Friday, December 22, 2017

Big Ben’s Kitchen: Serving Authentic Heirloom Recipes and Comfort Food in Imus Cavite

Big Ben's Kitchen in Imus serves heirloom recipes at its finest

Only a handful of establishments maintain the stamp of food mecca in the city—you know, the kind where the food is so good that people are willing to brave Manila traffic, and sacrifice long waits for it. With the traffic continuing to worsen, this particular stamp becomes all the more prestigious. One of the simple pleasures of travel is discovering hole-in-the-wall restaurants or hunting down eateries frequented by locals. 

Purple Plum Fairy is happy to stumble upon Big Ben’s Kitchen through the invitation of my good friend, history enthusiast, tour guide and fellow foodie, Rence Chan

The signage says it all: You've come to the right place, indeed!

Big Ben's Kitchen genuinely chipped walls and hard wood furniture take you back in time while the aroma of its food, laid out temptingly on their platters, will get your stomach rumbling.

The graffiti writings on the wall

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

When we're Faced with the Sad Realities About Life

Note: I wrote this blog entry around two or three years ago after a friend confided in me that her marriage was on the brink of falling apart. 

I feel sad each time I hear stories about couples drifting apart. Coming from a broken family myself, my heart goes out to all the children within the family as they will surely be the ones to suffer. But as they say, what good would it do for both parties no longer love each other or they would just be hurting one another? A long time friend recently parted ways with her husband of 12 years. Nobody said it was easy. After all, she had made her ex-husband her whole life in the past twelve years. A long time ago, my friend had set aside her own dreams to play the role of a young wife. She became a loving homemaker and a 24/7 mom to her children. Her children make her happy.  Although it all seemed that everything had been wonderful, her life wasn't exactly a bed of roses. But she had tried her very best to make their marriage last, to keep her family intact--in fact, she had given her whole to it--leaving nothing for herself--for her children's sake. Still, it ain't just enough. 

Her children's father is no longer the man she fell in love with. He became insensitive even to the needs of his own children. Sure, he used to be a good provider, but never a good father to his children. He became a gaming addict--constantly online, he's so into it to the point of forgetting his own hygiene and would often engage in petulant quarrels with either his children or his wife resulting in domestic squabbles. She hated seeing him completely immersed into online gaming that he forgets his responsibilities to his own family. She no longer knew who this man had become. And just like that, one day, he decided to leave--with his wife not knowing what to do to survive. My friend is groping in the dark to look for clues on how to get her act together and be able to stand with her own feet to raise her kids on her own. 

The sad part is that their youngest daughter has leukemia--and needs monthly treatment, chemotherapy, and other medicines. He knew how much his daughter needs money. The daughter's only five years old and she's fighting for her dear life. Too bad, the father does not even seem to even care for his youngest child. 

When marriages fall apart and collapse, we need to spare our dear children. No matter how much the couples hate each other, they need to talk and iron out whatever kinks it is to be at least be civil with one another, just for the sake of the kids. After all, the two of you were happy making these kids, therefore they should be together in raising them as well. 

Fast forward to 2017...Unfortunately, my friend is suffering from cancer herself. She is on stage 4. The good news is that her philandering husband has been a changed man now and is seriously taking good care of his wife and their family. 

You see, the lesson here is clear. Sometimes we were given things in life which we had to go through in order for us to see life in a bigger picture. Things may not happen according to our plan, but when we allow God to lead us where we should go, things will eventually fall into their proper places. And it is the magic about life...because God has a plan for each of us. Before we were born, He knew what we will all become. We just have to simply follow His plans. 

I pray that whatever it is that you are going through at this time, you will be able to see the positive side of it. I know it must be difficult for most of us, (yes, that includes me. I reckon I might be suffering from high-functioning depression) But know that there is someone you can call---God loves you more than you know. I don't intend to be a ray of sunshine here, or act like some holier-than-thou, but everything shall pass. And so does your problems. Behind the clouds, the sun still shines my friend, bear that in mind. 

All my prayers,

Monday, December 18, 2017

Mommy Bloggers Shared The Love To Kids In Marawi Through Nutri10Plus Syrup Vitamin Blog Campaign

During the moving up ceremony where Kaye Koo of SinagTala Foundation helped in disseminating the Nutri10Plus and DayCee vitamin pouches to the kids

One of the outstanding qualities of mothers is their devotion to providing quality nutrition to their children. This is primarily done by preparing healthy foods and giving effective supplements to sustain and nourish their growing family needs. Nutri10Plus Syrup, a multivitamins packed with Chlorella Growth Factor (CGF), Taurine, Lysine, Zinc and Vitamins C, A, D3 B1 and more, had been assisting mothers all around the Philippines in developing children with strong bodies, active brains and healthy appetite.
In the effort to help our co-mommies and their children in the war-stricken village in Marawi, 100 Mommy bloggers from Mommy Bloggers Philippines community had collaborated to bring boxes of Nutri10Plus Syrup,  DayCee Vitamin C Syrup and several toys, to a hundred kids in Marawi through SinagTala, a non-profit organization headed by Ms. Kaye Koo. SinagTala had been sending help to villages in Marawi since the war erupted and it had sheltered hundreds of children inside the Playroom which served as the mini-school and play area of the children. 

Through the Nutri10Plus Syrup, DAYZINC vitamins and toys, we wish to help uplift the children’s spirits and restore their health as they start on picking up the pieces of their lives as families.

We all thank WERT for this campaign, Kaye Koo of SinagTala and all the staff who have helped in sending the vitamins to Marawi.
To learn more about the benefits of Nutri10Plus Syrup, check through their Facebook page
 We are grateful to the mommy bloggers who participated in campaign using their blogs to bring hundreds of pouches of Nutri10Plus Vitamins full of nutrition for the children in Marawi. Find out more about our lovely mommy bloggers and their experiences as they document their life journeys in their mommy blogs.

Meant To Beh: Vic Sotto's Metro Manila Film Festival 2017 Film Entry

The cast of MMFF 2017 Meant To Beh: JC Santos, Dawn Zulueta and Vic Sotto

Metro Manila Film Festival isn't exactly complete without a Vic Sotto-starrer. Growing up in the 80's, I'm used to seeing the ace comedian during Christmas day on the silver screen. From the fantasy "Okay ka Fairy Ko" series to the "Lastikman" superhero inspired films as well as other family-oriented films he's done, there is no doubt, Vic Sotto truly is considered an icon especially when it comes to Metro Manila Film Festival. He may not exactly come out as the greatest blockbuster film, but his films sure does well at the tills, just the same. 
Now, Bossing Vic has another movie offering for all-ages. 

Bossing Vuc Sotto explains what makes his movie a must-see this MMFF 2017

Bossing Vic says it is his pleasure to offer another quality film for this year's Metro Manila Film Festival. For this year, they have prepared a film called "Meant To Beh." He says he is also proud to have award-winning actress, Ms. Dawn Zulueta, as his leading lady this time. Zulueta, after all has long been semi-retired from showbiz. But she says she could not say no to Bossing Vic. This is another treat for Zulueta's fans to see her on the big screen once again after long years of hiatus. 

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Edmark International launches ED2E Cashless Mobile App

Edmark International launches ED2E mobile app

Edmark International has been a pioneer multi-level marketing and a well-loved brand in the industry in their 25 years of existence. They have provided opportunities for Filipinos as well as further improve the health conditions of Pinoys. With a vision to alleviate existing health conditions aside from providing business opportunities in the MLM industry, Edmark recently held an Expo as they launched the ED2E mobile app at the World Trade Center last December 11, 2017. 

One of the many advocacies of Edmark is to help alleviate obesity

Edmark helps in the fight against obesity
With all the Edmark executive present during the media briefing, the ED2E Mobile app is meant to be convenient for cashless transactions among members of the Edmark family. 

Edmark International executives during the press conference

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Great Coffee comes in Great Taste Muscovado Brown Coffee Mix

Great Taste Muscovado Brown Coffee Mix

I'm such an avid coffee drinker so each time there's a new variant from my favorite coffee brand, I really get excited to try them. I love to drink my cup of coffee first thing in the morning because it perks me up and allows me to stay awake and energized as I do all my tasks for the day. Great Taste Coffee gives coffee aficionados like me a reason to be happy about as they introduce a new coffee variant called Great Taste Muscovado. It's a richer and creamier coffee experience which I believe any coffee drinker would be able to enjoy. 

Rich and creamy coffee experience is achieved in Great Taste Muscovado Coffee

So what is it about the new Great Taste Muscovado Coffee that makes it more exciting? Lemme' count the reason why. (Just from my personal opinion)

Panasonic Corporation Donates 2,550 Solar Lanterns

Despite of the advancement in both Science and Technology, it comes as a surprise to learn that 1.2 billion people worldwide still do not have access to electricity. As part of its global initiative, Panasonic Corporation (PC) made a commitment to do its part to alleviate health and economic difficulties through their 100,000 solar lanterns project. 

Panasonic Corporation recently donated 2,550 solar lanterns to 10 humanitarian and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in the Philippines. The latest donation drive has brought this initiative to its 5th year with a total of 12,264 pieces of solar lanterns. 

Mr. Hayashi and Mr. Okuda of Panasonic 

A hand-over ceremony attended by more than 50 guests was held at Panasonic Manufacturing Philippines Corporation (PMPC) in Taytay, Rizal graced by DSWD-Disaster Response Assistance and Management Bureau Director Felino Castro V (10th from left); PMPC President Shinichi Hayashi (holding a solar lantern board); and PC-CSR & Citizenship Group, Program Management Section Leader Haruhisa Okuda (8th from right).  Other members of PMPC management include Executive Director Masaru Toyota (4th from left); Executive Director Yoshiyuki Takahashi (7th from left); Assistant Director Marlon Molano (2nd from right); Assistant Director Robert Pacheco (1st from left); and Air Conditioner Business Division Head Harry Sarmiento (2nd from left) with the officers and representatives of the 10 recipient-humanitarian and non-government organizations: Center for Excellence in Special Education (Stepping Stone) Foundation; Conrado and Ladislawa Alcantara Foundation; Davao Medical School Foundation - Institute of Primary Health Care; Interfaith Partnership for the Promotion of Responsible Parenthood; Jesus V. Del Rosario Foundation; Josefa Segovia Foundation; Konkokyo Peace Activity Center Information Office; Philippine Business for Social Progress; Pilipinas Shell Foundation; and Pambansang Kilusan ng mga Samahang Magsasaka (National Confederation of Small Farmers' and Fishers' Organization).

2017 marks the final year of the said Project. To date, over 92,000 lanterns have been donated through 131 humanitarian organizations in 30 countries since its debut in 2012. It also coincides the first half-century in business operation of Panasonic Manufacturing Philippines Corporation (PMPC) while next year will be the centennial or 100 year anniversary of Panasonic Corporation (Japan). 

The donation ceremony was held at Panasonic Manufacturing Philippines Corporation (PMPC)in Taytay, Rizal graced by DSWD-Disaster Response Assistance and Management Bureau Director Felino Castro V; PMPC President Shinichi Hayashi; and PC-CSR & Citizenship Group, Program Management Section Leader Haruhisa Okuda.  Other members of PMPC management include Executive Director Masaru Toyota; Executive Director Yoshiyuki Takahashi; Assistant Director Marlon Molano; Assistant Director Robert Pacheco; Refrigerator Business Division Head Angelo Tamayo; and Air Conditioner Business Division Head Harry Sarmiento.

"Today’s donation marks the 5th of such efforts in the Philippines under the “Panasonic 100 Thousand Solar Lanterns Project,” which is one of the clear manifestations of Panasonic commitment to serve society and help improve the lives of people along with the aspiration of having a world where “no one will be left behind” and in pursuing ‘A Better Life, A Better World’.  Since the time the Project was introduced in the Philippines, we continue to receive positive feedbacks and testimonies that serve as inspiration for us to strive for more, exerting our best effort to carry out our responsibilities as corporate citizens,” said Mr. Hayashi, PMPC President. 

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Cine Latino Free Film Screenings at the Shangri-La Plaza Mall

Just as we all thought that the Free Film Screenings Festivals were all done as the year is about to end, comes the very first Cine Latino Film Festival! Yes, it is the very first Latin American Film Festival which will be held from December 6 until 10, 2017 at the Shangri-La Plaza Cineplex in Mandaluyong City. 

Here are some of the films you guys shouldn't miss! Check these out:

Movie Title: El Hijo de la Novia (Son of the Bride)

Year: 2001
Duration: 124 min
Director: Juan José Campanella
Genre: Drama, Comedy
At age 42, Rafael Belvedere is having a crisis. He's overwhelmed by his responsibilities. He has achieved success, but continues to live in his father’s shadow. Just when Rafael feels most alone, a series of unexpected events lead him to reevaluate his life. A minor heart attack forces him to slow down and a reunion with Juan Carlos, a childhood friend, helps Rafael to reconstruct his past and look at the present in new ways.

Movie Title: Esperando la Carroza (Waiting for the Hearse)
Year: 1985
Duration: 87min.
Director: Alejandro Doria
Antonio Gasalla, China Zorrilla, Luis Brandoni, Julio De Grazia, Betiana Blum,Juan Manuel Tenuta, Mónica Villa, Cecilia Rossetto, Enrique Pinti, Andrea Tenuta,Darío Grandinetti, Lidia Catalano, Juan Acosta, Miguel Ángel Porro, Clotilde Borella
Genre: Dark Comedy
It tells a story about Mamá Cora, a woman in her eighties, her son's wife wants her out of the house as she is driving her mad. Mamá Cora tries to help unfortunately everything she does, she does it wrong. The family goes through lots of troubles trying to solve what to do with Mamá Cora. While all this happens, a confusion makes the family believe she dies.


Movie Title: Cidade de Deus (City of God )
Year: 2002
Duration: 129 min
Director: Fernando Meirelles
Alexandre Rodrigues, Leandro Firmino, Phellipe Haagensen, Douglas Silva,Seu Jorge, Jonathan Haagensen, Matheus Nachtergaele, Jefechander Suplino,Alice Braga, Emerson Gomes, Luis Otávio, Babu Santana, Gero Camilo
Genre:Drama, True story
Cidade de Deus (City of God) is a housing project built in the 1960's. During the early 80's became one of the most dangerous places in Rio de Janeiro. The tale tells the stories of many characters whose lives sometimes intersect. However, all is seen through the eyes of Busca-Pé, a poor black youth too frail and scared to become an outlaw but also to smart to be content with underpaid, menial jobs. He grows up in a very violent environment but Busca-Pé soon discovers that he can see reality differently than others. His redemption is that he's been given an artist's point of view as a keen-eyed photographer.

Movie Title: 2 Filhos de Francisco (2 Sons of Francisco)

Year: 2005
Duration: 115min
Breno Silveira
Angelo Antônio, Dira Paes, Márcio Kieling, Thiago Mendonça, Paloma Duarte
It tells the rags-to-riches story of two poor rural boys who grew up to become one of Brazil’s biggest sertanejo (the national "country" music) singers, Zeze di Camargo & Luciano.


Movie Title:  Subterra
Year: 2003
Duration: 108min
Director: Marcelo Ferrari
A story of a workers' uprising that took place in what was, at the time, the largest coal mine in the world. The quest to improve conditions both spiritual and material begins in the heart of one courageous man. But while the bosses plan the expansion of their vast empire, the workers experience an awakening, and begin to demand change.


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