Tuesday, April 30, 2024

5 ways to establish mental wellness in the workplace


Press Release:

Ninety thousand hours. One-third of your life. That, according to industrial-organization psychologist and data scientist Andrew Naber, is the amount of time the average person will spend at work over a lifetime. With so much of our waking hours devoted to our job, isn’t it only fair to expect our workplace to be a safe, comfortable, and toxic-free environment, one that supports employees’ mental health and wellbeing?

Yes, says Jon Edward B. Jurilla, MD, chief of the Section of Psychiatry of the top hospital in the Philippines Makati Medical Center (MakatiMed). “Companies that prioritize the mental health of their workers can expect inspired productivity, sound decision making, and harmonious interactions among colleagues. When employees feel at ease in the workplace, they perform better, are motivated to get up in the morning, and are less likely to be depressed or suffer from burnout. It’s a win-win situation for all.”

In the Philippines, employers in the private sector are mandated to implement mental health workplace policies and programs through the comprehensive and ever-evolving guidelines by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). What else can companies do to champion mental health and wellness at work? Little things make a huge difference, and MakatiMed suggests implementing these five small but significant changes:

Make counseling accessible. 

“Oftentimes, people want to express what’s troubling them but are wary about confiding in a colleague or don’t have the funds to see a specialist,” shares Dr. Jurilla. “Get a life coach or organizational psychologist on board so staffers know there’s a professional who can help them deal with their mental health concerns objectively and free from judgment.”

Promote flexible work schedules.

If possible, let them continue a work-from-home setup with an option to work at the office. “Such arrangements have been known to lower stress and make employees more productive,” suggests Dr. Jurilla. “You take away the tiring commute, giving them the freedom to work wherever best suits them. This allows for work-life balance. Injecting ‘me’ time in between banging out reports or meeting a client on Zoom can refresh the mind and spirit.”

Create quiet spaces. 

“Convert an extra room in the office into a meditation or quiet corner. Hire a yoga or tai-chi instructor to hold one-hour classes for the staff (a video session works too!). The silence and slow, gentle movements will surely calm frayed nerves and clear an anxious mind,” Dr. Jurilla points out.

Stay away after office hours.

If you get the urge to text, call, or email an employee after she or he has gone home for the day, the weekend, or on leave—stop yourself, stresses Dr. Jurilla. “These people already gave most of their hours and efforts to their jobs. Respect their personal time and let them enjoy their time away from work.”

Be open.

How do you know if your employees are truly happy with their jobs? Ask them “Perhaps someone is saddled with too much work, or another feels underutilized,” says Dr. Jurilla. “By consulting your team, addressing their concerns, and involving them in the decision-making process, you’ll make them feel relevant. Heard. Like they matter. And that’s the first step to promoting mental wellness at work.”

For more information, please contact MakatiMed On-Call at +632.88888 999, email
mmc@makatimed.net.ph, or visit www.makatimed.net.ph. Follow @IamMakatiMed on Facebook and Twitter.

Monday, April 29, 2024

Solaire offers spectacular Mother's Day feasts.


Afternoon tea at Oasis Garden Café

Celebrate Mother's Day with an amazing experience at Solaire Resort Entertainment City. Choose from genuine Japanese food, endless dim sum, and indulgent Italian brunch options. Celebrate Mother's Day by preparing her favorite foods, finding unique gifts, and spending quality time with family.

Experience an exquisite brunch affair at Solaire’s signature restaurants, including Finestra, where you can choose from a diverse selection of alluring Italian dishes. Dive into a Mother’s  Day- inspired brunch featuring warm Mozzarella soup, a refreshing garden salad with slow cooked egg yolk, homemade tagliolini, mixed herbs risotto, poached Atlantic cod, succulent US striploin, and decadent desserts such as zesty lemon tarte and vanilla choux with sweet strawberries. Don’t miss out on the signature seafood tower or opt for a tantalizing main dish like Jasper-cooked USDA rib-eye or lobster thermidor, ensuring a delightful experience for the whole family. Finestra makes it extra special for your mom by gifting her flowers guaranteed to bring a radiant smile to her face.

Yakumi serves a sumptuous Japanese breakfast with authentic ingredients. Japan over eight live buffet stations with your loved ones. Make your own hotpot dish. as sukiyaki or shabu-shabu, or experience fresh seafood such as Boston lobster at the teppanyaki live station. Try a delicate dish of sake-steamed tai sakemushi fish brought directly to your table.
Finish off the meal with a delicious dessert bento box. Raise a toast to your mother's special day. Unlimited beverages, featuring a dazzling Midori cocktail or options from the Japanese shochu and Sake trolley. All moms receive gorgeous flowers to commemorate their special day as a special treat.

Treat your mom and surprise her with Red Lantern’s Eat-All-You-Can dim sum buffet. Explore a wide range of dim sum and à la carte delicacies, featuring 20 new exclusive dishes that elevate the dining experience. Indulge in unique twists of dishes like a "dong po" style braised pork belly, crystal skin lobster dumplings, deep-fried cheese, and prawn spring rolls, alongside a selection of delectable vegetarian options. Revel in braised premier ribs, northeastern-style homemade noodles with minced pork, or a deep-fried green crab which you can order from the à la carte menu. All mothers receive a special welcome drink ensuring they feel truly cherished.

Savor fun moments with your mom with a sensational BBQ brunch at Waterside accompanied by live music and a photobooth corner where you can make lasting memories. Dive into grilled favorites with tempting choices like chicken, pork tenderloin, and the flavorful jalapeño and fennel sausages. Marvel at the carving station featuring the famous Cebu lechon pork belly, beef brisket, whole roast lamb, and various grilled seafood specialties. Delight in Waterside's signature seafood paella and freshly shucked Gallagher oysters served directly from a roving trolley. Elevate the fun with a custom milkshake bar, where you and your mom can craft your own milkshake masterpieces adorned with delightful toppings, including pastel cotton candy, fluffy marshmallows, colorful candies, fresh fruits, and mouthwatering doughnuts. Waterside also honors all moms by gifting them with lovely roses.

Experience a lavish banquet at Fresh, where you can explore diverse buffet stations featuring the finest seafood and meats, along with a variety of cuisines including Filipino, Japanese, Korean, Italian, and Chinese. Celebrate Mother's Day filled with entertainment like a magic show, a walking photo booth, games for kids, and a caricaturist to illustrate your favorite portrait with your mom.

Delight in Filipino delicacies such as rellenong bangus or stuffed milkfish, chicken embutido, and kinilaw na tanigue or fish ceviche. Indulge further at the carving station with crispy pork bagnet or pork belly and lechon manok or roast chicken. You can also enjoy an afternoon tea celebration at Oasis Garden Café, featuring a luxurious selection of sweet and savory bites, including Solaire's signature scones with strawberry and cream. Special cocktails, mocktails, and a glass of sparkling rosé await all mothers upon arrival.

Make this Mother’s Day memorable at Solaire by treating your mom to a day filled with special moments with the family. Secure your seats now by calling 8888-8888 or email restaurantevents@solaireresort.com.

Sunday, April 28, 2024

Win an iPhone 15 Pro Max by simply getting a personal loan from Digido


Here’s how to win an iPhone 15 Pro Max by simply getting a personal loan from Digido
Existing clients of the platform who took a reloan during the promo period are eligible for the

Multi-awarded consumer finance company Digido is giving away a coveted iPhone 15 Pro Max to one of its customers this summer. Repeat clients of the Digido platform applying from April 23 until June 20, 2024 are eligible for the promotion. Clients will earn one raffle entry per one successful reloan transaction.

The giveaway winner will be announced on Digido’s official Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/digidoph/) using the client’s Lifetime ID. Digido offers a First Loan For Free service, where first-time borrowers can avail up to PHP 4,000 with 0% interest and a standard Personal Loan up to PHP 25,000 for repeat clients. It can be accessed through its official site digido.ph, its apps in Google Play and the iOS App Store, and Lazada Loans.

Over one million Filipinos have used Digido’s safe, reliable and inclusive digital lending services. Commenting on the promotion, Digido business development manager Rose Arreco said: “This new giveaway is especially for our valued clients who have been clamoring for more rewards as they continue to use our trusted, safe and inclusive lending platform. We commit to not only innovate the way we deliver our services, but to also find more ways to delight our customers.”

The winner will be announced on July 9, 2024 through Digido’s official Facebook page. The
winner shall be notified via registered email and a call through their registered mobile number.
Research from Statista revealed that the number of smartphone users in the Philippines in 2023 were at 50.94 million and is projected to reach 96.12 million by 2029.

Wednesday, April 24, 2024

REP goes on a love rollercoaster with I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change


Directed by Menchu Lauchengo-Yulo, REP's I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change takes a modern
twist on the classic exploration of love and romance. With book and lyrics by Joe DiPietro,
and music by Jimmy Roberts, this comedy musical has a cast of 40 playing characters.

How many left swipes before finding The One? Is a year-long talking stage acceptable? How to get over being catfished? With love and romance as complicated as they’ve ever been, Repertory Philippines (REP) gives us a wild ride through the phases of modern relationships as it showcases the musical comedy I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change from June 14 to July 6 at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium in RCBC Plaza.

With book and lyrics by award-winning Joe DiPietro, music by renowned composer Jimmy Brooks, and directed by the First Lady of Philippine Musical Theater Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo, REP’s latest production presents a series of hilarious yet achingly familiar vignettes on connection and intimacy, commitment and loneliness. Premiering at the Westside Theatre in 1996, this 2024 staging is set in a bustling metropolis where swiping left or right is the norm—touching on things like chasing that invisible string in this era of situationships and ghosting and reigniting that spark despite all the distractions.

REP’s take on the second longest-running off-Broadway musical features a fantastic and accomplished cast of four playing 40 characters. And all are making their theater comeback with this production. Gian Magdangal, known for his versatile skills as a singer and actor, takes the stage after his standout performance in the 2022 REP production of Carousel, which earned him his second PHILSTAGE Gawad Buhay award as Male Lead Performance in a Musical & L.E.A.F. Awards Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Musical. A long-time REPper, Gabby Padilla joins the quartet after garnering recent acclaim for her film roles in Billie and Emma where she got a FAMAS nod and Gitling which made her win Best Actress award at the 2nd Paragon Film Lokal Choice Awards and 4th Pinoy Rebyu Awards.

Gian Magdangal, Gabby Padilla, Marvin Ong, and Krystal Kane explore the highs and lows of love-
from awkward first dates to challenges of maintaining a long-term relationship--in REP's I Love You You're Perfect, Now Change

Krystal Kane is returning to the spotlight after a four-year hiatus. Bitten by the theater bug since she’s 10, Kane is known for her roles in The Sound of Music as Brigitta, In the Heights as Nina, Spring Awakening as Wendla and Tabing Ilog: The Musical as Jerry. Another theater comeback, PHILSTAGE Gawad Buhay Awardee singer-actor-songwriter Marvin Ong, brings his remarkable talents to the stage, having previously earned accolades for his role as Toby in REP’s Sweeney Todd and achieving gold record status for his debut album. The production will be supported by swings, Barbara Jance, whom we last saw at REP’s 2023 - 2024 run of Snow White and the Prince and Davy Narciso, known for the productions under his belt with Ateneo’s Blue Repertory, he may have stepped back from theater since graduating in 2022 but now he tries to juggle it together with pushing a career in Psychology.

An exceptional team of creatives is also bringing this production to life. Assistant Director Cara Barredo, Musical Director Ejay Yatco, Set and Costume Designer Joey Mendoza, Associate Costume Designer Hershee Tantiado, Associate Set Designer Lawyn Cruz, Projector Graphics and Video Designer GA Fallarme, Lighting Designer Meliton Roxas, Choreographer Stephen Viñas, and Sounds Designer Aji Manalo are all on board to join the quest for modern love.

“With I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, we want to give audiences something they can relate to whether they’re a young romantic hit by dating app fatigue or an older couple going through the trials of marriage,” Lauchengco-Yulo explains. “Because regardless of the age or stage in love, we want this show to emphasize that despite all the problems and miscommunications, love endures—with lots of laughs and some wit on the side.”

 For show-buying, sponsorships and ticket inquiries, contact REP at 0962-691-8540 and 0966-905-4013 or send us an email at marketing@repphil.org or promotions@repphil.org or through this link: https://linktr.ee/repertoryphilippines Tickets will be available via Ticketworld and Ticket2 Me.

For updates and show schedules, visit www.repertoryphilippines.ph, or like and follow @repertoryphilippines on Facebook and Instagram.

Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Skip the Wait, Live Now: Bakit RFO Unit ang iyong Perfect Match!

Bella Vita RFO Units


Pinag-iisipan mo na bang bumili ng sariling bahay? Awesome! Maraming options ang nariyan para sa’yo, pero ang pagpili kung pre-selling unit or RFO unit ba ay tagalang kailangang iconsider ng mabuti. Sure, ang pre-selling ay talaga namang mas mura sa simula. Pero sa sa pagbili ng RFO unit, maaari mong ma-enjoy ang mga perks na magpapatunay na ito ang winning choice at perfect match para sa’yo.

Imagine this: sa halip na maghintay ng mga buwan o kahit taon para matapos ang construction ng bahay, agad mo nang makukuha ang susi at makakalipat agad. Wala nang pagmumuni-muni tungkol sa tanawin sa bakuran o sa pagdaydream kasamaang mga anak sa mga play equipment – agad mo nang magagawa ang mga iyon. Higit pa diyan ay may pagkakataon kang tingnan mismo ang unit, suriin ang kalidad ng lahat, at makita kung ang layout ay swak sa iyong lifestyle.

At speaking of lifestyle, yung amenities gaya ng play equipment, multipurpose halls, at yung security - lahat ng mga pasilidad na nakakapagpasaya ng pamumuhay sa isang komunidad? Oo, handa na silang gamitin kapag handa ka na rin. Walang kailangang hintayin na malinis muna ang naiwang alikabok ng konstruksyon bago ka makapagpahinga ng maayos sa iyong bagong sala.

Kung iniisip mong ipa-renta ang bagong tahanan mo, agad mo nang maeenjoy ang tamis na kita sa matatanggap na upa sa iyong unit. Wala ka nang hihintayin pa dito – puwede kang makahanap ng mga tenant kaagad at gawing negosyo ang iyong property. 

So, kung ikaw ay naghahanap ng bagong malilipatan agad, whether ito ay para sa pagrelocate dahil sa trabaho, o nais mong magsimula ng iyong pamilya, o di kaya ay gusto nang itigil ang pangungupahan sa apartment, RFO Units ang iyong magiging best friend! 

Sa BellaVita, may RFO units na available na Sakto Sa’yo! Matatagpuan ang BellaVita RFO Units sa iba’t ibang lugar sa Pilipinas gaya ng sa Lian, Lipa, San Pablo, Pila, Rosario, at iba pa. Para sa mga dagdag na impormasyon, bisitahin lamang ang BellaVita Facebook Page

Keep Your Children Entertained During the Summer Holidays with these fun Activities


With summer rapidly approaching, many people are looking forward to the warmer weather and the longer daylight hours. The colder days and darker nights are beginning to recede, and people are more likely to consider getting outdoors to enjoy the fresh air. However, this summer, many families will not be enjoying a foreign vacation due to the challenging economic circumstances that are currently reducing consumer spending power. High levels of inflation, increased energy costs, and a cost of living crisis are making vacations out of the reach of many families. Many people are choosing to enjoy a staycation instead, which helps them save significant sums of money. However, it is vitally important that your children stay entertained during the summer break. Ideally, you will want them not to spend hours on end using tech devices and computers. In this article, some enjoyable activities for families with children will be explored. The suggestions are ideal for the summer season and none of them revolve around tech and computers.

Traditional family fun with cornhole

There is a certain old-world appeal to games such as cornhole. Like all good family games, they are simple to learn yet surprisingly difficult to master. The aim is simple: throw your bean bags and aim to get them to go down the hole at the end of the wooden cornhole board. Three points are scored when the bag goes down the hole and one point is gained if it lands on the board. You can find here a website that sells a wide range of cornhole boards and even gives consumers the ability to customize their boards for a truly personal touch. Consider playing a family cornhole tournament and offering a small prize for the overall winner. In short, cornhole is a traditional game that can provide fun and excitement for both children and adults during the summer break.

Camping in the garden

When the warmer weather finally arrives, it can be ideal to allow your children to camp in the back garden. Children love building dens and hideouts and allowing them to camp outside, ideally inviting other friends over for a sleepover can be a fun way to spend an evening. There is a wide range of teepees and play tents that are specifically designed for children. They are quick to construct and encouraging children to build their own tent or den can help them to develop their problem-solving and teamwork skills. Choose tents or teepees that are easy to construct and completely resistant to rain. This fun activity is sure to keep your children entertained during the summer months and is a great way to get them away from their computer screens.

Visit your local swimming pool

Briefly, if the coming summer is as hot as it was in the last few years, both children and adults will want to cool off on the hotter days. One of the best ways to do this is to take a trip to your local swimming pool. Some of the bigger venues will have a range of water slides and may even have wave machines or jacuzzis. Spending a few hours at such a venue is the perfect treat for children during summertime and is an activity that they will truly relish.

Monday, April 22, 2024

Hi, Hope: A Unique Gallery that Revitalizes the Lost Feeling of HOPE through the Five Human Senses


MentalHealthPH, a non-stock and not-for-profit mental health organization dedicated to fostering a culture of mental well-being in the Philippines, announces its latest initiative: "Hi, Hope!" This groundbreaking event seeks to cultivate hope as a potent antidote to despair, offering a lifeline to those grappling with mental health challenges.

In partnership with Caring Cup by The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Ad Hoc Marketing, and Pool Party Creatives, MentalHealthPH invites you to join "Hi, Hope!" an on-ground, immersive event designed to reignite the flame of hope through a sensorial journey. The event will take place at Kitchen by The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Net Lima (Six/NEO), at the Bonifacio Global City on April 27, Saturday. The program will commence from 10 am to 12 pm, followed by an open gallery until 7 pm.

At "Hi, Hope!" guests will embark on a sensory exploration, engaging with five unique stations tailored to each human sense:

Sense of Sight—Gallery of Hope: Delve into a visually captivating gallery featuring symbols of hope from suicide survivors. Each exhibit is accompanied by a poignant backstory, offering insight into how these symbols became beacons of hope. QR codes allow guests to connect directly with the creators for a deeper understanding.

Sense of Hearing - Stories of Hope: Experience the power of linguistic artistry as survivors share their stories of hope through poetry and narrative performance

Sense of Touch - Free Hugs: Find solace and reassurance in the warmth of a hug at our designated free hug station, offering comfort to those in need during the event.

Sense of Taste - Affirmation Cookies: Indulge in words of encouragement and hope with affirmation cookies featuring messages from survivors and uplifting quotes, replacing fortune-telling with affirmations for the soul.

Sense of Smell - Aromatherapy Area: Immerse yourself in a soothing oasis of scents at our aromatherapy area, where guests can relax and reflect amidst the calming aroma of scented candles and incense.

In the battle against suicide, hope emerges as a powerful ally capable of guiding individuals toward a future filled with possibility and purpose. We can create a world where everyone feels seen, heard, and valued by fostering hope, nurturing resilience, and extending support.

Additionally, "Hi, Hope!" will be hosted by mental health advocates and attended by various mental health personalities.

Join us at "Hi, Hope!" as we embark on a transformative journey to revitalize the spirit of hope and resilience. Let us pave the way towards a brighter, more hopeful future.


Mental PH Website: https://mentalhealthph.org/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mentalhealthph/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mentalhealthph

Twitter: https://twitter.com/mentalhealthph

A bountiful array of lobsters at Fresh


Lobster with Tom Yum sauce by Chef Goh Fukuyama

Enjoy a magnificent meal at Fresh, with an acclaimed seafood buffet and a tour of world cuisine. Featuring live cooking stations that highlight Japanese, Mediterranean, Italian, Filipino, and Chinese cuisines. Immerse yourself in culinary expertise and revel in a bounty of live lobsters. Perfectly prepared to your preference, whether steamed, roasted, or poached. Fresh offers a unique gourmet dining experience.

Poached lobster salad by Chef Cristina Bowerman

Start the feast and delve into a seafood cascade of steamed lobster claw, citrus-poached lobsters, lemon sweet shrimp, ginger-steamed blue swimmer crab, and poached New Zealand black mussels. Chef Xu Fan, the maestro of Sichuan cuisine and the visionary behind the Michelin- starred Xujia Cuisine in Chengdu, creates a Szechuan Boston lobster adorned with a tantalizing Szechuan spicy umami dressing, guaranteed to heighten your senses, and leave you wanting for more. Satisfy your Chinese cravings at the Chinese station of Fresh, where you can indulge in flavorful curry laksa soup, classic dumplings like the pork and shrimp dumpling and Hargao, and Chinese roasted specialties such as Char siu pork and Peking duck.

Szechuan lobster by Chef Xu Fan

If you're hungry for fantastic pasta, come on over to the handmade pasta live station and taste a delicious Lobster claw, angel hair pasta, cheese ravioli alla puttanesca, or Tuscan-style gnocchi. For pizza enthusiasts, the Italian area provides freshly made pizzas with varieties such as four cheese, Honey truffle or spinach ricotta. Chef Cristina Bowerman, Chef Patron of Glass Hostaria, a 1. A Michelin-starred restaurant in Rome serves a poached lobster salad with Boston lobster. Mixed lettuce, celery, and green apples with seaweed mayo. Complement this delicious lobster. Complement this refreshing lobster delicacy with a succulent roasted prime rib accompanied with cabernet and dried cherry sauce, and Yorkshire pudding from the carving station. Enhance your dining experience with a glass of smooth white wine, such as Chardonnay or Prosecco.

Experience the culinary artistry of Chef Goh Fukuyama, the chef behind La Maison de la Nature Goh, a culinary haven in Fukuoka that secured a spot in "Asia's 50 Best Restaurants" 
boasts a Michelin Star. Chef Goh prepares a twist on the classic Boston lobster dish consisting of Homard Tom Yum sauce. Accompany this with steamed rice and indulge in a sweet sukiyaki dish to complement the bold spice of the sauce. You can also pair it with Japanese-inspired delights such as Japanese-style crab meat salad or Gomae salad or choose from other authentic offerings like seafood yakisoba, squid teppanyaki, or a comforting bowl of ramen noodle soup.

Beyond the seafood and meat offerings, prepare to be enchanted by a decadent dessert bar,
where a tantalizing array of heavenly treats awaits. Indulge in your favorite cakes like an ube macapuno cake or a pistachio & strawberry cake or try some Filipino delicacies such as sapin- sapin, suman, biko, or cassava. You can also get yourself some frozen delights like mango yoghurt and strawberry ice pops, perfect for cooling off in the summer heat.

+63.2.8888.8888 1 Asean Avenue, Entertainment City
solaireresort.com. Tambo, Parañaque City 1701, Philippines

Tuesday, April 16, 2024



An opera brings its audience to a world created through an interesting collaboration between a librettist and composer. Opera is brought to life by vocal pieces and arias performed by singers, with live instrumental accompaniment from an orchestra. 

This May 7, the CCP’s The Met: Live in HD presents its second installment for its ninth season - French composer Georges Bizet’s Carmen, a tragic opera about a gypsy woman named Carmen who seduces an army corporal guarding her prison cell. Their tumultuous love affair ends when Carmen turns her attention to a bullfighter. The corporal’s love turns to jealousy and violence. 

Through this program, the Cultural Center of the Philippines aims to reintroduce to Filipino audiences, especially to the younger generations, classical opera masterpieces whose stories transcend boundaries and cultural backgrounds, while remaining relevant to the time. 

Before you head to Greenbelt 3 Cinema 1 in Makati City for the special opera screening, here are some interesting facts you probably should know about Carmen: 

1. The plot of Carmen was based on the novella of the same title by Prosper Merimee, which was published in October 1845 in Revue des Deux Mondes. It was said that Merimee was inspired by a poem written by Russian poet Alexander Pushkin. French librettists Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halevy wrote the libretto for the opera, with music by Bizet. 

2. Bizet never saw Carmen rise to fame. He died from a heart condition at age 36, three months after the opera premiered in 1875. When it was first staged, the members of the ton rejected the opera. Bizet died believing Carmen, considered his last opera, was a failure. He had never known that the “scandalous” opera would go on to become one of the best-loved and most-performed operas of all time. 

3. Its hummable arias Habanera and Toreador have been featured in various commercials like the Doritos ad, dubbed Mouse Trap, in 2008. The Pepsi commercial in 2002 featured Beyonce singing to the tune of the Habanera aria, just with different lyrics. 

4. During the 1988 Winter Olympics, champion skaters Debi Thomas and Katerina Witt performed in the figure skating programs with Habanera. 

5. Carmen in pop culture: Disney’s Pixar used Habanera in an emotional scene in the film Up (2009). Sesame Street, the defunct children’s show, featured Habanera several times, including a scene with an orange singing the aria and as a lullaby for Elmo (both performed by opera singer Denyce Graves). In one of its episodes of The Simpsons, Bart, Homer, Lisa, and Marge are seen going to the opera house to watch Carmen, with Toreador playing in the background. The Swedish Chef and Beaker of The Muppets croon Carmen’s Habanera. 

6. Carmen has been adapted into films, ballet, and Broadway. In 1943, the musical “Carmen Jones” hit Broadway and later became a movie with the same title in 1954. Both featured music by Oscar Hammerstein. In the 1960s, director Wang Tian-lin adapted it into “The Wild Wild Rose,” starring Grace Chang, and set in Hong Kong and with songs sung in Mandarin.  

7. Beyonce made her acting debut through the recent adaptation of Carmen, titled “Carmen: A Hip Hopera.” Directed by Rober Townsend, the 2001 film is a contemporary retelling of the classic tale, following a police sergeant (Mekhi Phifer) whose life is turned upside down when an irresistible woman (Beyonce) enters his life. 

8. Although Carmen was written in French, Spanish culture strongly inspired the opera. This is quite evident in  Carmen’s Seguidilla, Don José’s Flower aria, and Escamillo’s famous Toreador’s Song. While you can see the Spanish influence, Bizet never actually set foot in Spain.

9. The first Carmen, French mezzo-soprano Célestine Galli-Marié, forced Bizet to rewrite Habanera - 13 times! - until she was satisfied. 

10. Carmen can be found in your kitchen or your favorite restaurant.  Famous French chef Auguste Escoffier, known as “the king of chefs and the chef of kings,” loved the opera so much that he created and dedicated two dishes - the Carmen chops and Carmen salad. 

Catch the CCP The Met: Live in HD - Carmen on May 7, 5:30 pm, at Greenbelt 3 Cinema 1, Makati City. This program is presented in partnership with the Metropolitan Opera of New York, the Filipinas Opera Society Foundation, Inc., and Ayala Malls Cinemas. 

Ticket prices are Php 100.00 for students and Php 350.00 for regular audiences. You may visit the ticket booth or book via www.sureseats.com

For updates on future productions and showings from the Metropolitan Opera of New York and other partners and programs of the CCP, you may follow the official CCP and CCP FBNMD social media accounts on Facebook, X, Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube.

Monday, April 15, 2024

Petron Announces ‘Win Milyun-Milyong Lazada Credits’ Raffle Promo


Industry leader PETRON Corporation ramps up the excitement with its loyal customers with the launch of the Win Milyun-Milyong Lazada Credits raffle promo on the Petron Rewards Facebook Page.

In addition to the endless opportunities and rewards exclusive to Petron Value Card (PVC) holders, 600 lucky winners will be drawn to receive Php 10,000 Lazada Credits to fuel their shopping sprees.

Here’s why you shouldn’t miss this promo:

 Millions of Lazada Credits Up for Grabs: Imagine all the things you can buy with Php

10,000 worth of Lazada Credits! From gadgets and clothes to car accessories and sports gear, the possibilities are endless.

 Easy to Join, Easy to Win: Every time you gas up, get a lube change, or buy something at a Petron station or outlet, you automatically earn raffle entries! The more you spend, the more chances you have of winning.

 Weekly Winners:  Winners of the Lazada Credits will be drawn every week, giving you multiple chances for you to be a winner!

Don't wait! Here's how to join the Petron Win Milyun-Milyong Lazada Credits Raffle Promo:

1. Make sure you have a Petron Value Card: If you don't have one yet, you may head to any Petron station to purchase one for a minimal fee.

2. Update your PVC Information: Ensure your name, mobile number, and mailing address are updated. Call the Petron Value Card hotline at (02) 8802-7777 for any concerns.

3. Fill Up, Shop Around, and Win! Every transaction at a Petron station earns you raffle entries. The more you spend, the more entries you get!

Tune in for more exciting promos and rewards! Like and follow the Petron Rewards Facebook Page (@PetronRewards) for exclusive content, deals, and updates on future Petron promos. This promo runs from April 8 to June 6, 2024. Don't miss this chance to win big! Visit your nearest Petron station today and start fueling your Lazada dreams!

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Thursday, April 4, 2024

Experiences that truly matter with Solaire’s Lifestyle Card


Solaire Resort offers the most rewarding experiences with its Lifestyle Card where you can enjoy the best offers and rebates just by dining, shopping, and booking a hotel room or your favorite award-winning theatre shows. With that comes 5-star service and world-class facilities, a breathtaking view of the radiant sunset of Manila Bay, a culinary indulgence like no other, and a row of luxury brand retail stores all in one address.

Experience the highest level of elegance and sophistication with exclusive accommodation at Solaire. The resort features two towers-- the Bay Tower, with exquisite view of the Manila Bay and captivating city view, and the Sky Tower, offers a unique and tranquil ambiance. Solaire Resort Entertainment City holds the Forbes Travel Guide 5-Star Rating for the eighth consecutive year, known for offering unique experiences of comfort, elegance, luxury, and continues to demonstrate excellence in service and world-class facilities. Book your room directly on the website to receive two signature welcome drinks, pool access, complimentary use of pool day beds, and Solaire Bonus Peso. You can enjoy and earn a 5% rebate when you use your Lifestyle Card.

Solaire Resort Studio

The resort boasts 19 restaurants and bars, inclusive of 3 signature restaurants featuring experienced world-class chefs, that curate a blend of delectable cuisine. Experience exciting offers at Yakumi’s Sunday Brunch, with a selection from eight buffet stations. Savor authentic Japanese dishes and fresh sashimi sourced straight from Toyosu Market. Indulge in Red Lantern’s Dim Sum Brunch Buffet, featuring over 46 delectable dim sum varieties and homemade Chinese barbeque. Experience the sophistication of Finestra’s Sunday Champagne Brunch, where you can enjoy unlimited flutes of champagne and a diverse selection of alluring Italian dishes. With your Lifestyle Card, you can get up to 20% off and earn up to 20% rebates when you dine at any of Solaire’s dining establishments.

Solaire Resort Finestra

Experience top-tier entertainment at The Theatre at Solaire with Broadway shows, ballet performances, and concerts showcasing both local and international artists. Don’t miss Cameron Mackintosh’s Miss Saigon, an adaptation of Giacomo Puccini’s classic opera, “Madame Butterfly”. This love story will transport you back to Vietnam in the 70s with music that instantly resonates and tugs the hearts of the audience. Book your tickets now and get up to 20% discount with your Lifestyle Card.

Shop for your loved ones as you discover a whole new level of sophistication at The Shoppes at Solaire, where a row of luxury brand retail stores gives you a different kind of shopping experience including Givenchy, Stefano Ricci, Amazing Cre, Dior, Bulgari, Tiffany & Co. and more. With your Lifestyle Card, you can earn 5% rebates on purchases at participating retail outlets.

Make the most out of your 5-star experience with Solaire’s Lifestyle Card, unlocking exclusive invitations to premier Solaire events, granting you access to unforgettable culinary experiences and gatherings. Secure your spot ahead of the crowd and gain priority access to pre-sale tickets for theatre and F&B events.

Sign up now to become a member by downloading the MySolaire App. You can also sign up when you visit our Solaire Rewards booths at Ayala Malls Trinoma from April 6-28 and get a chance to win Solaire Bonus Peso.

Why Professional Family Portraits Matter for Filipinos


In today's digital age, where snapping photos with smartphones has become the norm, there remains a timeless allure to capturing the essence of family love and connection in a professional studio setting. While smartphone snapshots are perfect for everyday moments, there's something special about preparing for a portrait shoot with your family. It's an opportunity to step into an environment where every detail is carefully crafted to immortalize the bonds you share. 

For Filipinos, family is at the core of their culture, and preserving memories through professionally captured portraits holds significant importance. Great Image, a renowned name in the photography industry, delves into why it's still crucial for Filipinos to have their family portraits professionally taken and the enduring benefits it brings. 

A way to honor family traditions 

Family reunions and celebrations are treasured customs in Filipino culture that have deep historical roots. From birthdays to reunions,these events provide opportunity for families to get together and deepen relationships. Professional family photographs taken during these gatherings honor these traditions by capturing the essence of familial love and unity for future generations. 

Celebrating milestones and achievements 

Filipinos love celebrations and they take pride in commemorating milestones and achievements, whether it's a graduation, a wedding, or a new addition to the family. Professional family portraits serve as visual commemorations of these significant moments, marking milestones in the family's journey. These portraits not only capture the joy and pride of the moment but also serve as reminders of the family's resilience and triumphs. 

Documenting family legacies 

It is important for Filipinos to pass down traditions from one generation to the next. These family portraits serve not only as a way to capture memories, but it also serves as a tangible record of family legacies and histories. Professional family portraits become treasured heirlooms, preserving memories of ancestors, and loved ones for future generations to cherish and reflect upon. 


A testament of embracing Filipino values 

Professional family portraits serve as visual representations of Filipino cultural values, including close-knit family ties, respect for elders, and love for one's heritage. These portraits capture the warmth and unity shared among family members, honoring the wisdom of elders and celebrating Filipino identity and heritage. Through these images, families feel a sense of pride, belonging, and unity, reinforcing the cultural values that define Filipino society. 


Capturing timeless memories 

While smartphone photos may capture fleeting moments, professional family portraits have a timeless quality that transcends trends and fads. Photographers skilled in their craft can capture the essence of each family member, freezing moments of joy, love, and connection in beautifully composed images. These portraits become cherished mementos, evoking emotions and memories that endure through the years. 


Professional family portraits serve as more than just images; they are reflections of cherished traditions, celebrations of milestones, and legacies of love and resilience. By investing in professional family portraits, we can preserve our family bonds and create lasting memories that will be treasured for generations to come,” Ms. Evelyn Palomo, Chief Executive Officer at Great Image.  


Fortunately, Great Image is here to assist Filipinos in immortalizing their family memories, capturing the essence of cherished traditions and values. Established in 1983, Great Image has been providing excellent, professional, and reliably fast and creative photography services for 40 years.  


Equipped with the latest photo equipment in the photography imaging industry, along with skilled photographers who are at the top of their field and proficient in the latest industry standards, Great Image ensures that every shot reflects the love, joy, and connection shared among family members. Whether it's multigenerational portraits or milestone celebrations, Great Image guarantees timeless images captured with love. 


But that's not all! Great Image presents some of the greatest deals in town. Avail the Collection of Love promo and receive five 5R frames for free with every purchase of five pieces of prints and soft copies. And don't miss out on the all-new Great Image Gratitude Card. Sign up for only PhP999 and unlock exclusive perks and freebies with every session. To even get the best out of your shoot, use this code GI3RPR to get a FREE 3R Print Copy in all Great Image branches nationwide. 

To explore more about Great Image and their photography services, visit their website at www.greatimage.com.ph or connect with them on their Facebook and Instagram pages. 


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