Sunday, February 28, 2010

I'm Definitely a BIG FAN

Intellectual disability is the largest single life-long handicap existing in the Philippines today, affecting 3-7% of the population. More than 30,000 are born annually with the condition, and each passing year sees a rise in this figure. Each one of these special individuals needs the same care, attention and opportunity to be treated with respect and understanding as everyone else – because in the end, we are all human.
On the same month that Presidential Proclamation Nos. 1358 and 157 calls national attention on Down Syndrome and developmental disability, Special Olympics Philippines (SOP) calls on everyone to “Be a Fan,” a movement tapping into core attributes that everyone can appreciate – unity, acceptance, empowerment, dignity, courage, strength, pride, confidence and fun – for specialindividuals to receive the treatment they rightfully deserve, a rights based one.
“It is not disability, but personality – the capability to contribute to main society, not the condition – that makes an intellectually disabled person worthy to be treated with dignity and acceptance,” shared Anton Silos, a multi-awarded  bowler from SOP, a non-profit humanitarian organization pioneered in the United States by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, created to helpindividuals with intellectual disability achieve their potentials through an organized year-round program of sports training, athletic competition, and recreation. The organization provides opportunities toindividuals , like Anton, to have enriching experiences that show courage and joy, and develop their skills and gifts. Now present in over 200 countries, SOP aims and hopes to get everyone involved in this effort.
“Be a Fan of human dignity and acceptance,” said Dr. Therese Macapagal, incumbent president of the Special Olympics Philippines board. “Be a part of the movement by advocating the message of hope to institutions, actively campaigning to stop using the word ‘retard,’ joining thousands of families who  uphold the rights of special people. Theseindividuals can be helped to reach their maximum potential as human beings if we make the conscious choice to integrate them into society.”
The “Be a Fan” movement aims to change negative perceptions or attitudes concerning intellectually disabled individuals.  Through the sharing of resources and information both medical and sociological; through awareness-raising partnerships with media, government, academe and social institutions, it invites the public to get involved in ongoing efforts to improve the quality of life of all special people.
*To join the “Be a Fan” movement, log on to http://www.sophilippines.org, or call 9266947 and find out how you can help and share your life with intellectually disabledindividuals and be part of a global advocacy that pushes for human dignity and acceptance.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Led Has Arrived

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Samsung Electronics Philippines Corporation, announced that its award-winning full HD 3D entertainment products will be available to the Philippine consumers in April 2010, and the TVs will support new content and applications. As a result, Samsung will be the first company to make market-ready full HD 3D LED TVs available to Philippine consumers.
With the widest range of options in 3D home entertainment ever, including the first 3D LED TVs, 3D LCD and 3D Blu-ray PlayerSamsung continues to lead the home entertainment industry by liberating content and creating new, immersive experiences for consumers.
“The success of recent 3D movie titles is building anticipation from people who want to enjoy the richness of 3D content from the comfort of their living room,” said KyungChull Park, President & CEO of Samsung Electronics Philippines Corporation. “We are confident that by being first to market with the best integrated technology and approach, we have the best opportunity to capitalize on the market anticipation and continue to strengthen our leadership in 2010. Samsung continues to lead the industry by being the first in the market to deliverfull HD 3D LED TV — with the widest range of options of 3D home entertainment ever with a full line up of Flat Panel TVs, Blu-ray Player, and 3D Glasses – and we are lining up the best 3D content for our TVs to fuel adoption.”
Total Solution Support for Samsung 3D
With a comprehensive line up of 3D TV and AV products, proprietary 3D glasses developed by Samsung and strong content partnerships, Samsung is the leader in delivering a comprehensive 3D offering.
Starting with the LED Series 8 & 7, the LCD Series 7 TVs and the BD-C6900 Blu-ray player, the first 3D models will roll out in key markets beginning April, with additional models coming in by second half of the year. The products, which were unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, have already earned industry recognition, including receiving the top awards such as Best of CES and CES Innovation Honoree Awards.
Recognizing the need for strong content offering, Samsung also recently announced it has joined forces with DreamWorks Animation and Technicolor to accelerate the worldwide deployment of in-home 3D to mainstreamconsumers . The solution includes a broad line-up of 3D-capable HDTVs from Samsung, its new 3D Blu-ray disc player, and an exclusive promotion that includes a first-time feature-length, 3D Blu-ray version of DreamWorks Animation’s 2009 release, “Monsters vs. Aliens.”
Samsung 3D TVs that will be launched on April will also be able to convert normal 2D contents to 3D in real time. Thus, eliminating the current problem of having limited 3D softwares in the market.
Internet@TV
All of the 3D models will feature built-in Ethernet connection, wireless-ready capabilities, and Internet@TV, which provides access to the world’s first HDTV-based application store Samsung Apps. Samsung also announced that several new content providers will be delivering content and applications to the Samsung Apps store. Finally, outstanding design and energy-saving features will ensure that the 3D products fit with the sophisticated taste and environmental awareness of the modern consumer.
Samsung 3D Powered by Unique Technology
Samsung’s 3D products all include Samsung’s proprietary built-in 3D processor and emitter that is optimized for, and enables compatibility, with multiple 3D standards including half andfull HD resolution formats as well as the Blu-ray Disc Association approved “Blu-ray 3D” standard. In addition, Samsung’s 3D system delivers a picture using a full color spectrum for incredible depth and perfect clarity. For those who want to add the third dimension to their regular TV viewing, Samsung included in its 3D processor an auto-conversion technology that renders 2D content into 3D in real time.Consumers can add a level of depth and clarity to a live football game, with the simple push of a button.
*About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2008 consolidated sales of US$96 billion. Employing approximately 164,600 people in 179 offices across 61 countries, the company consists of seven independently operated business units: Visual Display, Mobile Communications, Telecommunication Systems, Digital Appliances, IT Solutions, Semiconductor and LCD. Recognized as one of the fastest growing global brands, Samsung Electronics is a leading producer of digital TVs, memory chips, mobile phones and TFT-LCDs.

*For more information, please visit www.samsung.com

Friday, February 26, 2010

Rings by Rajo Laurel for F & C Jewelry

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Rings symbolize eternity and commitment. They are tokens of promise and signify bonds that last a lifetime.  The earliest recorded history of wedding rings comes from the Egyptians, who used plants braided and fashioned into rings and bracelets. The ancient Romans, using metal, first introduced the practice of wearing engagement rings, while the Hebrews and Christians both had their own wedding ring traditions.
It is said that wedding bands are worn on the fourth finger of the left hand because the Greeks believed the vena amoris (or “vein of love”) ran from the heart to the tip of the ring finger. Medieval artisans made special embellishments for the band, often inscribing special words or messages.
Today the powerful significance of exchanging rings to symbolize the promise of commitment is the heart of the modern wedding ceremony.Choosing the right ring is important. Finding a reputable and trustworthy jeweller is key.
At F&C Jewelry, over 30 years of experience and a relationship of trust keep clients coming back. Marissa Florete Gorriceta of F&C Jewelry, a graduate of the Gemological Institute of America, says it is advisable to check the ring for the quality of materials and craftsmanship used. “It should really be made well,” she says. “I would also consider the client’s taste. Do you they want something plain or not? Sometimes the wedding band is worn with the engagement ring, so the rings should match,” says Ms. Gorriceta. While wedding bands are usually plain, an element of design adds a unique value and special meaning to the ring.
After all, the modern bride wants a perfect wedding filled with memorable and beautiful details.
Fashion designer Rajo Laurel’s distinctly feminine and romantic look, fused with modern elements and sumptuous details, makes him much sought-after for bridal designs. Tapping into another facet of his creative artistry, Rajo Laurel translates his love for fashion into a new form: fine jewellery.
In a special collaboration with F&C Jewelry, Rajo Laurel unveils a new collection of rings that are ideal as wedding bands or can be worn as personal adornment. He incorporates couture details (like rouching or quilting) and other diverse inspirations with the master craftsmanship of F&C Jewelry.
Rajo Laurel brings a new dimension to fine jewellery with his inventive designs, while F&C Jewelry offers a new and exciting line for their loyal clientele.
F&C (Florete and Caperonce) Jewelry was established in Iloilo in 1973 by husband and wife Marcelino Florete Jr. and Susan Caperonce. Over 30 years, F&C Jewelry has become a leader in jewelry making all over the country with a proud heritage and impeccable reputation for integrity. F&C’s quality jewelry pieces are both good investments and valuable touchstones that last a lifetime.
*Visit the F&C Jewelry’s 40 branches in various SM Department Stores throughout the Philippines.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

JASON CASTRO LIVE AT THE AYALA MALLS THIS MARCH!

“Let’s Just Fall In Love Again” A Sweet-Summer-Lovin’ Tune Off His
‘Love Uncompromised’ EP

Those who watched Jason Castro on the seventh season of American Idol are by now familiar with his likeably down-to-earth personality and aw-shucks demeanor. When he opens his mouth to sing, it’s like watching a totally different person. Any off-beat quirkiness seems to fall away when his authentic maturity and spell-binding voice melts the hearts of every listener.

This March get mesmerized while Jason Castro belts out colorful summer lovin’ tunes in Manila! You’re in for a sweet summer and post-Valentine treat from Warner Music Philippines and the The Ayala Malls as Jason Castro is looking forward to serenading his Manila & Cebu fans. Catch him live at these series of shows on March 18 – Trinoma, March 19 – Glorietta 5, March 20 – Ayala Center Cebu and March 21 – Market! Market!

Castro—A multi-talented singer and guitarist, was among the most popular and talented artists in American Idol history, entering the record books as the first contestant to play an instrument on the show. His performance of the Leonard Cohen-penned classic “Hallelujah” proved such an audience favorite that the late, great Jeff Buckley’s rendition of the song hit #1 on the iTunes chart the following week, selling an astonishing 178,000 digital singles. Jason scored a chart-topping single of his own a few weeks later with his interpretation of “Somewhere Over The Rainbow,” which also hit #1 on iTunes after a show-stopping performance of the song on American Idol. Upon the season’s conclusion, Castro was among the stars of the hugely successful “American Idols LIVE! 2008 Tour 2008”

The 22-year-old Texan earned himself a devoted fan base eager to hear what he would do once freed to perform his own songs. Those folks will get their chance with the release of Castro’s self-titled debut album on Atlantic Records. His season’s winner, David Cook, and runner-up, David Archuleta, both released debut albums about six months after the season finale. But no one rushed Jason Castro to pin down his style, and he certainly didn’t rush himself. It’s among the most sure-footed records, debut or otherwise, by an “Idol” contestant from any season. Partly that’s because Mr. Castro has had time to marinate, and to woodshed.

The heydays of the two David’s are over, it’s time to make way for Jason Castro’s music to fill the days of your summer and forward. Coming soon the Philippines is his The Love Uncompromised EP, a prelude to a full album this set to be released at a later date under Warner Music Philippines. For now you can enjoy “Let’s Just Fall In Love Again” on you cell phone and get the heart-on-sleeve and toe-tapping pop ring tune when you text JC to 5677!

Jason Castro Live at the Ayala Malls is brought to you by Warner Music Philippines & The Ayala Malls!

get "LET'S JUST FALL IN LOVE AGAIN" on your cell phone NOW!

txt JC to 5677

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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Posh Nails SM Marikina


POSH Nails SM Marikina is excited to serve you. For a fresh start, Posh Nails are giving away complimentary POSH Grooming or Foot Spa to 8 lucky Facebook fans! Posh Nails are opening their doors April 2010, just in time for a fab looking nails this summer. Join Now!
Mechanics:
1. Be a Facebook fan of POSH Nails – SM Marikina
2. Invite your friends to be a fan too
3. If we reach at least 250 fans by April 5, 2010, all fans are eligible to get complimentary services.
4. Prizes: Eight (8) winners of Complimentary Posh Grooming or Foot Spa (Winner’s choice)
5. Promo Period: February 12 – April 5, 2010
6. Draw Date: April 9, 2010
7. Winners will be announced on April 9 at POSH Nails – SM Marikina Facebook Fan Page wall.
8. All winners can go to the 3/L cinema level of SM Marikina anytime during the month of April 2010 to get their free complimentary service.
9. Complimentary services are transferable to your friends, family, relatives, or any of your loved ones! :)
So hurry and join! Share with your friends too :)
TIP:
Post as status update: “I’m a Fan of POSH Nails SM Marikina, become one too! If they get to 250 Fans by April 5, 2010, we all get a chance to win acomplimentary POSH Grooming or Foot Spa. Right in time for summer! (Join now: http://www.facebook.com/pages/POSH-Nails-SM-Marikina/297979157251?ref=mf)

Monday, February 22, 2010

Complete Tiger Woods Statement



PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Text of Tiger Woods' statement Friday, as transcribed by ASAP Sports:

Good morning, and thank you for joining me. Many of you in this room are my friends. Many of you in this room know me. Many of you have cheered for me or you've worked with me or you've supported me.

Now every one of you has good reason to be critical of me. I want to say to each of you, simply and directly, I am deeply sorry for my irresponsible and selfish behavior I engaged in.

I know people want to find out how I could be so selfish and so foolish. People want to know how I could have done these things to my wife Elin and to my children. And while I have always tried to be a private person, there are some things I want to say.

Elin and I have started the process of discussing the damage caused by my behavior. As Elin pointed out to me, my real apology to her will not come in the form of words; it will come from my behavior over time. We have a lot to discuss; however, what we say to each other will remain between the two of us.

I am also aware of the pain my behavior has caused to those of you in this room. I have let you down, and I have let down my fans. For many of you, especially my friends, my behavior has been a personal disappointment. To those of you who work for me, I have let you down personally and professionally. My behavior has caused considerable worry to my business partners.

To everyone involved in my foundation, including my staff, board of directors, sponsors, and most importantly, the young students we reach, our work is more important than ever. Thirteen years ago, my dad and I envisioned helping young people achieve their dreams through education. This work remains unchanged and will continue to grow. From the Learning Center students in Southern California to the Earl Woods scholars in Washington, D.C., millions of kids have changed their lives, and I am dedicated to making sure that continues.

But still, I know I have bitterly disappointed all of you. I have made you question who I am and how I could have done the things I did. I am embarrassed that I have put you in this position.

For all that I have done, I am so sorry.

I have a lot to atone for, but there is one issue I really want to discuss. Some people have speculated that Elin somehow hurt or attacked me on Thanksgiving night. It angers me that people would fabricate a story like that. Elin never hit me that night or any other night. There has never been an episode of domestic violence in our marriage, ever. Elin has shown enormous grace and poise throughout this ordeal. Elin deserves praise, not blame.

The issue involved here was my repeated irresponsible behavior. I was unfaithful. I had affairs. I cheated. What I did is not acceptable, and I am the only person to blame.

I stopped living by the core values that I was taught to believe in. I knew my actions were wrong, but I convinced myself that normal rules didn't apply. I never thought about who I was hurting. Instead, I thought only about myself. I ran straight through the boundaries that a married couple should live by. I thought I could get away with whatever I wanted to. I felt that I had worked hard my entire life and deserved to enjoy all the temptations around me. I felt I was entitled. Thanks to money and fame, I didn't have to go far to find them.

I was wrong. I was foolish. I don't get to play by different rules. The same boundaries that apply to everyone apply to me. I brought this shame on myself. I hurt my wife, my kids, my mother, my wife's family, my friends, my foundation, and kids all around the world who admired me.

I've had a lot of time to think about what I've done. My failures have made me look at myself in a way I never wanted to before. It's now up to me to make amends, and that starts by never repeating the mistakes I've made. It's up to me to start living a life of integrity.

I once heard, and I believe it's true, it's not what you achieve in life that matters; it's what you overcome. Achievements on the golf course are only part of setting an example. Character and decency are what really count.

Parents used to point to me as a role model for their kids. I owe all those families a special apology. I want to say to them that I am truly sorry.

It's hard to admit that I need help, but I do. For 45 days from the end of December to early February, I was in inpatient therapy receiving guidance for the issues I'm facing. I have a long way to go. But I've taken my first steps in the right direction.

As I proceed, I understand people have questions. I understand the press wants to ask me for the details and the times I was unfaithful. I understand people want to know whether Elin and I will remain together. Please know that as far as I'm concerned, every one of these questions and answers is a matter between Elin and me. These are issues between a husband and a wife.

Some people have made up things that never happened. They said I used performance-enhancing drugs. This is completely and utterly false. Some have written things about my family. Despite the damage I have done, I still believe it is right to shield my family from the public spotlight. They did not do these things; I did.

I have always tried to maintain a private space for my wife and children. They have been kept separate from my sponsors, my commercial endorsements. When my children were born, we only released photographs so that the paparazzi could not chase them. However, my behavior doesn't make it right for the media to follow my two-and-a-half-year-old daughter to school and report the school's location. They staked out my wife and they pursued my mom. Whatever my wrongdoings, for the sake of my family, please leave my wife and kids alone.

I recognize I have brought this on myself, and I know above all I am the one who needs to change. I owe it to my family to become a better person. I owe it to those closest to me to become a better man. That's where my focus will be.

I have a lot of work to do, and I intend to dedicate myself to doing it. Part of following this path for me is Buddhism, which my mother taught me at a young age. People probably don't realize it, but I was raised a Buddhist, and I actively practiced my faith from childhood until I drifted away from it in recent years. Buddhism teaches that a craving for things outside ourselves causes an unhappy and pointless search for security. It teaches me to stop following every impulse and to learn restraint. Obviously I lost track of what I was taught.

As I move forward, I will continue to receive help because I've learned that's how people really do change. Starting tomorrow, I will leave for more treatment and more therapy. I would like to thank my friends at Accenture and the players in the field this week for understanding why I'm making these remarks today.

In therapy I've learned the importance of looking at my spiritual life and keeping in balance with my professional life. I need to regain my balance and be centered so I can save the things that are most important to me, my marriage and my children.

That also means relying on others for help. I've learned to seek support from my peers in therapy, and I hope someday to return that support to others who are seeking help. I do plan to return to golf one day, I just don't know when that day will be.

I don't rule out that it will be this year. When I do return, I need to make my behavior more respectful of the game. In recent weeks I have received many thousands of e-mails, letters and phone calls from people expressing good wishes. To everyone who has reached out to me and my family, thank you. Your encouragement means the world to Elin and me.

I want to thank the PGA TOUR, Commissioner Finchem, and the players for their patience and understanding while I work on my private life. I look forward to seeing my fellow players on the course.

Finally, there are many people in this room, and there are many people at home who believed in me. Today I want to ask for your help. I ask you to find room in your heart to one day believe in me again.

Thank you.

Melason In Love airs on Monday

The most popular love team of the just concluded Pinoy Big Brother Double Up, Melisa Cantiveros and Jason Francisco stars in another reality TV shhow, staring this Monday, February 22, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. just before Showtime

We have witnessed Jason and Melai’s love story inside Kuya’s house in Pinoy Big Brother Double Up. Now that the season is over, followers of the Melason love team are asking these questions: Are Jason and Melai’s feelings for each other true? And will Melason’s love survive the outside world?

These questions will be answered by the reality show Melason In Love. Just like The Truman Show, Jason and Melai will be placed in a controlled environment where all the people they will meet are accomplices. Because of this, we will see Melason’s candid and spontaneous reactions to different situations. And by the end of the season, we will find out if theirlove is true or not.

Melason in Love is hosted by Bianca Gonzalez and will be shown at 10am from Mondays to Fridays, and at 10 pm on Saturdays on ABS-CBN.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

ALAGANG SUPERMOM, ALAGANG BISOLVON


Bisolvon knows the important role of mothers in taking care of the whole family.
For over forty years now, Bisolvon has become every supermom’s partner in stopping cough at its source.  Today, it is available in more than 100 countries around the world.

Bisolvon® contains bromhexine, a substance researched and developed by Boehringer Ingelheim that has proven efficacy in melting hard sticky phlegm to get rid of cough.

Bisolvon® is suitable for the whole family. Bisolvon® is available in syrup, tablets & capsules to provide specific solutions for the individual treatment of adults and children of different ages. Knowing Bisolvon® from their own childhood, countless mothers worldwide trust it to provide effective and reliable treatment whenever cough troubles the family.

Dahil sa Alagang Bisolvon, solve ang ubo!


WHAT IS BROMHEXINE?


Bromhexine was discovered in the Asian plant Adhatoda vasica. Its dried leaves were administered as a tea against cough and asthma in India for its secretolytic action.

Bromhexine is effective in stimulating secretion of fluid by the mucous glands of the respiratory tract, thereby improving air passage in the lungs. Bromhexine was developed in the research laboratories of Boehringer Ingelheim in the late 1950s as an active ingredient for pharmaceutical use.

Thanks to this mucus-clearing effect, Bisolvon makes it easier for the respiratory tract to eliminate phlegm naturally. It eases productive cough and helps in overcoming infections.
The Bisolvon® family
60 ml Adult Cough Syrup
60 ml Pedia Cough Syrup
120 ml Adult Cough Syrup
120 ml Pedia Cough Syrup
Bisolvon Forte Capsule
Bisolvon Tablet

Saturday, February 20, 2010

BISOLVON ALAGANG SuperMOMents


In this digital age, it’s now easier for moms to share their kids’ photos via social networking sites and blog sites. And what mother would not want to boast about the priceless moments she spends with her children? From an exciting and fun-filled day by the park, to an enjoyable swimming outing, moms are usually the first to show the world just how joyful these precious moments spent with the family are. Bisolvon, moms’ trusted partner for over 40 years in battling against the family’s cough, understands just how proud moms are to share these photos. And now, showing the world these one-of-a-kind moments caught on camera has been made even more rewarding, as moms will now get a chance to win as much as P50,000 plus TV and magazine appearance for them and their kids with Bisolvon’s Alagang SuperMOMents online photo contest.
 


BISOLVON Alagang SuperMOMents Photo Contest Mechanics
Who can join?
• Contest is open to all mothers residing in the Philippines
• Employees of Boehringer Ingelheim and its agencies, and their relatives up to the 2nd degree of consanguinity or affinity are not eligible to join
How to join
1. Register for free at
http://www.alagangsupermom.com.ph
2. Visit the Photo Contest section and click on the Join Now button
3. Key-in your Bisolvon Syrup product batch number and official receipt number from proof of purchase
4. Upload a photo of yourself sharing a superMOMent with your child, or family
5. Once uploaded, photos will be available for viewing at the Contest Gallery
How to upload entries
1. Visit the Photo Contest section and click on the Join Now button
2. Click on the Browse button to choose an image from your computer
3. Click on the Submit button once an image is chosen
4. Click on the Upload Entry button to begin uploading your photo
5. A confirmation message will appear once uploading is finished.
How to Vote
1. Visit the Photo Contest section and click on the View the Gallery button
2. Click on a thumbnail to view an entry
3. To vote for an entry, click on the Vote for this Entry button
4. A window will appear prompting you to enter product batch number and official receipt number or just simply cast your vote
5. Key-in your Bisolvon product batch number and official receipt from proof of purchase to boost your voting power or click on the Submit to cast your vote.
o Example
  • Without product batch number & official receipt number: 1 user = 1 vote
  • With product batch number & official receipt number: 1 user = 50 votes
• A confirmation message will appear to confirm your vote.
Contest Prizes
• Alagang Supermom Gold: Php 50,000 Plus TV & Magazine appearance
• Alagang Supermom Silver: Php 25,000
• Alagang Supermom Bronze: 5 winners of Php 10,000
Lucky Voters
• An electronic raffle draw will generate 2 lucky voters and will be announced on June 2, 2010
Entry Submission
Upload your entries from February 20, 2010, 12:00AM to April 20, 2010, 11:59PM
Finals
• Boehringer Ingelheim and its agencies will judge all the entries based on the following criteria
  • Creativity and Image Quality – 20%
  • Emotional Impact – 30%
  • Number of votes – 50%
• Judging will determine the top 50 contest entries
• Names of the 50 finalists will be announced on April 26, 2010
• Entries from the 50 finalists will be posted in the Contest Gallery for voting from April 26, 2010 to May 16, 2010
• Only votes secured from April 26, 2010 12:00AM to May 16, 2010 11:59PM will be counted.
Announcement of winners
Winning entries and 2 lucky voters will be published on the contest website on June 2, 2010. Winners will be notified via email and SMS
Where to claim prizes
Prizes can be claimed at the Universal McCann office: 33/F GT Tower International, HV Dela Costa corner Ayala Avenue, Salcedo Village, Makati City. Winners must bring at least 2 valid IDs when claiming prize as well as the Bisolvon product and official receipt asproof of purchase
More fun and exciting programs from Bisolvon
Because Bisolvon salutes all dedicated mothers, which they call SuperMoms, they will also have exciting programs and special bonding activities for moms & kids on February 28, 2010 at the Activity Center of the Festival Mall, Alabang for the launch of Bisolvon’s Alagang SuperMOMentsonline photo contest. SuperMoms can bond with their kids for one whole day as the activity center will be transformed into one exciting activity area, which will host several exciting stations that include: an Art Area, a Nintendo Wii Station, Inflatables, and a Ball Pool. A Photo Booth will also be mounted to give families a chance to capture the special day. Such photos from the booth can also be used as entries. An uploading station will be available during the event. To complement this launch and share the event with families residing outside Metro Manila, 2 mall tours will be held at Marquee Mall, Angeles, Pampanga and at Ayala Center, Cebu City. To further promotethe contest, Bisolvon will also go around schools and offices to invite moms & kids to share their SuperMOMents.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Gabby Concepcion LIVE at The Venice Piazza

Gabby Concepcion takes over the airwaves as he makes a name for himself in the recording industry. Catch the ultimate heartthrob of Philippine cinema as he launches his latest album UNFORGETTABLE on February 20, 2010, Saturday, 7PM at the Venice Piazza at McKinley Hills, Fort Bonifacio , Taguig.
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Thursday, February 18, 2010

The Happiest Pinoys In Town








Last year, Cebuana Lhuillier Insurance Solutions (CLIS) set out to find the Happiest Pinoy. A successful campaign that rekindled the values of optimism, resilience, and hope in the Filipino nation, the Search for the Happiest Pinoy brought forth many inspiring stories and exemplar citizens that truly evoke the spirit of patriotism. And after sifting through the entries, seven were shortlisted by the panel of judges.


The criteria seemed simple but were genuinely sincere. Just as CLIS highlights the positive things that come with obtaining quality and affordable insurance security, the Search for the Happiest Pinoy looked for Pinoys with an optimistic outlook in life, a cheerful disposition, the ability to rise above life’s challenges, and a positive impact in the lives of others.


Among the shortlisted Pinoys is Maria Kathrina L. Yarza. Even after being diagnosed with neurofibromatosis, a rare cancer that affects the nervous system, she still carries her winning smile like a medal. Yarza, despite being on a wheelchair all the time, was able to establish a fund-raising project, Help My Ear Hear, to support others who have hearing disabilities. She also solicits help for patients in the Philippine General Hospital’s pediatric ward.



Another finalist is Caloocan Rotary Club president Gerardo Gamez. From a high school student selling newspapers to earn his keep, Gamez was able to finish college through a scholarship and move forward in life. Even with one arm amputated, he was able to excel in sales because of his product demonstrations. Truly a sign of hope, Gamez was able to put up a firm that generated jobs for high school graduates and helped them succeed in life.  



The rest of the finalists include Rex A. Bernardo, Nona David Andaya-Castillo, Celestino Habito, Carolina Reyes, and Winston A. Maxino. Each has their own unique stories behind their smiles.


Judging the contest will be a panel cut from different sectors of society. CLIS has chosen experts in the different fields to find out who among the seven is the Happiest Pinoy. The judges included are esteemed personalities from different fields such as the academe, government, business, entertainment, and media, namely: University of the Philippines President Dr. Emerlinda Roman, Asian Institute of Management Dean Prof. Victoria Licuanan, Gawad Kalinga Chairman Antonio Meloto, former Isabela Governor Grace Padaca, Brahma Kumaris Chairperson Rebecca Ortega, Environmental Heroism Awardee Timmy Cruz, Philippine Daily Inquirer Chairperson Marixi R. Prieto, and PJ Lhuillier Group of Companies Chief Administrative Officer Jose Miguel Jimenez.


The Search for the Happiest Pinoy awarded its winner with a cash prize of PhP200,000 and spearheaded CLIS’ thrust towards giving Filipinos quality and affordable insurance.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

A New Option

Television is a electronic media that we could get important information, great enetrtainment, and education.  Prople, whateever their age is, like watching TV program. They also has own each favorite programs such as family, movies, sports, international, business/news.

There is an elite satelite TV named Direct TV. They offer great promotions and packages which includes all of these TV programs including HD program. Which is already complete Besdes that, DIRECTTV very interesting packages. It means we can get all pleasure and advantages having that unique TV viewing experience.


What are advantages you can get from DIRECTV? Some are almost 265 channels offered, completed movies, that you can get three months free of showtime and starz, and that you could upgrade HD and DVR receiver freely. Besides that, Direct TV offers HD channels that makes you be able to get access to over 130 channels in HD and access to latest movies internationally.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Yahoo! Purple Thumb



Yahoo! has harnessed the power of social media and developed a first-of-its-kind election dedicated microsite called Purple Thumb (www.yourpurplethumb.com). The Purple Thumb microsite gives Filipino voters the opportunity to share user generated content, post images, videos and express their views on the 2010 Philippine election. The microsite leverages top Yahoo! properties Yahoo! Answers and Meme.

Filipino voters can join a real time election conversation from the Purple Thumb microsite; discover more about the Presidential candidates, and share election images on Meme. Additionally Yahoo! Philippines is working with media partners; ABS-CBN, Philstar.com, Manila Bulletin as well as bloggers and local NGOs to deliver balanced coverage of the election on the microsite.

The advent of social media has extended the democratic process to the digital space, allowing people to socialize with one another and at the same time gather news and information. With the help of social media tools, the rules of engagement have changed. Now, with internet access, anyone can be an online researcher, publisher and broadcaster.

Yahoo!, where over 600 million people visit every month, aims to bring together social experiences from across the web in a single place. Communities tied together by services such as Twitter, Facebook and Friendster are changing the way people gather news online.

The consumption of news has shifted from discovering "what happened" to finding out "what's happening right now.” News is no longer one sided it is now a two way conversation which connects online users and invites them to influence the creation of news as it happens.

“We believe that social media serves as an important platform in the coming elections. With the help of our content partners the Purple Thumb microsite will bring Filipino people the most comprehensive election news as it happens,” explained Jack Madrid, Yahoo! Philippines Country General Manager. “Not only do they receive the most updated news, the microsite also provides a platform to freely discuss opinions, share images, content and up to the minute news,” added Madrid.

The Yahoo! Purple Thumb Meme account hosted on the microsite can be found at hash tag #Yourpurplethumb.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Fall in love freewheelingly with Windscape


  Avon,  the  company  for women, a leading global beauty company and world's largest direct seller, has been providing women all over the globe not just with  world  class  beauty products, skin care, jewelry and accessories and intimate  apparel  but  with earning opportunities to ensure women a better future.

This February 2010, Avon will be launching a new addition to its growing best-selling portfolio of fragrances with the introduction of Windscape.  Windscape is a His and Her scent made for free spirited couples who embody and inspire the uplifting sense of freedom.

To celebrate the launch of Windscape this Valentine’s season, Avon salutes the story of 3 free-spirited couples: Suzi Entrata-Abrera and Paolo Abrera, Rissa Mananquil and Paolo Trillo, Issa Litton-Garrido and Tiger Garrido. Each couple share the same passion for living life to the fullest - free as the wind, much like the personality of Windscape.

We would like to offer this story to your publication with photos of the couples taken by master lens man Pat Dy.
Global leader in direct selling and the country’s no. 1 fragrance company Avon celebrates the love month with the unveiling of its newest fragrance, Windscape For Him and Her. Windscape is the cool, sparkling fragrance for men and women who live their lives as a daring adventure, who want the sun’s warmth on their skin and the wind rushing in their hair. Windscape evokes the raw power of nature to make your heart pump and your senses come alive.
To mark this special launch, Avon turns the spotlight on three Filipino couples for whom life is a bold adventure, who keep their faces toward change and whose spirits are as free as wind.
           
 SUZI ENTRATA-ABRERA & PAOLO ABRERA: Follow your bliss
Celebrity mom Suzi Entrata-Abrera and triathlete and TV host Paolo Abrera first met in 1997 on the sports-oriented show Gameplan, where they both worked as hosts. Together and on camera, Suzi and Paolo traveled to exciting places, jumped off cliffs, dove into the ocean depths, and took enormous risks to bring the rush of extreme sports to their viewers. 

RISSA MANANQUIL & PAOLO TRILLO: The ordinary can also be extraordinary
They first met  in a Christmas party for the fashion industry. She was then president of the Professional Models Association of the Philippines while he was managing partner of Fiamma,” 


ISSA LITTON-GARRIDO & TIGER GARRIDO: Open yourself up to everything life has to offer
Issa Litton-Garrido and Tiger Garrido met in a blind date and tied the knot in a Stars Wars-themed wedding ceremony. The couple enjoys going to the beach, dancing, watching movies and getting massages together. Given Tiger’s hectic work schedule, they try to enjoy the simple moments of walking together after dinner, or sharing the day’s events with each other, or playing with their girls in their bedroom.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Binalot's Leaf of Faith

Real CSR means Sustainability
Corporate Social Responsibility has become a key endeavor for a lot of companies, both local and multi-national, the idea being to give back something to the community it serves. However, a lot of CSR activities are focused on providing short-term assistance only (i.e. dole outs) instead of developing a long-term program.

Recognizing this, Rommel Juan thought of developing a sustainable program that benefits both the company and the community. “For CSR programs to make sense, a project should be a “win-win” proposition that can be sustained over a long-term instead of a one-shot deal,” explains Juan adding that this is the reason why his company – Binalot Fiesta Foods – came up with the DAHON (Dangal At Hanapbuhay para sa Nayon) Program.

The DAHON program was launched in 2007 to help banana farmers from Nagcarlan, Laguna, where Binalot sources the banana leaves used to wrap meals. “The program helps them earn more by buying their banana leaves, which assures them of income on top of banana sales and ensures a steady supply of banana leaves for us,” explains Juan.

Aside from economic sustainability, the program has also empowered the women and elderly of the community according to Robie Mateo, Program Coordinator. He further shares, “Women now earn around 200 pesos a day from cutting banana leaves while the elderly are given a sense of purpose because even at their age they are being productive by assisting in cutting and preparing leaves.”
The environment also benefits since leaf trimmings are used as compost material at the community level. “Our commissary used to throw the banana leaf trimmings away but the community found a way to make use of them. This has helped strengthen our commitment to the environment,” explains Mateo.
Binalot now wants to expand its CSR operations by adopting more communities. “The program has been going on for the past two years and has helped a lot of banana farmers and their families. We want to see this happen in more communities. Of course, we would need help from other organizations and individuals in replicating and spreading it.”

For more information about Binalot’s DAHON Program, contact Robie Mateo of Binalot Foundation Secretariat 481-6155, 0922-8573284.
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Saturday, February 13, 2010

UPS SPONSORS 15th PHILIPPINE HOT AIR BALLOON FIESTA


CLARK, Pampanga, Philippines, 12 Feb 2010– For eight years, UPS (NYSE) has helped bring fun and excitement to Filipinos with the Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta. As one of the Hot Air Balloon Fiesta’s sponsors, UPS brings in the balloons from the different countries involved in the event.
“We are proud to continue to be associated with this exciting annual event. The job of transporting the balloons from different parts of the globe from countries as far away as Finland and Sweden confirms the range, reliability and flexibility of our network,” said UPS Philippines managing director Tim Gohoc.
UPS covers more than 200 countries and territories worldwide with 266 carrier planes and a delivery fleet of more than 99,400 vehicles.
This year’s celebration is expected to be bigger and more spectacular — with balloons coming in from 25 countries and an estimated crowd of 100,000.
“The Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta has given Filipinos from all walks of life something to look forward to. From the balloon take-off and aerial displays to the various exhibits, the young and the young-at-heart can find something they fancy at the event,” said Gohoc.
The 15th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta, which will be held until the 14th of February (Sunday), is currently the country’s biggest aviation sports event. Since it started in 1994, the Hot Air Balloon Fiesta has been recognized as one of the major ballooning events in the world, alongside similar events held in Japan and New Mexico in the US.
Additional information and event details for the 14th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta are available at http://www.philballoonfest.net.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Limousine Dreams

If I had the money to spend on a vacation. I would definitely hire a limousine. You will be able to make the most out of your time and you will be able to enjoy the whole experience all together. If you are visiting someone in New York then you will also be able to relish the experience of a Brooklyn limousine service.You might want to take the person you are visiting for a ride in your limo services.

You and the person you visit will be able to take advantage of the cheap limousine New York has to offer.You will be dazzled by the sights and I'm sure that you and your guest you will never forget the superb service of the discount limousine New York has offered.
 
I truly believe that you get what you pay for. So why not splurge if you can afford it right? Who doesn't want professional service. I would really appreciate chauffeurs who will take me  to the appointed destinations and a guided tour would also be great.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Regrets

If there's one thing that I regret its not being able to watch a show on Broadway. I would have wanted to see The Addams Family. I mean it's the Adams Family portrait you’ve never seen before. Gomez, all mad impetuosity, Morticia, equal parts fire and ice, Fester, restless and romantic, Pugsley, for whom immediate gratification can’t come soon enough and Wednesday, eighteen years old and finally feeling what it means to be a woman. A family that’s quite shockingly, and endearingly, just like yours.You can be sure I will save The Adams family tickets and will be putting it in my scrapbook.

My 2 year old loves Taylor Swift and I wouldn't be surprised that she'll be asking me to buy her
Taylor Swift Tickets when she turns 8. .That or take her to watch Houston Rodeo Tickets. It's a decision that I don't want to make.

I hope it won't be long till we travel again and by then I know that the choices will no longer limited.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Valentines Day

An all-star ensemble cast comes together in "Valentine's Day," which follows the intertwining storylines of a diverse group of Los Angelenos as they navigate their way through romance and heartbreak over the course of one Valentine's Day. Couples and singles experience the pinnacles and pitfalls of finding, keeping or ending relationships in a day in the life of love.

The Cast:
Directed by veteran filmmaker Garry Marshall, the film stars Jessica Alba ("Fantastic Four"), Academy Award  winner Kathy Bates ("Misery"), Jessica Biel ("I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry"), Bradley Cooper ("The Hangover"), Eric Dane (TV's "Grey's Anatomy"), Patrick Dempsey ("Enchanted"), Hector Elizondo (the "Princess Diaries" films), Academy Award® winner Jamie Foxx ("Ray"), Jennifer Garner ("Juno"), Topher Grace ("Spider-Man 3"), Academy Award® nominee Anne Hathaway ("Rachel Getting Married"), Ashton Kutcher ("What Happens in Vegas"), Academy Award® nominee Queen Latifah ("Chicago"), Taylor Lautner ("The Twilight Saga: New Moon"), George Lopez ("Beverly Hills Chihuahua"), Academy Award® winner Shirley MacLaine ("Terms of Endearment"), Emma Roberts ("Hotel for Dogs"), Academy Award® winner Julia Roberts ("Erin Brockovich") and award-winning singer-songwriter Taylor Swift, in her feature film debut. 



My Review:




For fans of bonbons and Hallmark sentiment who wish Valentine's Day lasted forever, Garry Marshall's movie arrives like the answer to a prayer. "Valentine's Day" is yet another Hollywood romantic comedy that's all but devoid of romance and laughs.

Valentine’s Day, an ensemble comedy cut that wants us to think that it was sewn from the same fabric as Love Actually and He’s Just Not That Into You, tells intertwining stories that tries to intersect at odd angles during 24 hours on one particular Valentine’s Day in Los Angeles. It’s a romantic movie stuffed with so much candy that you would probably want water to just wash it down a bit.

Directed by Garry Marshall, this movie brings together an “all-star cast” (by today’s dubious definition, anyway) that runs the gamut from better singer than actress Flavor of the Moment Taylor Swift and better shirtless Taylor Lautner to veteran Oscar winner Shirley MacLaine. Some make seismic tremors. Others barely show up on a Geiger counter. All have appeared in better venues elsewhere. The theory that even in this crazy world that the Blackberry is your best friend and that every needs a burst of love every February is shown by a bottomless and inexhaustible serendipity.

The characters include a TV sportscaster (Jamie Foxx) dispatched by his crazy program director (Kathy Bates) to do a fluff piece at a downtown flower market, and a happy and in love florist (Ashton Kutcher) who gets dumped by his self-centered fiancée who everyone doesn't like but no one really tells him.His best friend (Jennifer Garner), a schoolteacher, is left alone in bed by the dashing, newly divorced doctor she loves (Patrick Dempsey of Grey’s Anatomy), who says he’s flying to San Francisco on “business.” Meanwhile, the handsome liar turns up at the flower shop to buy red roses for somebody else before driving his red convertible home to his wife and family.

In a Malibu beach house, a superstar sex-symbol quarterback (another hunky Grey’s Anatomy star, Eric Dane) announces his retirement from football to the horror of his butch press agent (Queen Latifah), who is struggling to keep his hottie image alive while breaking in a new motorcycle-riding receptionist (Anne Hathaway), who earns extra money as a phone-sex expert. May I also mention  high school girl (Emma Roberts) who's openly scheduling a virginity-ending session with her boyfriend (Carter Jenkins).

The part I liked the least was when Ashton was Grappling with airport security at LAX while heading her off from a wild goose chase to San Francisco to find the doctor. In the end of course the florist ends up locking lips with the schoolteacher, while two strangers (Julia Roberts and Bradley Cooper) wake up together on an approaching 14-hour flight. Their roles I have to admit were really unpredictable.Did I even hesitate to even mention Shirley MacLaine and Hector Elizondo as Estelle and Edgar, two old grandparents who fall out over one of the wife’s old affairs, which must have even happened before a Man walked on the Moon.

The best scene in Valentine’s Day is a party in an Indian restaurant for people who hate Valentine’s Day. Should you see it? Only if you want to prove me wrong

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Rent

New York's East Village has a group of bohemian artists struggling with poverty, illness, and their own criss-crossing relationships. Songwriter Roger shut off when his girlfriend killed herself. He resists his attraction to Mimi, an exotic dancer with baggage of her own. Filmmaker Art is trying to mix art and commerce. He and his girlfriend Maureen recently broke up, and she is now with the lawyer Joanne. Tom, a professor, gets rescued from a mugging incident by Angel, a street dummer and his soul mate. Benny has been estranged from his friends since he married their landlord's daughter and has rescinded his promise to provide rent-free space for the artists.

 The cast includes Gian Magdangal as Roger Davis, an HIV+ songwriter; Fredison Lo as Mark Cohen, an independent filmmaker; and Nicole Asensio as Mimi Marquez, an HIV+ exotic dancer.

It also features the theatrical debut of OJ Mariano as Tom Collins, a gay philosophy professor and anarchist with AIDS; Carla Guevara-Laforteza as Maureen Johnson, a bisexual performance artist; Noel Rayos as Benjamin "Benny" Coffin III, the local landlord; Job Bautista as Angel Dumott Schunard, a gay drag queen percussionist with AIDS; Jenny Villegas as Joanne Jefferson, a lawyer and Maureen’s partner; and Cara Barredo, alternating with Ms. Asensio as Mimi Marquez.

Here are some of my comments. I really liked the show but I really did think that Gian and Mimi really lacked the chemistry and the passion. They were supposed to be in love.I also loved the performance Carla Guevara-Laforteza as Maureen Johnson. I could also never forget the performance of Job Bautista as Angel Dumott Schunard and OJ Mariano as Tom Collins it was so moving  and touching. It really moved me to tears and  I really thought they stood out and really stole the show.


Thanks so much for the chance to be able to see it I am truly grateful for Director Robbie Guevara, Toots Tolentino and Santi Santamariafor such a wonderful and spectacular experience! Good Job to 9 Works Theatrical!

Catch RENT: The Musical in Manila on the following dates: February 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27 and 28. fridays, saturdays and sundays at 8:00PM
saturdays at 3:30PM & sundays at 4:30PM
Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza
Ayala Corner Sen. Gil Puyat Avenues, Makati City 1200 For tickets: call 557.58.60 or TicketWorld at 891.9999