Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Dyslipidemia: What Every Filipino Should Know

Cardiovascular diseases are still very much prevalent in the lives of many Filipinos. This is due to the fact that Filipinos love to eat. Each time we gather, there will always be something to eat. And even if we eat something that's supposedly nutritious such as the Ilocano vegetable dish Pinakbet, still it's not as healthy as you think it is. Why is that so? Primarily because we cook our Pinakbet with fermented shrimp paste [Bagoong] which is really salty and we also include chunks of crispy deep-fried bagnet [pork belly] as toppings for our pinakbet. So how would you say that it is a healthy vegetable dish when you have all of these things as part of your ingredients? That's why we are said to be predisposed to CVD and ischemic stroke among many other lifestyle associated diseases. 

Have you ever heard of Dyslipidemia? I have not encountered this word until I had recently heard about it when I had attended a bloggers event by Zuellig Pharma and Amgen Philippines to create awareness of CVD and its implications. During the said event, Dr. Lourdes Ella Santos, MD, an Adult Cardiologist and Lipidologist gave a short talk about this alarming condition called dyslipidemia as well as discussed about other risk factors on certain heart diseases and ailments.

Monday, September 9, 2019

FREE Movies at the Cine Mexico at Shangri-La Plaza’s Red Carpet Theater

Cine Mexico at the Red Carpet of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall

Back in the 90’s, I guess we’ve all been guilty at some point in our lives of being hooked to poignant Mexican telenovelas or soap operas. If you weren’t into that, then perhaps you must’ve enjoyed at least any delicious Mexican food or you must’ve been a beauty pageant fanatic who would always look for  Mexico’s representative with much anticipation. But have you ever tried watching any Mexican film? In the recent years, two of the five Best Picture winners at the much-acclaimed award-giving body Oscars have been films by Mexican directors—Alejandro Inarritu’s Birdman and Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water. I was able to see The Shape of Water and it was indeed one of the greatest Mexican films I had ever seen. There were unexpected twists on the said movie’s ending which gave audiences something to think about as they left the cinema. Such films along with Alfonso Cuaron’s Roma which recently received accolades helped put Mexico’s reputation for contemporary cinema.

Now here’s the good news for everyone, you too can watch and see Mexican films for FREE this coming Cine Mexico which will be happening from September 20 until 24, 2019 at the Red Carpet Theater Cinema 4 of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall in Mandaluyong City. This is in partnership with the Embassy of Mexico in Manila and the Film Development Council of the Philippines.

Friday, September 6, 2019

Bayani Agbayani as brand ambassador for CLC Marketing Ventures Corporation's Home Suite

CLC Marketing Ventures Corporation, the company behind Home Suite brand--recently launched popular comedian Bayani Agbayani as its latest celebrity endorser and brand ambassador. 

CLC Ventures Corp. President and CEo Mr. Charles Ching with Bayani Agbayani

Ms. Len [Bayani's wife, Mr. Charlie Ching, CEO and President of CLC Ventures Corp., Bayani Agbayani and Charles Peter Ching

Bayani Agbayani is indeed a perfect choice for the world-class quality products produced by Home Suite because Bayani is a good family man who also believes in the excellent craftsmanship of Filipino products. Home Suite, being proudly Filipino-made is a staple in most Filipino homes for the past three decades. 

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

New adventures and songs await kids in REP’s The Quest for the Adarna

It was on my first year in high school where I came across the kingdom of Berbanya where the adventures of Ibong Adarna happened. It was a really nice story about three brothers and their father [the King] who  has gotten ill and only the Adarna bird could restore back the King's health. A 16th century Filipino epic poem about an eponymous magical bird, the story of the Ibong Adarna has captivated children across the Philippines for generations. Now, it's thrilling to know that well-loved theater company, Repertory Philippines takes the wonderful story of the Adarna bird onstage as it is brings the colorful tale to life for families everywhere with a new English version called The Quest for the Adarna.

Produced through RTYA (REP’s Theater for Young Audiences), the vibrant original musical will be running from September 14 to January 26 at Onstage Theater, Greenbelt 1.

The play takes place in the peaceable and prosperous kingdom of Berbania, which is ruled by the beloved King Fernando and his equally loved wife, Queen Valeriana. They are blessed with three sons–all mighty warriors. The eldest and heir to the throne is the pompous Prince Pedro; the second son is the dashing Prince Diego; and, the youngest, the kind-hearted Prince Juan.

Their idyllic life is shattered when King Fernando is struck by a mysterious sickness and can only be healed by the song of the mythical bird, Adarna. Anyone wanting to capture the bird must travel to its home on Mount Tabor, a journey that is difficult and froth with danger. After his first two brothers fail on their quest, Prince Juan bravely takes on the task to save his father.

An enduring epic that remains one of our great cultural treasures, the Ibong Adarna story is reborn as an entertaining play with original music. Suitable for children of all ages, The Quest for the Adarna is an original RTYA Production under Creative Director Joy Virata, assisted by co-directors Jamie Wilson and Naths Everett, with music by Rony Fortich and book and lyrics by Luna Griño-Inocian.

A wonderful cast completes this production, featuring both stage veterans and fresh faces. The titular Adarna will be played by Carla Guevara-Laforteza, Shiela Valderrama-Martinez, Andrea Monique Alvarado, and Cara Barredo. Joining them are Arion Sanchez, Jim Andrew Ferrer, Ade Valenzona as Prince Pedro, Vinni Todd, Luis Marcelo, and Sean Nolasco as Prince Diego, and Leo John Guinid, Diego Aranda, and Neo Rivera as Prince Juan.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Enjoy Sumptuous Brunch Buffet in this Private Piece of Paradise called Saltitude Dive & Beach Resort Anilao

Saltitude Dive & Beach Resort, Anilao, Batangas

Eager to explore more of Batangas? Begin your ecstatic island getaway with an engaging combination of good food and awesome water sports. Discover new sights, smells, and tastes with a beautiful beachside feast. Feel right at home as you ease into Saltitude Dive & Beach Resort, the destination of choice for a memorable escapade.

Saltitude is where you can do a lot of water sports

There’s nothing like witnessing the sea waters as they reflect the eternal horizon. During my recent out of town travel with fellow foodies and blogger friends, we had the chance to enjoy a sumptuous brunch buffet at Saltitude Dive & Beach Resort in Anilao, Mabini, Batangas. After all, one of the must-do’s when you’re on a travel is to sample the buffet spread and what it difference does it offer. This definitely saves you the trouble of finding a suitable venue during your weekend getaway. 

Saltitude Dive & Beach Resort

Saltitude Dive & Beach Resort is known for its most spectacular beach front location, but one can also indulge in fabulously fresh, all-day dining here. Explore the crystal clear water and scattered diving spots that surround the resort and have fun in different water sports like windsurfing, kayak, snorkel, swimming among many others.

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