Thursday, July 29, 2010

Ford Unveils New Focus Line Up for 2010

Ford's Steven Tan and Randy Krieger
July 28,2010 Metro Manila. Ford launches the new Focus line up with new features.

New Styling

New Wheel Design

New Sporty Bumpers

 New Technology
Auto On/Off Head Lamps
Auto Dimming Mirrors

Rain sensing Wipers

Focus Trend

1.8L Trend M/T
 Dual Front Airbags
New 16in. Alloy Wheels

1.8L Trend A/T
Focus Sport TDCi

2L TDCi  Sport and Ghia
Auto Head lamps  
New 16in. Alloy Wheels

Focus Sport

2L Petrol Sport and Ghia
Auto Head lamps
Auto Dimming Mirrors
PhP 975,000-999,000

Wednesday, July 28, 2010



Using Lessons from Work to Succeed in Life

By Louis Upkins, Jr.

So many professionals work non-stop to secure the next rung on the corporate ladder. Why then do they struggle to enjoy their success even at the peak of their career? According to entrepreneur Louis Upkins, by using a simple customer-service principle, you can learn how to be just as successful at home as you are at work. Fulfill your calling as a parent and spouse by treating those closest to you as well as you would treat your customers. Powerful stories and clear, practical teaching help leaders at every level reorder their priorities and bring their lives back into balance. In this book “Treat Me Like a Customer” you will learn:

·        How to balance the demands of work and home
·        What your loved ones really want
·        How to regain trust and build integrity
·        Why a good fight isn’t the end of the world
·        How to protect your family from competition

By applying these and other tactics explained by Upkins, you will reconnect with your family and experience the same success at home that you enjoy at work.

Treat Me Like A Customer is originally published in the U.S.A. by Zondervan and reprinted in the Philippines by Acts 29 Publishing. It’s now available in all branches of National Bookstore, Powerbooks and wherever books are sold nationwide for only P195.00/copy.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Movie Review: Salt

Synopsis:As a CIA officer, Evelyn Salt swore an oath to duty, honor and country. Her loyalty will be tested when a defector accuses her of being a Russian spy. Salt goes on the run, using all her skills and years of experience as a covert operative to elude capture. Salt's efforts to prove her innocence only serve to cast doubt on her motives, as the hunt to uncover the truth behind her identity continues and the question remains: "Who is Salt?"-written by Sony Pictures

Review:When the story first came up, the main character was supposed to be male. But most spy films already had enough male heroes and making another one is kinda similar to the Bourne stories. So thus born Evelyn Salt instead of Edwin Salt. Who else would be perfect for the role except Angelina Jolie. For the title role, Jolie not only differed from her Lara Croft image to a more realistic, more human character. Unlike her Tombraider image, Evelyn Salt has limitations. She also has weaknesses.

The story was based on the Cold War stories and rumors that there were selected Soviet agents who were groomed to be Americans when activated, they will unleashed terror in American soil which was  dubbed as Day X. Although the Cold War is over, the tension still exist for those who lived that era. The sleeper controversies were never been proven publicly. There were also speculations that Lee Harvey Oswald was a sleeper because he defected to Soviet Russia and got back. His motives were never revealed as it died with Oswald when he was to be captured. The sleeper fact proved to be a good story for this new generation and see real-life espionage scenarios in the movie. Salt opens in cinemas on July 28.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Cafe 5845 Is Now In SM Mall of Asia

Kraft Eden and Magsaysay Institute for Hospitality and Culinary Arts(MIHCA) launched another Cafe 5845, the World's first Cheese Cafe, last July 24, 2010 at SM Mall of Asia. The goal to serve 5,845 cheese dishes is the main goal of Kraft Eden and MIHCA to break the world record. The launch was hosted by Dimples Romana. Cafe 5845 in SM Mall of Asia is located at North wing Seaside Boulevard.

The Pink Movement:Dance vs. Cervical Cancer

July 24, 2010. Republiq, Resorts World. GlaxoSmithKline and Healthway partnered with Laban Ni Maria and Brainbox, Inc. for the biggest all-girl dance competition for the cervical cancer advocacy. Girls from 21 schools and 16 dance studios participated to support the advocacy. Hosted by Iya Villania, JC Cuadrado, and DJ Suzy of Magic 89.9.

Iya Villania, JC Cuadrado, and DJ Suzy of Magic 89.9 
Choreographer Georcelle Dapat-Sy teaches the moves

Cervical Cancer Fact Sheet 
Cervical Cancer by the Numbers

  • 2   Cervical Cancer is the second biggest cause of female mortality globally
  • 510, 000  World Health Organization’s (WHO) estimate of new cervical cancer cases annually worldwide
  • 288, 000  yearly deaths around the world because of cervical cancer, according to WHO
  • 80  percent of cervical cancer cases found in developing countries in the world
  • 245, 000 estimated number of new cervical cancer cases found in Asia every year 
      • 7, 277  estimated new cervical cancer cases every year in the Philippines according to survey done in Rizal, Cebu, and Davao by Department of Health (DOH)
      • 12 estimated number of deaths (daily) in the Philippines due to cervical cancer
      • 35 the age to start getting a Pap smear for women who have not engaged in vaginal intercourse
      • 200 number of Human Papilloma Viruses (HPV) acknowledged to exist
      • 15 number of HPV types said to be high-risk (cancer-causing)
      • 16 & 18 HPV types which cause 70% of cervical cancer cases
      • 45 3rd most common cancer-causing HPV types which is prevalent among Filipinas

Friday, July 23, 2010

Ibayo:The hang out in Bay City nightlife

From the clan that brought you Barrio Fiesta restaurant chain. brothers Tyrone and Tristan Ongpauco is giving a bistro style experience with Ibayo.

Ibayo literally means the next town. Ibayo provides the food what is Barrio Fiesta known for in a night life setting. Ibayo provides the atmosphere  to make the customers more relaxed to unwind while enjoying "pigging out" with the food you loved through the years.

In addition of the food, Ibayo offers their signature drinks and dishes for coctails.

Ibayo Resto-Bar is located at Bldg. G Unit 7-8 San Miguel by the Bay Seaside Brgy. 076 SM Bay City Central Business District Park 1-A, Pasay City and is open from 3PM - 12MN on weekdays and 3PM - 2AM on weekends. It is also open for lunch on holidays. For reservation, contact Monica Asuncion at 09065002782

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Krispy Kreme Now Opens in Valerio

Krispy Kreme opened a new store in one of Makati's working class district in Valerio street last July 19, 2010.

Krispy Kreme lovers lining up

More Krispy Kreme

Krispy Kreme customers
Ordering station 

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Virlianie Turns 18

July 17, 2010.Manila. Virlanie Foundation held its 18th year at Sofitel Philippine Plaza. For the pat 18 years, Virlanie has worked on giving smiles back to children and celebrating its those 18 wonderful years of commitment and thanking its generous supporters while appealing  on behalf  of the street children. The proceeds of the event will go to funding operations of the L'Envol, Virlanie's home for the young adults(ages 18-21). The event was hosted by RJ Ledesma. The event was co-presented by Sofitel and supported by Data One Asia, M Lhuillier, XPO Logistics, Forsc Ink, B&C Creatives, Geiser Maclang Marketing Communications Inc. , Phil. Daily Inquirer and Phil. Tatler.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

ASUS 2010 World Gamemasters Tournament

ASUS held a gaming tournament using their ASUS Notebook for playing StreetFighter 4 and Call of Duty 4. For individual games like Street Fighter 4, they are using the N61Jv Notebook while for team play gaming like Call of Duty 4, they are using P7P55DLE motherboard with 8 finalist and 4 teams. 

The media also take part in the media category of the tournament of which I also took part. I used to play Capcom's Streetfighter before but it was the first time I played it in a PC console and I find it smooth despite the advancement of the game features.  The N61Jv is the world's first Notebook with Optimus technology and is powered by an IntelCore i5 processor.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Sunsilk Co-Creations: The World's Hair Experts On Every Bottle

You've seen the commercials on TV. Now, you can try for yourself the Sunsilk Co-Creations by the World's authority on hair expertise. Sunsilk Co-Creations was made with consultation with the hair experts now available in every bottle.

Last July 16, 2010 at WhiteSpace, Makati, a press conference held by Sunsilk to showcase these products and Sarah Geronimo, Sunsilk endorser, and two of the hair experts, Yuko Yamashita and Teddy Charles. Hosted by Sarah Meier.

Watch out for the Sunsilk Expert Salons on this dates and venues: July 23- 25 at Market! Market!, Taguig; July 30-Aug. 1 at Ayala Center Cebu; and Aug. 13 - 15 at NCCC Mall, Davao.

Sunsilk Co-Creations are available now in seven selections to suit your needs at SRP of P89.00(200mL)

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Global City Innovative College: Changing with the Times

Times are always changing. What is relevant a decade ago might not be true today, and what is considered important right now might not be in ten years down the line. Globalization has taken over the world, and borders between countries have blurred. The continuing challenge of keeping up with the trends and demands of the modern economy is a task for educational institutions, those that provide training for the future workforce of the world.

Global Competencies

Eight years ago the Global City Innovative College (GCIC) was founded by a group of dynamic individuals. Starting with 500 students in their first year and concentrating mostly on their Nursing program, now GCIC is a full-pledged college that offers a total of 8 programs to date, including Business (major in Marketing, Finance, and HR), Education (major in Early Childhood, Secondary Education, English or SPED), Caregiving, Nursing, Information Technology, Tourism, Hospitality Management, and Culinary Arts.

The Nursing program curriculum is specifically designed to prepare students for the local Board of Nursing Examinations, and foreign exams like the NCLEX, CGFNS, TOEFL and TSE for global competency. The Commission of Higher Education has currently ranked GCIC as the 9th Top Nursing Schools in the National Capital Region. The Professional Business Studies allows students to do their business internship in the US, Australia, China, and Singapore as part of their Global Business Entrepreneurial Immersion Program. Local internships may also be be done in partnership with top corporations and multinational companies in the country.

This 2010, GCIC will be introducing two new programs in their curriculum, Tourism and Information Technology.

The Hospitality Industry

The innovative Culinary Arts program was first offered in 2009, and it features a diploma to degree system. After taking the 8-month diploma course, the students have the option to proceed to the HRM program to eventually earn a bachelor's degree. The International Hospitality Management program of GCIC includes the Hospitality Management and Tourism courses. In 2008, the Commission on Higher Education granted GCIC the authority to the Bachelor degree course.

The Diploma for Culinary Arts program combines several methods of teaching including hands-on, classroom sessions, field trips, career development seminars and chef mentoring among others. The subjects include classical cooking, international cuisine, Asian cuisine, baking and pastry, and the more practical side  like restaurant and catering business, safety and sanitation, cost control, nutrition, and event management.

Students also benefit from mentoring with renowned chefs such as Rolando Laudico and Sau del Rosario. The students also intern at the chef's restaurants Bistro Filipino and Chelsea, respectively; other restaurants include M Cafe and Guava, and hotels like Discovery Suites and Shangri-La Makati.

The College of International Hospitality Management's newest program, the Bachelor in Tourism provides a comprehensive course that exposes students to various areas in the tourism industry such as travel, hotel, transportation, leisure, resort and destination management.

The current worldwide high demand for skilled workers in the hospitality industry has prompted a lot of schools nationwide to enhance their curriculums. GCIC's programs are competitive, all to provide students with a global outlook and strong industry exposure. “Life skills add a different yet relevant flavor to the seemingly common program offering,” says JB BolaƱos, head of Marketing of GCIC.  “Most culinary schools highlight their facilities, faculty profile, curriculum and methods of teaching, partnerships, and career pathways as their program strengths. At GCIC, we have these but, moreover, we believe that the purpose of education is not just simply to learn to earn a living, but to live.”

Together with strong business and liberal arts foundation, students are provided with comprehensive language instruction. The ever increasing world tourism statistics is an indication of how big the market is. Equipped with sound education and solid training foundations, GCIC students are more than ready to take on the world after leaving school.

Strong Foundation for the Changing Times

All programs have carefully selected faculty based on the value of their industry exposure, leadership, communication efficacy supported by their academic achievements and psychological preparation to teach.

The facilities available at GCIC are state-of-the-art, such as the Mini-Hospital, where nursing students are able to practice their skills in a simulated hospital environment. GCIC also has fully-equipped laboratories such as the Chemistry Lab, Computer Center, and Instrumentation Lab.

GCIC has the flexibility of adapting to the changing needs of the times balanced with the good solid foundation of the old. Engr. Michael Tan, president of GCIC, said "We want our students to be successful not only in their professional life.  We don’t just teach our students Competency but build positive Character as well.” Global City Innovative College is what schools of the future are made of. Anticipating the needs of the society, GCIC is preparing students not only for the immediate demands, but for the long-term needs as well.

The location of GCIC at the heart of Fort Bonifacio in Taguig City is very ideal - close to commercial establishments such as Market! Market! and Bonifacio High Street, and the entire Fort Bonifacio business district as well. Together with top restaurants, medical institutions such as St. Luke's Hospital, and the upcoming Shangri-La Hotel, the location of GCIC plays an integral role in the whole educational experience.  Students enjoy a safe, secure, clean and uncongested environment with GCIC.

About GCIC:

Global City Innovative College (GCIC) is a private college situated at the heart of Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City. It began in 2002 when a group of entrepreneurs joined together to establish the first collegiate education center in what was then the Fort Bonifacio Special Economic Zone. It is non-denominational, co-educational, and primarily serves the students near its geographical community.

For more information, please visit GCIC at the 3/F Bonifacio Technology Center 31st Street corner Second Avenue Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City. You may also log in at or call (02) 757.5588 to 91 or 818.0945 to 46

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Cross-Cultural Dining Experience at Namaste India

Namaste! A Hindu gesture representing the belief that there is a divine spark within each of us. "Nama" means bow, "as" means I, "te" means you.

I am always fascinated with the Indian Culture. Besides that they have the oldest existing religion and a local Indian community here in the Philippines. My first roommate in campus was from India. I got a chance to to dine at Namaste India to try out if I had what it takes to endure their spicy dishes since I also like spicy foods. Namaste provides the authentic Indian dishes in a Western style dining. Trivia:Chicken Curry is originally an Indian dish.

For starters,  try to begin tasting their appetizers. I suggest the Chicken Tikka. Tikka is an Indian term for barbecue. The Chicken Tikka is boneless and is sauteed with herbs, mild spices and tomatoes, butter and cream. The Boneless Chicken Tikka is only Php225.00
For the vegetarian, I suggest the Golden Cauliflower. Deep fried with herbs and spices for only PhP160.00.

For us Filipinos, these appetizers can be taken already as a meal but wait till you see the main course. You have the choice to eat with Pullow. The Kashimiri Pullow is an Indian rice cooked with green peas, herbs, with driy nuts. 

Another choice is the Naan which is an Indian bread similar pita bread of the Mediterranean and is made fresh everyday. I suggest you have both the Naan and the Pullow. Try the Buttered Naan for added flavor for only PhP70.00.

For the main course to go with your Naan and Pullow, one selection I tried was the Machchi. It is fish in spices for only PhP225. The Machchi is good with your Naan.

If you need to neutralize the spices of the dishes, I suggest you order the Lassi, an Indian yogurt drink that comes with strawberry, mango and other flavors for only PhP80.00.

For desserts, I tried the Gulab Jamun, cheeseballs dipped in syrup. Trust me that it's really yummy and it's only PhP80.00. The Kulfi is a home-made Indian ice cream with nuts and pistachio(PhP125.00). I never taste anything like it in an ice cream. The Chai or milk tea is also a treat that smells good as it taste creamy for only PhP80.00.

You don't have to go to India to experience a traditional Indian culture. You can dine at Namaste for you to experience it. Namaste India is located at Unit 1A Kensington Place 1st ave, cor. 29th st., Burgos Circle Cresent Part West, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig and is open from 9AM-11PM. You can contact them at 4036088 or their mobile number at 0917.8649729.