Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Tanduay Athletics Locked In for Grassroots Basketball

Tanduay Distillers Inc. president Lucio “Bong” Tan, Jr. is taking his support to grassroots sports a step further as he goes on full offensive for Batangas Tanduay Athletics in the new Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL).
Tan, whose passion for basketball was cultivated in childhood, believes he saw a formidable ally in MPBL founder Sen. Manuel Pacquiao in providing opportunities for local talents from the regions to advance their basketball dreams.
“When we formed Tanduay Athletics, we had grassroots youth development as one of its major thrusts. We believe we can give equal opportunities to aspiring basketball talents from the cities and the regions through MPBL,” Tan said.
The MPBL features teams that represent a province, city or municipality in a home-and-away set up, where players get to play in front of hometown fans. Each team is required to have at least three players that are homegrown to the area they represent.
Aside from Batangas Tanduay Athletics, other teams playing for the MPBL include Bataan Defenders, Bulacan Kuyas, Valenzuela Classic, Marikina Athletics, Caloocan Supremos, Navotas Redcore and Muntinlupa.
“We put our hope in the next generation to make better their lives and become useful to society. To give meaning to words, we support avenues that will enable them like the MPBL and Batangas is close to home. That makes this endeavor special and worthwhile,” Tan further explained.
Tanduay Distillers’ alcohol refinery Absolut Distillers Inc. has been operating for 26 years in Lian, Batangas. It is one of the country’s most advanced distilleries that has received multiple local and international awards for operating on zero waste and employing green practices.
“We have a very encouraging start with the strong performance of the team. We hope to continue the momentum. But in every league or sport we support, what’s important is how we are making a difference in the lives of the athletes. How they develop as individuals and how they will continue to inspire a nation as an athlete like Manny Pacquiao is why we are here to support,” Tan concluded.

The Batangas-Tanduay Athletics had an early win during a match with Valenzuela Classic and Bataan Defenders as former Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) players Val Acuna and Lester Alvarez lead the way for the new team. MPBL games air every Tuesday, Thursday, and ‪Saturday from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m in ABSCBN Sports and Action. ‬‬ #
Tanduay Distillers Inc. is a member of the LT Group of Companies. Tanduay is the Philippines’ top rhum maker, which is also distributed in Asia and the United States, among other countries in the world. Likewise, the company produces spirits, wines, brandies, gins, and vodka. We are a registered company in the Philippine stock exchange as a subsidiary of Tanduay Holdings Inc.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Bric’s Celebrates 65 Years of Timeless Italian Travel Bag Design and Exemplary Craftsmanship

For the past 65 years in the business, Bric’s has become a catalyst in enriching the travel experience with its long standing territorial roots and passion in producing fine craftsmanship and manufacturing – as well as attention to detail which has been the centerpiece of Bric’s.

Bric’s success is founded in its quest to continuously seek for constant development as it navigates to new horizons where research and Heritage, innovation and tradition, functionality and elegance are intertwined and balanced with skilled craft, advanced technology, and interpretation of new trends, creating a perfection fusion between shape, function and design.

For this reason, Bric’s finds itself imprinted in history as the ambassador of Italian style in the world, where it capitalizes on the potential of the global marketplace and at the same time, staying true to its motto “Made in Bric’s”, which represents the philosophy and culture of “Made in Italy.”
Ideas and the ability to turn resources into winning products are the main assets of Bric's, as well as its mastery of creativity in marrying marries innovation and tradition. By observing the perfect blend of functionality and beauty, Bric’s has successfully tackled ambitious projects of well-established style, which continues to be the driving force as it enters new frontiers.
Today, Bric’s mission remains the same as when it started – to become a leader in the luggage and travel bags industry with its products that have become renowned for its image and functionality, and a positive quality/price ratio.
With an established worldwide distribution, Bric’s finds itself in the Philippine soil as it looks to cater Filipino connoisseurs of fine design and craftsmanship when it comes to luggage and travel bags.
Bric’s currently has three stores in the Philippines located at SM Aura Premier, Shangri-La Plaza Mall, and Ayala Center Cebu. Bric’s luxury luggage is distributed in the Philippines by Beawmont Distributions Inc.
For more details about the Bric's collections, visit

FamilyMart : Say I Love You with Sweet Treats

Roses are red, violets are blue; FamilyMart has the sweetest treats for you! This season of love, don’t hesitate to shower the special people in your life with small surprises every day. Pick up something from your favorite daily destination to make them smile and show them how much you care.

It’s no secret that the way to anyone’s heart is through their stomach. Say ‘I Love You’ with adorable and delicious Heart-Shaped Donuts at just Php 35 a piece. Choose from the creamy Bavarian and fruity Strawberry flavors or buy an assortment to spell out a sweet surprise. This limited offer is one you won’t want to miss out on!

Give your Valentine a small everyday indulgence from FamilyMart’s popular array of desserts. Score freshly baked batches of yummy Cinnamon Rolls, Cookies, Double Chocolate Cupcakes, Muffins, Lemon Bars and Revel Bars at the counter. You can also Twirl-All-You-Can with FamilyMart’s famous ice cream twirl in the latest flavors Vanilla, Ube and Ube Cream that would make the perfect sugary surprise for your sweetheart.    
Use your Snap card to shower someone special with wonderful daily treats and look forward to great rewards. FamilyMart’s Triple Tuesdays lets you enjoy x 3 Snap Points on all items every time you use your card.

Make February a month to savor and remember at FamilyMart.

For updates, exciting products, and awesome deals, like and follow FamilyMart Philippines on Facebook, @familymartph on Instagram, and @FamilyMartPH on Twitter. For store locations or more information on FamilyMart Philippines, log on to
FamilyMart is the 2nd largest convenience store chain in the world with over 18,000 stores across Asia. In the Philippines, FamilyMart has branches in Makati, Fort Bonifacio, Quezon City, Mandaluyong, Pasig, Pasay, Alabang and Laguna.



Sunday, February 4, 2018

Mom and Abi's Paradise Dynasty Experience at The Podium

Have you thought of paradise at times? Because I never thought of one, until the day I have found Paradise Dynasty. Such an enchanting place to dine and unwind. You can even have a feel of a real Chinese Royalty when you get inside. Our luncheon meeting was truly awesome.
The World's Finest XIAO LONG BAO is already here in Manila. Recently, it just opened its second paradise at the New Podium. The Xiao Long Bao is best served hot and piping. A Dimsum filled with hot tasty broth. And would you believe? Every pieces is meticulously wrapped in 18 folds? That's amazing!
We started our heavenly lunch with the Xiao Long Baos and Dimsum. And it goes like this...
Before you make a move, better learn the right way on how to eat the famous XIAO LONG BAO. You should not get so excited to pick it up with your chopsticks and put it straight to your mouth. Or else, you'll definitely end up with burned tongue and mouth. Just like what happened to someone I know..hahahaha!
Now how to eat Xiao Long Bao? Start with being careful using your chopsticks. Gently pick it up from the bamboo plate,  then transfer it to your soup spoon with your other hand. If you are able to do it without any spill.. Congratulations! The next thing you should do is to make a tiny hole using your chopsticks or you may nibble a small hole first to let the steam out.  Try to take a few sip of the soup, once you can already handle the level of hotness then that's the perfect time to eat the entire dumpling and enjoy its flavors.
The colorful one you see on top is the SPECIALTY DYNASTY Xioa Long Bao. It has 8 colors with 8 flavors. So, if you are the curious type and first time here, I bet you'll go for this one. Just to let you know, there's also a proper way to enjoy these. To ensure the optimum tasting of these 8 distinct flavours, start with the original flavour, the plain one in the middle. Next should be the Ginseng, Foie Gras, Black Ruffle, Cheesy, Crab Roe, Garlic and Szechuan to end it. A culinary concept by Paradise Group.

These plain ones is the Original Legendary XIAO LONG BAO. Our young foodie's choice.  She can finish one serving of this.

You also have to liberty to order your other flavors. Say for example, after tasting the 8 flavor, you fell in love with one or two variants, they also offer single flavor basket of Xiao Long Bao.

Pork Dumpling in Hot Chili Vinaigrette, steamed and already served with chili sour sauce.

Radish Pastry is a beautiful dimsum that looks so crunchy from the outside. The stuff inside are shredded radish. Never thought it was radish though.

Charcoal Custard Lava Bun, another personal favorite of our young foodie Abi. It's also served hot, so be careful before giving a bite.  According to Abi, it's so good! According to mommy, Abi is correct! This black shiny thingy is one of the New items from the menu.
Steamed Glutinous Rice Stuffed in Red Dates, if you do not have a date, just order this one. At least it's red and sweet and a better date for Valentine's day. It's like suman (Filipino sweet sticky rice)and something like a dessert to me.
The Lettuce Roll with Homemade Sesame Sauce is another personal favorite of our young foodie. She love veggies. This is a good healthy option. Just a simple dip into the homemade sesame dressing and viola! A Chinese version of salad! I love it too! The Chilled Tofu with Century Egg on top has a real smooth texture and is also good for tofu fan like me.
Chilled Baby Spinach with Vermicelli is love. To a spinach fan like me, I can finish at least two servings of this. New love from menu!

The nuts from Kung Pao Chicken made my day. And it's given, the chicken bites are awesome too. A new baby from the menu!

Crispy-fried Crystal Prawns tossed with Salted Egg Yolk is my personal favorite. I really love prawns and salted egg. Putting them together is like heavenly taste! Another new from the exciting dishes of Paradise Dynasty.

Stir-fried Shredded Pork in Black Bean Sauce served with Chinese Crepes is a sure winner for Mr. Ang's tummy, who's absent today. Wrapping this baby with this crepes is such a joy. So easy and simple. No complicated instructions needed.

Scrambled Egg White with Fish and Conpoy. Yes, those are egg whites with white fish meat that you can no longer identify with its both white color. I got embarrassed with this one...first time to try it. While the rest of the friends from the table was busy catching up, I did the honor to mix it together. The thing now, I thought it was just as simple as mixing any food. The server saw me and corrected me...I stand corrected, literally. There's also a proper way to do it. See the egg yolk in the middle? This one is also served hot and better eaten as soon as possible. The thing now, once served on your table you should mix the egg yolk right away by breaking it first and spreading it around before you fully mix it together. Yikes, blunder. Lesson learned with this bowl... you may ask first if you have no idea.

Poached Sliced Fish in Szechuan Chili Sauce was a challenge to me. I know I can handle Korean noodles. I thought I could handle it too. I was wrong. I only took a cute bite of the fish but not able to take another one. Can't take its level of spiciness. This is for the bold ones. But promise, it smells so good! I saw my other friends enjoying it a lot. Maybe I should try to get use it... I recommend this magical bowl if you feel like you are under the weather. It will definitely help you recover fast.   


As my favorite line, there's always room for dessertssssss! On top is the Pan-fried Pumpkin Pastry, it's like a tiny pancake but it taste like tikoy that is truly crunchy. While the dark brown dessert is the  Pan-fried Pancake with Red Bean Paste, also a good piece but a bit sweet for me.
Homemade Barley Tea  &   Water Chestnut drink 
PARADISE DYNASTY, a concept originated from Singapore captures the finer points of bygone eras in the contemporary style. Immerse in the imperial culture and savour the exquisite flavours from the northern and southern China at Paradise Dynasty.
The Paradise Dynasty at The New Podium opened its doors last December 17, 2018. And today they introduced to us the new lovely dishes to love. Such a gastronomical dining experience.
Have your elegantly delightful dining adventure too!

2/F The Podium
18 ADB Ave, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City
Instagram : @paradisedynastyph


And here's another Dae To Remember
Foodie Mom and Abi



Wednesday, January 31, 2018

XOXO : Valentine's Day GIVEAWAY!

Love is in the air! And so I am sending you my love, specially to all my readers!
You might be The ONE!
Just follow the simple mechanics below and click the links provided:
1. Like my FACEBOOK page

2. Like my INSTAGRAM account :
3. Follow my TWITTER :
4. Follow me on google

5. Please COMMENT below (comment section) your Complete Name, Facebook Profile (to contact you if you won) and your Valentines' Wish...
6. You may also share my Facebook post if you feel like.
Only One winner will be picked via random picker
This giveaway runs from February 1- 14, 11:59pm.
The winner will be announced on February 14, 2018
Anyone in the Philippines can join, as long as you have a METRO MANILA ADDRESS where we can ship the prize.
In case you are interested to join but you live in the province, make it sure you have a relative or friend who lives in Metro Manila and can receive the items. 18 years old and above can join.


Saturday, January 27, 2018

Natural is still best to de-stress your tress

Striking a life balance is no easy task to do. It requires hard work and dedication which sometimes can be strenuous to achieve. Can you imagine how overtaxing it is to juggle between your career and providing for your loved ones?
Studies have shown that stress is commonly caused by interrelationships, such as having to deal with work issues and family-related complications. If left unresolved over time, it could lead to immune deficiency, which later on, might cause other parts of our body to show signs of disruption like hair loss.
Many of us could attest to that. It’s like always autumnal equinox whenever we experience chronic hair fall, most especially at the prime of stress. At its peak, our white blood cells attack no less than the follicles, thus causing alopecia. What’s more, anxiety could drive your mane into a prolonged resting phase, which is called telogen effluvium.

Stress experienced by the body or beyond our coping resources could trigger hair loss symptoms, which, if not addressed properly, could result to early baldness. Worried about this? Fret no more. You can beat it simply by relaxing, eating or flexing some muscles. 
Never underestimate the power of sleep. If you feel that you are over your head in dealing with anxieties, choose to rest it off for a while and recharge.

Let’s get physical to de-stress. It helps release endorphins, or what is known as the happy hormones, that can be beneficial in relieving the tension.

Destress by watching stage plays like the timeless story of Tony and Maria and their fateful love affair as the electrifying classic WEST SIDE STORY. Read more on

Eat more fruits and veggies. Having these as a staple in your diet will bolster your immunity from disease, which in turn, knock out stress. We can all benefit from the vitamins and minerals of the healthy food we consume.

It’s best to complement these simple regimens with a topical solution that’s safe to keep your crowning glory at its robust state. NOVUHAIR, nature's answer to hair loss, is made up of 19 natural ingredients that work in synergy to help remedy stress-related hair loss and promote healthy tress and scalp. 

The challenge in preventing these mane problems is to keep your locks healthy with proper care and let it grow naturally sans subjecting your hair to temporary relief with the use of harmful chemicals. Go natural.

NOVUHAIR contains natural extracts, herbal oils and essences, such as lavender that is also known to relieve stress. It also has a scent that leaves a calming effect. 

NOVUHAIR is available at Mercury Drug and other leading drugstores nationwide. For more information visit, like the brand’s official Facebook Page, Novuhair Official, and follow on Twitter at @NovuhairNatural. You may also call NOVUHAIR hotlines at 4136570 and 09228830575 and order online through and


Friday, January 26, 2018

BENCH CAFE : The Glamorous Pinoy Turo-turo Version

Two days before the opening day, we were able to take a sneak peek of the controversial "glamorized turo-turo" as Eric Dee said. Such a brilliant idea to bring in food inside a clothing line establishment.

Honestly, what's the after effect of doing your shopping? Of course, you get hungry! Better yet, what about having some meal first before doing your shopping? This act of innovation is something!

The BENCH Café is situated inside Bench Flagship Store in Bonifacio High Street. Now offering sumptuous Filipino dishes that will surely give you comfort while dining in. 
Now, let me share with you the our BENCH CAFE EXPERIENCE

We started with the healthy choice of salad. Mr. Ang is a suha lover. This salad was served with prawn and pomelo with coriander and calamansi dressing.


We have three choices of soup. Our young foodie picked her favorite Tinola while mommy foodie got her all-time favorite Monggo! Good thing, my uric acid stat is just fine. The mung bean soup goes with pork, prawn and smokedfish finished with Malunggay chicharon, it's divine!

If there's bento with Japanese restos, here we have BENCH/TO meals. Everything is served with side dishes that you will love. The atsara is good, plus the salsa. Also including two ulam (viands). Yes, a complete rice meal! Whatelse can you ask for?

The main dish of  Mr. Ang's choice was the  US Angus Short Ribs Bistek. It goes with inihaw na pusit on the side, spicy ginatang sigarillas or gising gising with Bench salsa, atsara and Ifugao rice.

The Bongamusal is your BONGGANG ALMUSAL! This is good for sharing. You have almost everything from the Silog menu. It has a slice of spam, tocino, daing na bangus, longganisa at U.S. beef tapa. All you need to do is order an extra rice or two if you'll share it. You may also upgrade your rice to Talangka rice, Dilis rice, Bagoong rice Garlic rice or Ifugao rice. It's your call!
If in case you came in not wanting for rice meal, you may also have their Panini version of silog. All Panini is served with egg and camote chips. While all Silog is served with garlic rice, crispy egg, roasted tomato and atsara.
I got my personal favorite. The Sisig Lettuce Cup! With this video I'll show you how to do it... how to eat the sisig with a twist. Almost the same as  Korean style of eating grilled meat wrapped with lettuce. The sisig is given sinful, but the lettuce can give a balance to this. By the way, the utak aioli can even make the sisig creamier. Wondering what the bubble on top was? No, it's not Joy soap, it's the calamsi foam.
Just don't mind how I look with this video, was not able make myself colorful...kidding aside. Just came in with eyebrows because "kilay is Life."


The first drink from the left is the Mindanao Hot Chocolate, our young foodie's personal choice. Since we're eating Filipino food that moment, I decided to go for Sago't Gulaman, the one from the right side on top.
They also have the special beverage called Pandan Latik. See the one with pandan leaf from the handle. Yes, it's a coffee but some kind of extra-ordinary. The aroma was so good as well as its taste. Like each sip can bring me joy. The coffee was just right! Mixture of Robusta and Arabica coffee, if I am not mistaken. It's a perfect mix!
The FLAN B is another sinful agent. However, I was proven wrong. The so smooth texture and its creaminess made me take like three spoons, it's not that really sweet...yet Mr. Ang has to stop me. Chef Carlo Miguel shared to us that he got it from his grandma's recipe and just did some modification. Well, he did a great job!
Now, the UBE Halo-halo, our Pinoy Bingsu is a mus-try too! Ube Bingsu with macapuno, garbanzos, caramelized banana, leche flan, nata de coco and coconut ice cream. Abi, our young foodie need no help to finish a cup of this.

Such a cozy place to spend a relaxing meal with family and friends. High ceilings, gold hanging lights and pastel color of the walls is just cold to the eyes. The plants wall décor on the stairways was so lovely too. 

The ANG Foodie Family
It's another Dae to Remember for TAFF!
Thank you so much KTG for the invite!
With local flavors as its core, Bench Café updates your favorite dishes by fusing Filipino with Filipino, bringing in traditions from all over the islands to create a bold character that is undeniably distinct. Through food, we tell stories of the past, present, and the future by making local traditions accessible to more Filipinos and Filipinos at heart. 
2nd Floor Bench Flagship Store
9th Avenue corner Lane O.
 Bonifacio Global City,
Taguig, Metro Manila
Operating Hours
11:00am – 10:00pm (Mon-Fri)
11:00am – 11:00pm (Sat-Sun)
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