Thursday, September 22, 2016

Don Papa Brings Michel Dame to Manila for the Art of Bartending

Don Papa Rum brings to Manila Michel Dame, founder and head bartender of Cocktail Boutique Netherlands, for a series of bartending shifts entitled “The Don With A Dash of Dutch,” at Hooch Bar on September 21 and at Finders Keepers on September 22.

Michel Dame is a seasoned bartender in Amsterdam’s cocktail scene with over 15 years of experience in the hospitality and Food and Beverage industry. He consults with some of the world’s known spirit brands such as Giffard, Mondo Mediterraneo, and Hete Pepper. He founded the Cocktail Boutique Netherlands, a bar consultancy company that offers cocktail workshops, cocktail catering services, and freelance bartending services in Amsterdam. He is also the brand manager for Andre Kerstens, a wine and spirits importer in 1880 and head bartender for Ron Gastrobar Oriental in Amsterdam where he built the bar’s cocktail portfolio and developed its bar operations for three years.

Michel is in the Philippines for the first time to visit Don Papa Rum’s origins as well as impart his knowledge of cocktail culture to the Philippines’ bartending scene. “I am curious with the the distillation process of Don Papa Rum. I want to experience how hospitality works in the Far East, comparisons and the differences from the West. It will be a total learning experience to take back with me when I go home,” he adds.

Even with his extensive range of original Don Papa Rum concoctions tucked under his sleeve, Michel shares that he prefers his Don Papa Rum simple – on ice with bitter. When asked what is his mission in the Philippines, Michel says: “I would like to show that 46 year old bartenders are still a lot of fun.”

He met “The Don” when he was invited to be one of the three judges for the Don Papa Cocktail Competition in Amsterdam where Kevin Kroon was declared the winner and the Don of Cocktails in Netherlands. The Don of Cocktails Competition is an annual event held in the different countries where Don Papa Rum is available.

I like how The Don is different with its vanilla and fruity taste, while still being a rum. I also like how The Don presents himself to the people, uncomplicated,” he says.

Don Papa Rum will be bringing a new set of international bartenders to the Philippines in the coming weeks.

Bartending 101 with Michel 



About Don Papa Rum

Don Papa is a premium aged small batch rum from Negros Occidental, Philippines. Distilled from some of the finest sugar cane in the world, Don Papa is aged for more than 7 years in oak barrels in the foothills of Mount Kanlaon before being blended to perfection. For more information, check its website or Facebook  page or follow @donpaparum on Twitter and Instagram.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Jollibee Introduces its #ProudGenYum 2016 Yumbassadors

Last week I got to meet them. The Generation Y..the Gen Y..the #ProuGenYum..They are the young and inspiring Filipino achievers who embody the passion for langhapsarap ng buhay.

Jollibee’s Head of Marketing and Global Chief Marketing Officer Francis E. Flores (seventh from right) and Assistant VP for Marketing Kent Mariano (sixth from right) acknowledges young Filipino achievers who excelled in their respective fields and served as Generation Y’s role models. In photo from left: agricultural entrepreneur Jairus Ferrer; outstanding student and aspiring doctor Christopher Valentin, spoken-word artist Juan Miguel Severo, record-breaking runner Mea Gey Ninura, international race car driver Marlon Stockinger, world-renowned all-girl pop group performers 4th Impact, social entrepreneur Rachel De Villa, young inventor Angelo Casimiro, and international model Kelsey Merritt.
Philippines' number one family fast food chain, Jollibee, proudly presented its newest batch of Yumbassadors - young Filipino achievers who have excelled and continuously shine in their respective fields, serving as role models for today’s Generation Y. They are:

Talented artists and reel-and-real life couple James Reid and Nadine Lustre

International model Kelsey Merritt

Social entrepreneur Rachel de Villa

Young inventor Angelo Casimiro

Model and agricultural entrepreneur Jairus Ferrer

Spoken word artist and performer Juan Miguel Severo

 World-renowned all-girl group 4th Impact

Record-breaking runner Mea Gey Niñura

Outstanding student and aspiring doctor Christopher Valentin

International race car driver Marlon Stockinger

"This year’s batch of Yumbassadors are proof of how millennials are – passionate, driven and determined, and always going for the best. This generation, the Gen Y or #ProudGenYum, are impressive individuals and each of them are out to change the world,” shares Jollibee Philippines Head of Marketing and Global Brand Chief Marketing Officer Francis Flores. “Jollibee puts utmost value on excellence and we always strive to recognize those who manifest it. Our Yumbassadors were chosen because of their passion for langhap-sarap ng buhay. They do not settle for mediocrity, and welcome challenges as opportunities to grow and become better people. I am confident that their individual journeys and success stories will inspire many young people.”

To know more about Jollibee’s new Yumbassadors, check out Jollibee Philippines’ official YouTube channel.

World-class performers 4th Impact was joined onstage by everybody’s favorite Jollibee as they danced to their most popular hit covers.

Jollibee’s newest breed of Yumbassadors embodies the langhap-sarap lifestyle by giving their 100% on the things that they are most passionate about.

Each of the Yumbassadors shared about their passion, what inspired them, the challenges along their way and encouraged other Gen Y that they can also do it.

I am not-so-youth (he he..) anymore but I feel proud of this new generation. The Gen Y. Makes me
wanna live it up even more.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

EXTENDED: Join the Great Image #MeetMyNanay Promo and Win!

It's still month for thanking our mothers so if you haven't given your mothers something special during Mother's Day (I'm guilty. ) because of budget constraints, this one might interest you.

Filipinos love taking pictures especially with our loved ones. Take this chance to have a photo of you and your mother for only 20 pesos! Upload the photo and get the chance to win as much as Php 10,000.

Here’s how to join:

1. Register through this link: and you will receive an email through your registered email address. 

2. Print a copy of the email and visit Great Image studio. Have a complete portrait session and 3R photo with the soft copy for only 20 pesos!

3. With your phone, take a picture of your 3R photo print or upload your soft copy at Great Image Facebook page and share your nanay’s story. 

4. Tag @greatimageph and use the hashtag #MeetMyNanay. Get a chance to win:

GRAND PRIZE - Php 10,000 plus Great Image GC worth Php 3,000

2ND RUNNER UP - Php 5,000 plus Great Image GC worth Php 2,000

3RD RUNNER UP - Php 3,000 plus Great Image GC worth Php 1,000

7 CONSOLATION WINNERS - Great Image GC worth Php 500

Promo period is from May 4 - 31, 2016. (EXTENDED until June 30, 2016)

Submission of entries is until June 2, 2016 (EXTENDED until July 10, 2016)

Permit No. 4382 Series of 2016

Saturday, May 07, 2016

Where to Celebrate Happy Mother's Day 2016?

Where to Celebrate Happy Mother's Day 2016? Check out the following:


Surprise mom this Mother's Day and plan a day she'll surely remember. Enjoy your choice of main (Chicken Marsala or Seafood Potpie), Soup and Salad Bar, Dessert Station, and a round of Sangria. Available in our Katipunan and Molito outlets from May 6 to 9, 2016 only.

Also, get a chance to win the ultimate gift for her. Simply search #MomKnowsBest and enjoy gifts courtesy of CRAVINGS, Island Rose, Benefit Cosmetics Philippines, and CCA Manila. For complete mechanics: 

Al Dente Ristorante Italiano

Mother's Day Dinner Buffet at Al Dente. One of Philippine Tatler's Best Restaurant 2016.
Php 350 net. Call 3367813 for reservations.


Bring your family to lunch at Xenia Restaurant on Mother's Day (May 8, 2016) and enjoy the best of Mom's home-cooked recipes for only Php 499.00*/head. Mom's meal is FREE*! #XeniaHotelTreatsMom #XeniaHotelPH #MothersDay2016

*Terms and conditions apply 

Costa Coffee 

Take your Moms out on a date this Sunday, May 8, and get her a FREE Red Velvet cupcake for every order of 2 Costa Coffee drinks! #LondonStyle

Make Mother's Day extra sweeter the #CostaCoffeePH way.

*Available across all Costa Coffee stores (except Tera Tower) for every single receipt of any 2 drink (any size)
*Terms and Conditions apply.

Happy Lemon

Show your Mom how much you love her with a sweet kiss, a warm hug and a cup of #HappyLemon! Celebrate Mother's Day at Happy Lemon and enjoy a FREE upsize for selected Lemon Drinks from May 6 to May 8, 2016.

Vagabonds Artisan Comfort Food
 RGI Building, Sct. Limbaga corner Sct. Torillo, 1103 Quezon City, Philippines

The first woman you've ever loved deserves a treat! Vagabonds is giving a 10% discount on your celebration with us!

Treat her like a queen! Plan your Mother’s Day celebration with us at Vagabonds Artisan Comfort

Food and get a 10% discount off on your total bill plus a free dessert for your mother. Promo

starts on May 8, 2016 until May 14, 2016. Happy Mother’s Day! #palatablejourney


Celebrate Mother's Day on May 8, 2016 at Garage 88 and treat your mom a free salad for a minimum purchase of 488 pesos.

*Promo cannot be availed in conjunction with any other promo. 



Monday, April 11, 2016

Megaworld and SMDC Win Big at the Philippines Property Awards 2016

The four-year-old event welcomed a record-breaking 200-plus entries from around the archipelago this year

● Megaworld Corporation wins four awards including Best Developer (Philippines)

● Boutique developers are rewarded for the first time in a new category

● High-level industry conference Property Report Congress Philippines debuts in Manila

Megaworld Corporation took home its first-ever Best Developer award as well as three more gongs and 13 Highly Commended honours at the fourth annual Philippines Property Awards gala dinner.

The Dr Andrew L Tan-led company started the evening with an unprecedented 16 nominations, with Uptown Bonifacio getting six nods. The high-end urban township eventually won Best Residential Architectural Design for the Uptown Ritz condominium development.

Last year’s Best Developer winner SM Group was nominated for 10 awards through its various subsidiaries and eventually took home Best Commercial Development (Philippines) for SM Seaside City Cebu, a retail project undertaken by its commercial investment arm, SM Prime Holdings Inc.

The conglomerate, headed by Henry Sy Sr, the country’s richest man, also won the coveted Special Recognition in CSR for providing Filipinos “five-star” homes in prime locations around the country, as well as promoting a conducive learning experience for the youth by building and remodelling overpopulated public school classrooms across the islands.

Presented by Hansgrohe, the fourth edition of the Philippines Property Awards 2016 welcomed a new category to reward the country’s outstanding boutique developers. In the category for Best Boutique Developer, AppleOne Properties Inc pipped King Properties. Fellow Cebu-based firms, Primary Homes Inc and Cebu Landmasters Inc, collected several Winners and Highly Commended accolades in other categories.

With this year’s entries doubling to more than 200 compared to 2015, the time has come to widen the scope of the programme, a move that was welcomed by the independent panel of judges and trusted awards supervisor BDO.

“Whilst there’s still an emphasis on Metro Manila, there was an increase in the number of entries from Cebu and also Davao,” said Lindsay J Orr, chief operating officer of Jones Lang LaSalle Philippines and chairman of the judges. “What we need to do now is to continue to bang the drums and build the awareness for the Philippines Property Awards so that next year we make sure that we’ll have an even larger section of entries from other regions.”

Another highlight of the ceremony was the presentation to former Senate President Manuel B Villar Jr, founder of the Vista Land Group, of the Real Estate Personality of the Year award by the editors of Property Report. It was the only award not selected by the independent judging panel.

Known for his master planned developments called “Communicities,” the self-made billionaire saw his construction supplies business in the early 1970s grow into a quality housing developer.

“I am deeply grateful for, and profoundly humbledby, this recognition from the Philippines Property Awards,” said Villar. “For me, the Real Estate Personality of the Year award is a testament to how Vista Land has been an instrument in improving the lives of Filipinos by providing them homes to live comfortably and communities where necessities are within their reach. “

Proving his company’s worth as a quality housing specialist, Vista Land & Lifescapes Inc took home the Best Housing Development (Philippines) award for Northpoint, located in Davao. This project beat all the residential category winners from across the nation and, along with the other ‘best of the best’ winners from the Philippines, will move on to compete at the South East Asia Property Awards grand finale in Singapore this November.

“As the Asia Property Awards programme continues to grow in its 11th year, we are proud to accomplish our goal to showcase the finest developers and projects from the established and emerging locations in the Philippines,” says Terry Blackburn, founder of the Asia Property Awards and managing director of awards organiser PropertyGuru International. “We look forward to welcoming more entries from regional developers next year as we celebrate the achievements of Philippine real estate.”

The rise of the country’s emerging markets was featured prominently at the Property Report Congress Philippines, a high-level forum that discussed the past, present and future of the local real estate industry. It was the first time that the Congress took place in the country after the successful debut in Singapore in 2015. The Philippine conference preceded the black-tie gala gala dinner at the Fairmont Makati and was joined by experts from all over the archipelago and further afield, including current and former Winners and Judges from the Philippines Property Awards.

JLL Philippines’ Orr delivered the keynote address about the exciting prospects in the local market, whilst an in-depth workshop on digital marketing for Filipino real estate professionals was given by John W. Mims, chief connector and managing director of The Hunting Ridge Group. Other thought-provoking discussions covered the rise of branded residences, the crucial issue of infrastructure problems, the future of green building and the impact of technology in the Philippine property sector.

Full list of Winners and Highly Commended at the Philippines Property Awards 2016:


Best Developer (Philippines)

Winner: Megaworld Corporation

Best Boutique Developer

Winner: AppleOne Properties Inc

Highly Commended:

King Properties

Special Recognition in CSR

Winner: SM Development Corporation (SMDC)


Best Green Development

Winner: Arthaland Century Pacific Tower by ArthaLand

Winner: Menarco Tower by Menarco Development Corp

Best Commercial Development (Philippines)

Winner: SM Seaside City Mall by SM Prime Holdings Inc

Best Housing Development (Philippines)

Winner: Northpoint by Vista Land & Lifescapes Inc

Best Condo Development (Philippines)

Winner: Acqua Private Residences by Century Properties Group Inc


Best Luxury Condo Development (Metro Manila)

Winner: Admiral Grand Suites by Anchor Land Holdings Inc

Highly Commended:

Uptown Ritz by Megaworld Corporation

Best Mid-Range Condo Development (Metro Manila)

Winner: Acqua Private Residences by Century Properties Group Inc

Highly Commended:

Salcedo Square by Vista Residences (Vista Land Group)

Sorrento Oasis by Filinvest Land Inc

The Residences Commonwealth by Century Properties Group Inc

Best Affordable Condo Development (Metro Manila)

Winner: Hacienda Balai North Quezon City by Phinma Properties

Highly Commended:

Grace Residences by SM Development Corporation (SMDC)

Suntrust Shanata by Suntrust Properties Inc by Megaworld Corporation

Trees Residences by SM Development Corporation (SMDC)

Best Condo Development (Cebu)

Winner: 8 Newtown Boulevard by Megaworld Corporation

Highly Commended:

AppleOne Banawa Heights by AppleOne Properties Inc

Avenir by King Properties

Mabolo Garden Flats by Primary Homes Inc

The Courtyards at Brookridge by Primary Homes Inc

Best Housing Development (Cebu)

Winner: Solare by Primary Homes Inc

Highly Commended:

Casa Mira Linao by Cebu Landmasters Inc

Velmiro Heights by Cebu Landmasters Inc

Best Residential Development (Davao)

Winner: Northpoint by Vista Land & Lifescapes Inc

Highly Commended:

One Lakeshore Drive by Suntrust Properties Inc by Megaworld Corporation

Best Condo Development (Resort)

Winner: The Vineyard Residences by Global-Estate Resorts Inc by Megaworld Corporation

Best Housing Development (Resort)

Winner: Camella Palawan by Vista Land & Lifescapes Inc

Highly Commended:

Royal Palms Dos by Primary Homes Inc

Best Hotel Development

Winner: Conrad Manila by SM Prime Holdings Inc

Highly Commended:

Admiral Hotel by Anchor Land Holdings Inc

Army Navy Club Restoration and Development by Oceanville Hotel and Spa Corp

Marriott Courtyard Hotel by Megaworld Corporation

Best Office Development

Winner: Ore Central by Monte de Tesoro Corp

Highly Commended:

Arthaland Century Pacific Tower by ArthaLand

FiveE-ComCenter by SM Prime Holdings Inc

Menarco Tower by Menarco Development Corp

Best Retail Development

Winner:SM Seaside City Cebu by SM Prime Holdings Inc

Highly Commended:

Uptown Mall by Megaworld Corporation


Best Residential Architectural Design

Winner: Uptown Ritz by Megaworld Corporation

Highly Commended:

Salcedo Square by Vista Residences (Vista Land Group)

Uptown Parksuites by Megaworld Corporation

Best Residential Interior Design

Winner: Admiral Grand Suites by Anchor Land Holdings Inc

Highly Commended:

8 Newtown Boulevard by Megaworld Corporation

Salcedo Skysuites by Megaworld Corporation

Best Retail Architectural Design

Winner: SM Seaside City Cebu by SM Prime Holdings Inc

Highly Commended:

The Venice Grand Canal Mall by Megaworld Corporation

Uptown Mall by Megaworld Corporation

Best Office Architectural Design

Winner: ArthaLand Century Pacific Tower by ArthaLand

Highly Commended:

FiveE-ComCenter by SM Prime Holdings Inc

Ore Central by Monte de Tesoro Corp

Uptown Tower 3 by Megaworld Corporation

Best Hotel Architectural Design

Winner: Conrad Manila by SM Prime Holdings Inc

Highly Commended:

Admiral Hotel by Anchor Land Holdings Inc

Army Navy Club Restoration and Development by Oceanville Hotel and Spa Corp

Best Hotel Interior Design

Winner: Conrad Manila by SM Prime Holdings Inc

Highly Commended:

Marriott Courtyard Hotel by Megaworld Corporation

Best Landscape Architectural Design

Winner: Ore Central by Monte de Tesoro Corp

Highly Commended:

8 Newtown Boulevard by Megaworld Corporation

SM Seaside City Cebu by SM Prime Holdings Inc


Real Estate Personality of the Year

Manuel B. Villar Jr.

Chairman of the Board, Vista Land & Lifescapes Inc

For more information about the Philippines Property Awards, visit the official website:

About Philippines Property Awards:

Returning for a fourth successful year in 2016, the Philippines Property Awards is part of the regional Asia Property Awards programme. The Philippines Property Awards is the biggest and most credible industry awards in the archipelago, with the top and emerging names in real estate celebrating the best developers, projects and designs in Metro Manila, Cebu, Davao and emerging resort destinations.

About Asia Property Awards:

The Asia Property Awards are the largest real estate event in Asia, playing host to annual gala dinners for up to 600 C-level executives and leading industry figures in Singapore, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Jakarta, Yangon, Phnom Penh and Ho Chi Minh City. The Awards programme has an unparalleled reputation for being credible, fair and transparent, with an independent panel of judges and trusted awards supervisor.

Originally launched by Ensign Media in Thailand in 2005 at the height of Asia’s property boom, the Asia Property Awards in 2016 became part of PropertyGuru, Asia’s leading online property portal group.

About PropertyGuru Group:

Founded in 2006, PropertyGuru Group is Asia’s leading property media group used by more than 14 million property buyers, viewing over 116 million property pages and generating over 500,000 enquiries for real estate developer and agent advertisers every month across Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand.

The Group has a full suite of integrated property media capability, from its original core business in online, mobile and events, to television broadcast (in Indonesia, via an investment and partnership with EMTEK), and a recent acquisition of print and events businesses, under the brand names of “Property Report” and “Asia Property Awards”.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

5 Ways to Make Your Air-Conditioner Summer Ready

As the blaze of the summer heat arrives, all of us will start looking for places and ways to cool down. By midday, some people will find themselves mall-hopping just to escape the hot temperatures. The last thing one wants is to turn on one’s air-conditioner only to find that it doesn’t work. When an air-conditioning unit sits idle for months, collecting dirt and dust, a bit of maintenance is needed to get it running properly.

This is why it’s important to check your units before temperatures get hotter.

Now that summer is fast approaching you have to ask yourself, is your air-conditioning unit up for a blazing challenge? Electrolux, a global leader in home appliances, has prepared a simple checklist to ensure your air-conditioner is summer ready.

Clean or replace the filters. This is the simplest but most important step in maintaining your unit. It’s advisable to regularly clean this at least twice a year and additionally when you see dust collecting. Clogged or dirty filters block the airflow. Having clean filters means you are not obstructing airflow making your unit more energy efficient.

Clear the debris. Remove the leaves and debris from the base of the unit’s condenser and make sure the drain is clear. You can use a vacuum cleaner or a rag to clean the outer part of the condenser. Doing so means you won’t be recirculating the dust in the room.

Check ducts and seals. Air ducts are tubes used to connect the air conditioning system to a room. Leaks can slow down and may prevent air from being supplied properly in your home. Check for any leaks to ensure energy efficiency. Seals can easily break when exposed to moisture. To fix this problem, use mastic tapes to seal.

Use few heat-producing appliances. As the heat of summer arrives, it’s best to avoid using heat-producing appliances indoors while your air-conditioner is on. Your unit is already battling the heat from outside your home. If you add heat inside, you’re making your air-conditioner work overtime! Try cooking outside using the grill or letting your hair air dry instead of always using the hair dryer. This will give your air conditioner an easy time to serve you better every day.

Test your air conditioner. Let it dry thoroughly and then turn the power to the condenser back on by following this step. First, turn the thermostat in your home to OFF. Then turn on the power at both the disconnect box and at the main panel. Lastly, switch the thermostat to cool. If your air conditioner is not running properly, it may be time to call the professionals for help.

“All of our design and product development is based on the philosophy of Thoughtful Design. We want to give you top-tier appliances and unparalleled customer service to make your life better” shares Andrea Pionilla, the Country Marketing Manager of Electrolux Philippines.

With these simple tips and by taking good care of your appliances, Electrolux hopes you have a cool and relaxing summer at home.

To avail of the Electrolux 24/7 Premium Customer Service, customers may reach the following hotlines:

Customer Care Hotline: (+63-2) 845-CARE (2273)
Domestic PLDT Toll-Free No.: 1-800-10-845-CARE (2273)

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

British School Manila EYFS and KS1 Production Present Christmas with the Aliens

Last month, The British School Manila was filled with Christmas cheer. It had a Christmas shop open all week for the children to buy their families and friends gifts for the holidays and the Main Hall was transformed into a festive theatre. 

BSM began the celebrations on Thursday morning, 03 December 2015 with the EYFS and Key Stage 1 show ‘Christmas with the Aliens’ by Nikki Lewis. The traditional Christmas story is retold to some alien visitors who become stranded on earth and meet a group of schoolchildren rehearsing their Christmas play. This show was performed by Year 1 and 2 children after many weeks of rehearsals and lots of hard work. The children made BSM very proud with their fantastic acting and singing of great songs such as “Where am I?” and “A Star Kept Shining.

BSM's Nursery and Reception children were twinkling stars, dressed in spangly silver and gold. They entertained the audience with their wonderful performances of the traditional Christmas Songs ‘Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer’, ‘Little Donkey’ and the ever popular ‘Feliz Navidad.

This was a spectacular way to begin the festivities at BSM culminating in the rapturous applause at the finale, of its ever supportive community. BSM’s youngest children in school not only sang beautifully and looked amazing in their costumes but they also delivered their lines with confidence and panache, testament to the practice and hard work put in by the students guided by their teachers to get to this level of performance. The EYFS and KS1 production reminded everyone what Christmas is all about: bringing everyone together regardless of differences.

The British School Manila (BSM) is a highly regarded co-educational British international school established in 1976. The School is proud to uphold the high standard of the British education system and it take full advantage of its multi-cultural setting. It is accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and also a member of The Federation of British International Schools in Southeast Asia and East Asia (FOBISSEA) and The Independent Association of Prep School (IAPS). 

At present 900+ students aged 3-18 are on BSM’s roll and 35 nationalities are represented. British children make up 33%, Filipino 22%, Canadian 9%, Australians 8% and American 6% of the total population.