Monday, August 21, 2017

Repertory Philippines' Beauty & the Beast Children's Theatre at Onstage Greenbelt

Musicals come in many forms and can be singular experiences in different world cultures. We have had our own great traditions of musical theatre and many of our classical and folk theatrical forms are rooted in music and singing. After fashion, it may be said that our films are well-crafted musicals. Yet the idea of razzmatazz...the grand spectacle in musical theatre is similar to that from Broadway/West End that has proved to be incredibly successful. Its allure and extraordinariness are bankrolled and bundled in an 'experience' that must be had, that must be consumed. Repertory Philippines' latest offering for their Children's Theatre, staging Beauty and the Beast, the original tale by novelist Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve. But of course, they also included some entertaining elements from the 1991 well-loved Disney film. Thus, this tale as old as time story also offers the same thrill and magical experience.

Sure, it may not be from Disney, but it's still as magical and awesome as I remember it to be. And as expected in any REP production, director Joy Virata, who is also the artistic director for REP, delivers a predictable, yet resounding spectacle, complete with spectacular sets, orchestrated lighting, choreography, and the works. 

The production is also distinguished by its cast. The main cast is solid. They are competent singers as well as actors, thus doing justice to the nature of a musical. The star of the show is clearly Cara Barredo who plays Beauty, but George Schulze, the guy who played the Beast, is fairly good too. Cara [as Beauty] seems perfect in her role.  

Mimi and Fifi [Beauy's sisters] with their suitors Pierre and Jacques

For REP's production of Beauty and the Beast, the story began with a merchant returning home from a failed business trip who sought shelter from a storm in a seemingly unoccupied palace with an enchanted rose garden. After the storm subsides, he plucks a rose from the garden to give to the youngest of his three daughters, only to discover that the palace and garden are enchanted and owned by a terrifying beast. The beast demands that the merchant send his youngest daughter, Beauty, to live with him in payment for the rose, a demand to which the brave maiden agrees.

Beauty with her sisters Mimi and Fifi

Schulze is one of the most articulate actors I have known and can deliver his lines with humour, irony or sarcasm as the case may be. The rest of the team, including the table, the chair, the roses, the candelabra, the silver rose—were all in their element. Quite remarkably, staging the said show can really be a challenge. The flip side though is that this is clearly an attempt, albeit a sincere one, to recreate the 'Disney live action' recent film [which had no less than Emma Watson (Harry Potter's Hermione Granger) as Beauty]. Comparisons in any case would be unfair. But could this REP version have been more challenging and persuasive? Perhaps. 

Cara Barredo plays as Beauty while George Schulze plays the Beast/Prince

I had almost forgotten this classic fairy-tale with its origins in France. When early in the show, Beauty gets exuberant about dreams and adventure, and being the 'odd' one in her family, I sat up. Aah, she brought me back to my childhood as I relish the 1991 Disney film inside my thoughts. Of course, she plies the familiar route eventually, but not before she has the guts to love a 'beast' and reveals that beauty need not be external. It's a perfectly acceptable moral by a spirited heroine for children to take home. Watch this production with your little ones, the bigger ones, or otherwise, and you are in for a captivating theatrical experience with the very capable and charming Cara Barredo leading the show.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Book and Borders Cafe Opens in Manhattan Residences, Araneta Center Cubao

Whoever thought to combine books and coffee was onto something. Just like Book & Borders Café, it takes every customer into a whole new level of experience. At this aptly named cafe, all the books face out from the shelves so you can digest their covers and gobble them up as you please.

This may be the ideal curl-up café: aside from an array of best-sellers, the store has cozy ambiance and comfy seats, while the balcony fronting the other buildings is a perfect spot to indulge in their ridiculously large number of food offerings (including, er, awesome pasta, sandwiches and sweet pastries!). But the walls inside this buzzing café are the highlight; the large colourful bookshelf reminiscent of London and Paris street scene with some of the best-selling books as well as new releases. And there is also a small space, which is used for local artists to perform.

Ribbon Cutting of Book & Borders Cafe Manhattan Araneta Center Cubao
Book & Borders executives: Ms. Mary Simisim, Ms. Nancy Go, Ervic Vijandre,  Book & Borders ambassador Benjamin Alves, Ms. Korina Sanchez along with other VIP guests during the grand opening.

This third branch of Book & Borders Cafe leads a double life: café by day, tapas bar by night… dealing in books on the side. Literally – one side of this café are filled with books, some rare, some can only be found at this café.  During their opening night, they had guests like Karylle who rendered a few songs, Shiela Valderrama, a veteran stage and musical actress and Bossa Nova singer, Sitti. I wonder if they could also feature open mic poetry nights which could draw in the hip young crowd who sit in the outdoor establishments to soak up the world’s literary greats—and some caffeine fix perhaps. 

It's Showtime host and singer Karylle Tatlonghari-Yuzon sings for the guests of Book & Borders Cafe opening

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

11th International Silent Film Festival 2017 at The Shangri-La Plaza Mall

'Tis the season to be merry if you're a film enthusiast. Save the date, guys and mark these red-letter days as Shangri-La Plaza Mall in cooperation with participating embassy partners present one of the much-awaited film festivals--The Silent Film Festival 2017! Now on its 11th year, they have awesome movie line up as always. Check these out: 

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Alden Richards surprises Bacoor City's unsung and unrewarded heroes on their day-off sponsored by Snow Caps

The unsung heroes: street sweepers, traffic enforcers  and baranggay kagawads take their much-deserved day-off at BlueWater Day Spa courtesy of Vida Nutriscience Inc.

We see them often doing the things they do best. But most of the time, we tend to ignore those people with blue collared jobs, especially the ones who toil under direct sunlight--farmers, street vendors, traffic enforcers and street sweepers. So it's refreshing to see them enjoy an afternoon of pampering as lucky street sweepers, traffic enforcers and barangay kagawads [counselors] from Bacoor City in Cavite as they took sometime off from work. With a relaxing foot reflexology massage at BlueWater Day Spa's In-house 30-seater theater, they were all treated to ease their tired muscles from working too hard. 

Through the initiatives of Vida Nutriscience Inc., makers of MySlim and Snow Caps, and Snow Crystal White Tomato--selected street sweepers and traffic enforcers had a blast the entire afternoon as they all take a break from working for some awesome good time at the said spa. Little did they know that the people behind Vida Nutriscience Inc. had another surprise for them. They had a very special guest in the person of Snow Caps brand ambassador and 'Pambansang Bae' himself, Alden Richards. 

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Special Occasions Made More Memorable by Hizon's Catering

The dream of a big wedding is a common one, complete with fine cars, gorgeous flowers, a lavish reception and hundreds of guests to come and enjoy your special day. Unfortunately, those big, ritzy weddings cost money. While it would be lovely to have a glamorous wedding to rival the local celebrities, there doesn’t seem to be much point beginning your married life in the poorhouse. After all, one of the major causes listed for divorce or annulment is arguing over money.
So why not start your marriage out on the right foot and plan on ways to save for your dream wedding. You’ll still be getting married in great style, but you can do it just as easily on a  budget and you won’t be starting out your married life with huge debts hanging over your head. Better yet, you can start scouting for a reliable catering services backed with years of experience and has a good reputation, a word of mouth from satisfied consumers--both corporate and private individuals. 

Hizon’s Catering

Established in 1987, Hizon's Catering is a full service catering company specializing in corporate events, weddings, and private parties. They can handle as many as 15,000 guests but can also handle intimate gatherings for 50 persons. They match their passion for food with their experience in expert event planning. Their executive chef has created menus that are built upon every cuisine that features the freshest food, ingredients and farm fresh produce. 

Hizon's Catering does ordinary occasions extraordinarily well and memorable at that! They have the top event planners on staff to guide you in selecting premiere locations and exceptional themes. Hizon's Catering has a reputation for professional service staff that embody the Filipino hospitality spirit which creates friendly and comfortable environment for the guests. The Hizon's Catering Team is dedicated to understanding every clientele's vision and producing a memorable occasion where you can trust them on every little details. 

Mr. Joseph Hizon of Hizon's Catering

Mr. Joseph Hizon of Hizon's Catering says,“We are not the cheapest but you get a lot for what you pay for, that’s what we’re known for, what we give you is of good value." 

Monday, August 7, 2017

Watson's Generics Introduces Collagen & Hyaluronic Products

Watson's Generics Collagen Drink

Watson’s Generics introduces the easiest way to get your much-needed collagen supplementation. You have three options to choose from: Hyaluron & Collagen Powder, Collagen Jelly, and Collagen Bottled drink. These collagen products from Watson’s Generics contain a patent formulation of active ingredients that aims to boost your body’s natural production of collagen and hyaluronic aid. The collagen drinks are proven effective to improve the way your skin looks and feels in as little as 30 days. 

Developed by leading Japanese scientists, Watson’s Generics Hyaluron & Collagen Powder, Collagen Jell, and Collagen Drink have been designed to provide a perfect ratio of active ingredients in order to create one of the most advanced, effective and bio-available skincare products and food supplements on the market today.

At the heart of our skins youthful beauty lie a number of vital functions; Hydration, nutrition, protection and regeneration.
They are key to normal skin function.
Age, stress and environmental factors can impair those vital functions and cause our skin to show visible signs of ageing.
To maintain normal skin function and hold onto your youthful appearance we must look beyond traditional skin care.

Traditional beauty products only function on the surface of the skin, but Watson’s Generics Collagen products works from the inside.

Watson's Generics Hyaluron & Collagen Powder

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Snow Crystal White Tomato launches Marian Rivera as its endorser

Marian Rivera for Snow Crystal White Tomato

Snow Crystal White Tomato recently revealed their celebrity endorser, GMA Network's Primetime Queen, Marian Rivera-Dantes. She's the perfect personality to represent the brand because Snow Crystal White Tomato wanted someone who exudes confidence and beauty. Despite being a mom, Marian still makes sure she looks pretty much the same even before she had her only daughter, Zia. Thus, she's been hailed as another "hot momma" in local showbiz. 

During the recent press conference where she was officially introduced as Snow Cyrstal White Tomato's brand ambassador, Marian has recalled her humble beginnings in local showbiz industry. She had always wanted to become a teacher but somewhere along the way, she was lead to enter the colorful world of show business. Marian started out by joining beauty pageants in her hometown in Cavite. It was then that she was discovered to star in a TV commercial. From then on, she went on to do bit roles in television series until she auditioned for "Marimar," a role which had sealed her future. Since then, the rest is history. 

Snow Cyrstal White Tomato's latest brand endorser.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Unilab's Forti-D Capsule: The Answer to Vitamin D Deficiency among Filipinos

Have you ever wondered what will happen if you shut the sun out? I’ve once experienced taking care of someone in a hospital for days without almost seeing the sun and it made me felt so weak. It turned out, I had Vitamin D deficiency back then. An expert doctor once revealed that there’s an increasing number among Filipinos [particularly working professionals] who are becoming Vitamin-D deficient because of their lifestyle habits. 

Cases of Vitamin D deficiency in the country have risen in the past couple of years because of the way most of us lead our lives. Vitamin D is produced naturally through adequate sun exposure and since most office workers do not expose themselves into the sunlight than they need to be, they face a much pronounced risk of suffering from the said condition. Apart from staying indoors for long hours, corporate attire such as long-sleeved clothing and slacks or pants are most often required as uniforms. Others use too much sunscreen and eat barely enough of Vitamin D-rich foods as well as other environmental factors affect our Vitamin D condition.

One research says that 7 out of 10 Filipinos suffer from Vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D deficient in infants can causerickets, delayed motor development, muscle weakness, aches and pains as well asfractures. Vitamin D is also equally important for breastfeeding mothers. If the vitamin D concentration is low in a mother’s breast milk, it can lead to rickets on infants.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

BlueWater Day Spa offers new Manual Lymphatic Drainage [MLD] Massage and Indian Neck and Shoulder Massage

We have often been in search for the kind of massage that will perfectly suit our needs based on our lifestyle. As a content writer and blogger, I am often sitting on my chair as I type my thoughts on my laptop, hence, I am prone to lower backache for lack of support, neck pains and leg cramps. Sometimes I’d also have edema on my feet and some tingling sensations on my wrist and hands especially when I don’t get to move as much. So when I heard about BlueWater Day Spa’s latest massage called Manual Lymphatic Drainage [MLD] massage, I wasn’t just curious, I’m really interested!

I recently went to a blogger event where BlueWater Day Spa introduced two new therapeutic massages that targets different benefits. Let’s first talk about the MLD. They say MLD is both detoxifying and slimming as it helps flushes out toxins from the body and in the process recharges the immune system while it also works to reduce water retention from the body and promotes blood circulation.  MLD won’t take much of your time as each session only lasts for an hour.

As the name implies, MLD opens up the major superficial and deep lymph nodes. MLD stimulates the lymph nodes to flow toward the nodes, it acts like vacuum and sucks up the excess fluids. With the trained therapist, the stretch receptors on your skin are activated to increase flow to the lymph nodes. The excess fluid then goes out of the body via urine. 

 The MLD massage was proven beneficial for preventive maintenance because it helps re-circulate body fluids as well as stimulates functioning and balancing of the immune system. This type of massage is ideal and highly recommended to people who suffer from edema, vertigo, insomnia, those who are pregnant and will soon undergo surgery, as well as those with acne, eczema and allergies.

MLD massage is used by doctors, surgeons, osteopathic physicians, doctors of chiropractic, physical therapists, dentists and massage therapists. For P650 per session, it is ideally done once a week for prevention against illness and diseases. MLD massage is even lighter when it comes to finger pressure, even lighter than Swedish massage because it only concentrates on lymph nodes such as auxiliary and inguinal regions. The MLD massage is very gentle and relaxing.

Relax those tired bodies away with BlueWater Day Spa's therapist's gentle hands.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Learning Authentic French and Mediterranean Cooking for the Filipino Kitchen with Chef Xavier Btesh

Chef Xavier Btesh

Filipinos are more adventurous now more than ever when it comes to food. We all have our favourite international cuisine. As for me, I am partial to French cuisine. I would often imagine myself dining in one of those fancy coffee shops in Paris. Unfortunately, travelling to the City of Lights seems to be a far-fetched dream for someone like me. Hence, the next best thing would either be to dine in hard-to-pronounce French fine dining restaurants or buy a cookbook by Chef Xavier Btesh called “French Kusina: French and Mediterranean Cooking Made Easy for the Filipino Kitchen. If you ask me, I’d certainly go for the latter because it’s the more practical choice.

My mother recently attended the Maya Kitchen Culinary Elite Series on m behalf with none other than Chef Xavier Btesh. Born and raised in Paris, chef Xavier had his career training under the tutelage of renowned chefs before he was able to establish himself as consultant chef  and be able to come up with his own cookbook called Les Petits Diners de Xavier which sold more than 40,000 copies across Europe.

French Kusina by Chef Xavier Btesh

Monday, July 24, 2017

ManilaMed launches new State-of-the-Art Cancer Care Unit

ManilaMed lives up to their tagline: One care makes the difference!

When one member of the family has acquired the Big C, everyone in the family is affected. The mere mention of the word Cancer is enough to scare people. With the crucial times we now have where cancer cells become active more than ever, it’s even scarier to think how much we need to allot as saved money for our hospital confinement if we do not have health insurance. The good news is hope is still within reach. ManilaMed, one of the country’s leading hospitals, recently opened a newly constructed Cancer Care Center. They offer holistic cancer facility with state-of-the-art equipment as well as fresh approach in treating cancer patients. 

Purple Plum Fairy was invited during the press briefing at ManilaMed last month where the expert doctors discussed the future of cancer in the country. They also gave us a glimpse of the procedures for newly diagnosed admitted patients, the benefits of multi-disciplinary team approach for each cancer patient, the advancement and innovative technology for radiotherapy, the side-effects and complications that may arise using their Intensity Modulated Radiotherapy Treatment. 

Cancer Care Unit at the ManilaMed
The beds at the Cancer Care Unit

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Crave Healthy Snack: The First Fortified Snack for Pregnant Women

Unilab, the leading manufacturer of prescription and consumer health products in the Philippines, is now addressing nutrition deficit in pregnant mothers while at the same time meeting their craving needs with the new Crave Healthy.
Crave Healthy is a corn chip. The company claims it is the ‘first snack product in the Philippines that’s specially developed by doctors and nutritionists for pregnant women.’ It contains iron, calcium and folic acid and is low in sodium.
Crave Healthy are yummy corn chips enriched with essential nutrients like Folic Acid, Calcium, and Iron to support your daily needs, good for both mommy and baby.

First snack product in the Philippines that’s specially developed by doctors and nutritionists for pregnant women.
  •      Reduced sodium
  •     No trans fat
  •    Has just the right amount of calories to give you the extra energy that a pregnant woman  needs daily.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Athena Milk for Women's Optimum Health

Athena is a milk specifically formulated with women in mind. Athena will help you  to meet your special nutritional needs. Women, especially moms are always on the go, tries to juggle between work and personal time to be able to enjoy life to the fullest. That is why you need to stay fit and active, even as we age. And because we’re women we have unique needs that only women can truly understand.
High Calcium essential for optimum bone health. It is also a source of Vitamins D and K, Magnesium and Phosphorus – nutrients to help maintain strong bones.

Low in Fat so you can enjoy this beverage without the risk of high caloric intake.
Source of Anti-oxidants such as Vitamins A & E and Zinc to help maintain healthy skin and promote optimum immune function.

Athena, a delicious beverage made just for you. Drink Athena today!

Athena comes in two flavors – Milk (180 grams – Php 130.00; 400 grams – Php 273.00) and Choco (180 grams – Php 130.00).

 It’s available online at and in-store at Mercury Drugstore, Watsons, and Southstar.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Robinson's Flash Sale at Ayala South Park from July 14 to 16, 2017

Can you think of a shopping experience that you had in the past six months or so that was especially great, in that the experience created delight and surprise for you in any way? I just did today when I visited the Robinson's Flash Sale at the newly opened Ayala South Park mall in Muntinlupa City. 

From someone who's practically from the North, it seems pretty impractical for me to travel all the way from my area in Project 4 [near Cubao] to this Southern part of the metro, right? Never mind if I had to pay my Uber pool driver worth P801 pesos for my Friday morning one-way fare. I also didn't mind the usual hellish Metro Manila traffic. As they say in the vernacular, "Pikit-mata akong nagbayad kay 'Kuya Driver'' because I  had really wanted to check out the Robinson's 3-Day Flash Sale at Ayala South Park mall. It was 'salary day' for most young professionals which makes it all the more difficult to commute from my place to Ayala South Park. But like I had been saying, I really didn't mind at all. Everyone wanted to get their savings on, right? I was lucky enough to have gone early to where shopaholics and bargain hunters should be but sans the huge crowd in some malls that offers sale and discounts.

The sale at the activity center

I have good news too for shoppers who have BPI cards like their AMORE cards, BPI credit cards as well as those who happen to have Robinson's Rewards Cards because they've got perks and freebies for a minimum purchase during the entire flash sale at participating Robinson's owned establishments like Daiso, Toys 'R Us, Robinson's Supermarket, Robinson's Department Store, South Star Drug and Handyman. The flash sale is exclusively for the card holders I've mentioned above. But if you don't have the Robinson's Rewards cards, fret not! You can purchase them for only Php100 on those three-days [from July 14 to 16]. Regular price is at Php150 for the membership card. That means, you get to save Php50 for joining if you avail of the card on those dates. 

Robinson's Rewards Card

Wednesday, July 12, 2017


Press Release:

Sun life of Canada (Philippines), Inc., the number one life insurance company in the Philippines, and Mommy Mundo, Inc., a community of Moms dedicated to making motherhood easier, happier ang more fulfilling through various avenues and activities, recently inked a partnership that would provide Mommy Mundo members easier access to affordable insurance.

With the said partnership, Mommy Mundo members under the age of 65 can avail of Sun Life’s PA TXT Card, an easy-access to Sun Life’s personal accident insurance that provides Php50,000 worth of insurance protection against loss from accident bodily injury for only Php50.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Nail It Vertis North: Best Nail Salon in the Metro

Nail It Vertis North ribbon cutting

While you can certainly do your own nails at home, visiting a nail salon is still something most people love to do. Sipping tea and reading on the tablet, all while having your nails trimmed, filed, and polished? It’s a luxury. It’s no wonder why there are so many manicure salons in the metro. But with this many choices, which will make the best fit for you? Purple Plum Fairy recently visited Nail It Vertis North for you so you don’t have to do much legwork.

Some of the VIP guests during the Nail It Vertis North blessing with the owner Ms. Jean Uvero

Nail It Vertis North is a winner in its own right. Not only is the nail salon socially-conscious, it is fully committed to giving back to the local community. For the most part, all products used for nail services here are non-toxic, eco-friendly, fair-trade and/or cruelty-free. Also, it is worth a mention that their manicurists at this lifestyle concept salon are local underprivileged women whom they’ve offered vocational training and employment opportunities for!
Nail It Vertis North's Ms. Jean Uvero and Ms. Lot

A priest blesses Nail It Vertis North during its opening

Nestled amongst a slew of establishments on the third level of the new Ayala Mall called Vertis North [strategically located just across another Ayala Mall, Trinoma in Quezon City], Nail It Vertis North have in-house manicurists who are known to create nail art according to your whim and fancy so bring along photos of your inspiration if you want them to recreate any designs that you are dying to put on your nails.

Nail It Vertis North isn't too girly when it comes to their interiors. Your significant other can finally join you in your grooming session without feeling a wee bit awkward, hurray! In fact, it is time that you pamper him with quality massages to help him ease up. (They also have the cosiest-looking space, in our opinion!)

The friendly staff at Nail It Vertis North welcomes each guests

The average price for a nail art gel here is on the pricier side but for the level of professionalism and superb nail jobs, we think it is worth every penny. General sentiments seem positive. Patrons feel that they offer amazing service and creative nail art, coupled with an ultra friendly and experienced manicurist. What more can we ask for? 
Some of the polish available at Nail It Vertis North
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