Wednesday, June 19, 2019

EIGASAI 2019 returns to its original home at Shangri-La Plaza



EGAISAI 2019


The highly anticipated Japanese Film Festival, also known as EGAISAI goes back to its original home—Shangri-La Plaza’s Red Carpet for its 22nd edition which will be held from July 3 to 14, 2019. Coincidentally, EGAISAI will also be brought to various places such as Manila, Bacolod, Pangasinan, Naga, Cebu, Tacloban and Davao.


 Film enthusiasts will surely delight with the roster of featured films lined up for this year’s EGASAI. The Japan Foundation Manila will be having 14 full-feature films from diverse genres as EGASAI continues its tradition of screening films to viewers of the Japanese Film Festival. 

Samurai Marathon


This year’s EGAISAI opens with a historical drama, Samurai Marathon directed by Bernard Rose. Based on Dobashi Aikihiro’s novel Bakumatsu Marathon Samurai, the film is about Ansaei Tooashi, known as Japan’s first marathon. The story revolves around how Annaka feudal lord Itakaru Kastuakira organized a run across mountain roads to get his samurai warriors in shape. But one misstep turned a simple race into a rebellion in the eyes of Bakufu central government that ordered a stop to what it thought was an uprising. 

Rolando Samson of Japan Foundation Manila
Johnny Riod, Operations Divisions Manager, Shangri-la Plaza

Dr. Kanami Namiki, Program Coordinator Arts & Culture Japan Foundation

David Fabros, Executive Director of Philippine Film Export Services Office

Tomoko Nakamura, Asst. Director Japan Foundation

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Casa Corazon Museum, Events and Resort in Lemery, Batangas Review

The serene Balayan bay on a typical morning
When you board a bus going to Batangas, you have all reason to be elated. The land of Balisong is sure to get you hopping from one destination to the next. From coral reefs to verdant rainforests and mountain ranges to heritage and ancestral houses; bustling cities to pristine sandy beaches — wherever you go, the stay’s got to be memorable. And to save you the trouble of excessive research, we’ve recently visited Casa Corazon in the town of Lemery. Here’s what you need to expect when visiting this unique resort in that boundary of Calaca and Lemery towns.

Purple Plum fairy at Casa Corazon signage
Picture yourself lazing in a hammock in the balcony or looking down on the vast Balayan bay as you relax or think of your next adventure. Casa Corazon is perched right next to Balayan bay. The spectacular scenic beauty that the resort/hotel affords as one of its main attraction.

Purple Plum Fairy with Chef Erick Sabalza, ready for a Batangas getaway


A profusion of bird and wildlife are on the doorstep of this unique resort that brings a touch of style to the discovery of a remote and beautiful wilderness. The lodge is home to an aviary, wild pigs and peacock.  It also houses an amazing collection of motorcycles, vintage cars, race cars, unicycles and bicycles. 

Erick Sabalza and moi onboard a bus enroute to Batangas

Monday, June 10, 2019

Latisha Professional Formula Niacinamide Vitamin B3 5% Serum Product Review


I was a bit hesitant at first when I learned that I will be reviewing a new skincare product for my face. I have a confession to make: Although I am skincare junkie, I’m a bit lazy putting on sunscreen lotion. So at my age, I knew that the early signs of aging are probably screaming on my face—crow’s feet, laugh lines—name it, I probably have them all. And upon learning that Latisha Professional Formula Niacinamide Vitamin B with 5% Serum(the product in which I’d be reviewing) has anti-aging properties, I decided to give it a go. 


Lightens skin, helps remove dark spots, reduces fine lines.

Niacinamide suppresses melanin from reaching the surface of the skin and protects the skin from further UV damage too much melanin can result in age spots, freckles and hyperpigmentation. 5% niacinamide when applied to skin for 12 weeks results in the reduction of fine lines, wrinkles and age spots. It also improves elasticity and gives an overall lighter skin complexion.

I would often have a pimple when I use new products but not with Latisha Serum


Use after toner, apply the serum with fingertips on face and neck. Once it is quickly absorbed, follow with a moisturizer. Wear sunscreen, it is equally important. My dermatologist said it is considered a “mortal sin” for anyone to go out without wearing or putting on a sunblock or sunscreen. In fact, some people, even within indoors, they still put on sunscreen. This is especially true since we’re no longer as young as we once were. As a certified Titas of Manila, we need to give our skin some TLC before they wrinkled and sagged. 

How Niacinamide Helps Skin

I'm no skin expert. But based solely on experience, niacinamide is an ingredient worthy of your attention and your skin will love you for using it. Among a handful of other amazing skincare ingredients such as retinol and vitamin C, Latisha Niacinamide Serum is a standout because of its versatility for almost any skin care concern and skin type.


Latisha Niacinamide Serum

The conclusions about niacinamide are based on what the published research has shown to be true—and the research about niacinamide unanimously demonstrates how special it is. In fact, second to retinol and vitamin C, it’s one of the most exciting skincare ingredients around!

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Richard Gomez Talks About His Advocacy on AED at the Philippine Heart Association's 50th Convention




Photo taken from Shutterstock

The Philippine Heart Association (PHA), during its recently concluded 50th Annual Scientific Meeting and Convention once again called on the government to increase awareness and training on cardiopulmonary resuscitation [hands only CPR] as well as the automated external defibrillator [AED] as a way to save the lives of persons with heart disease.


Mayor Gomez with the panel of doctors from the Philippine Heart Association during the Advocacy Hour held at the PHA 50th Convention.
 One challenge with saving victims of cardiac arrest is that there is often a lag before bystanders take action.

Photo from Shutterstock

Last Saturday, June 8, 2019, veteran actor Eddie Garcia was at taping when he suffered from a severe heart attack. He is still under critical observation and all his doctors are doing their best to assure he gets the best care possible. At 90 years old, he is still doing what he loves most, acting. He is a pillar of the entertainment industry and is very passionate about his craft. If there was someone who knew CPR and there was an AED machine, then maybe Garcia won't end up being in coma by this time. 

Veteran actor Eddie Garcia suffered from Heart Attack while working on the set


Prior to Garcia’s heart attack, during the PHA advocacy hour, it was mentioned by former actor and recently re-elected Ormoc City Mayor and AED advocate Richard Gomez how the entertainment industry also needed AEDs especially during long-night tapings and shootings. 


Friday, June 7, 2019

Marigold Shower Spa: Your Best Home Service Spa in Deparo Caloocan


Imagine laying on a bed, letting your stress and anxieties melt away as your muscles are therapeutically manipulated with comfortably hot stones. A regular deep tissue massage is incredibly relaxing, but the addition of hot stones makes hot stone massage therapy an increasingly popular pick at Marigold Shower Spa (for both walk-in clients and home service) in that area of BF Homes in Deparo Caloocan. 



Hot stone massage is a form of massage therapy which follows the same principles of a regular Swedish massage but with the addition of heated stones, which are believed to better open the body’s energy pathways. Hot stone massage is a form of “thermotherapy” in which hot stones are positioned on specific areas of the client’s body and allow for greater deep tissue manipulation. Massaging oils are used to allow the therapist to work with the muscles easier and the hot stones may be alternated with cold stones or room temperature stones to facilitate the massage treatment.





The Hot Basal Stones used at massages

Shangri-La Plaza Presents: Filipino Flavors & Fabrics


Shangri-La Plaza Mall, the ultimate shopping and dining destination showcases the finest Filipino craftsmanship and culture at The Shang Main Wing happening from June 4 to 9, 2019. 

Some of the fashionable stuff you can see at the Shang Fashion and Food Fair


The posh mall puts the spotlight this time on the Filipino talent and creativity as part of its month-long celebration of "LIKHA"--showcasing uniquely Pinoy artistry. Fashion takes on a different turn with Shang's latest runway offering, the Heritage Fashion Show where they had showcased awesome pieces culled and curated from women micro-entrepreneurs, indigenous people, and popular designers. 

Ate Lisa of Tiaong Quezon with the products she sells from her hometown.

An initiative by the GREAT Women, the elegant anthology promotes local textile traditions and incorporating them in stylish pieces that were proudly Pinoy in texture, style and colors. The said fashion show featured works from fashion designer Rhett Eala, GREAT Women 's own GW Collection, accessories brand Adante Leyesa, bag makers Fino Leatherware, LARA, Shoe artisan Ai-She and clothing label Tygie. 

Necklace pieces from Adante Collections

Native Bags for sale


Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Las Piñas Celebrates 6th Food Festival

Re-elected Senator Cynthia Villar welcomes everyone to the Las Pinas 6th Food Festival

Newly re-elected Senator Cynthia Villar recently led the celebration of the 6th Las Pinas Food Festival as thousands troop to the Villar SIPAG hall in Pulang Lupa Uno to join the festivities.


Villar, is the managing Director of the Villar Social Institute for Poverty Alleviation and Governance (Villar SIPAG), welcomed visitors and participants to the yearly event which “showcase the city’s culinary heritage and Laspineros’ world-class cooking skills.”

Number one Senator Cynthia Villar gives inspiring words to a thousand of audience

“We are very glad that this food Festival has become a yearly event for the City and nearby areas not only to promote our local delicacy, but also to promote our advocacy for safe and nutritious food,” Villar said

Senator Villar was also joined by her daughter, Las Pinas Congresswoman-elect Camille Villar during the celebration.

As part of the food festival, a cooking competition was held participated in by the city’s 20 barangays. Each team presented one viand/ulam and one dessert expressing this year's theme which was “Cook Healthy, Eat Happy.”

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Recycled Tarpaulins Used During Elections as Source of Livelihood for Dasmarinas Cavite Residents



bags made from used tarpaulins
The campaign tarpaulins used by reelected Senator Cynthia Villar have been become a source of livelihood by the residents of Dasmariñas, Cavite. The tarps were recycled into eco bags to provide livelihood to the women of Dasmariñas. During the 90-day campaign period, the Comelec encouraged candidates to use recyclable and environment-friendly materials in campaign paraphernalia.
Sen. Cynthia Villar's old tarpaulins turned into useful bags


Villar asked a group of women in Cavite to make marketing and utility bags for the tarpaulin recycling project.

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