Monday, November 30, 2015

New Haven for Foodies : QUEZON | Filipino + Spanish Buffet (Part 1)

Quezon Buffet, a place like home

Quezon Buffet, a Filipino + Spanish Buffet Restaurant has formally opened its doors to the public, located at the Fisher Mall in Quezon City.   
Upon entering the restaurant, it’s like going back  to an old familiar place, you feel comfortable and relaxed because of the simple, quiet ambiance and setting of the place.

The walls are well-themed with photos of President Quezon through the years, giving customers a nostalgic ambiance.

Nestled in the heart of Quezon Avenue, Quezon buffet, under the Gruppo Guevarras Inc. (GGI), carries an ambiance of an old-world charm and rustic appeal.  GGI upholds their commitment in reminding the general public especially the younger generations about our county’s greatest heroes; as well as preserving our culture through local cuisines. 

Quezon 3D Vehicle

For this Christmas SeasonQUEZON will be the perfect location for your Family Reunions, Company Parties, or even your week-end dates with your loved-ones.  CLICK this BUFFET CHOICES  to see the the food selections available
and other details about Quezon Buffet.

The whole place can accommodate close to 200 pax with spacious function rooms that can accommodate 30-35 persons, respectively.

Complementing the dishes, the place is satisfying as the service is generally noble. Their service staff are nice and friendly, accompanying customers from the front lobby up to their seats. They depict one of the good traits of every Filipino, which is being hospitable to guests. 

Nippon Releases New Color Trends for 2016 / 2017

Nippon Paint (Coatings) Philippines, launched it second “Trend Beyond Colours”, unveiling the nine key colour palettes featured across three inspirational palettes: “We Are One”, “New Eco”, and “Wonder-Lust”.  Each theme features three unique colours, allowing consumers to explore and express their imagination.
The first series, “We Are One”, features modern colours reminding how new age technology and social media are constantly affecting our lives and keeping us connected wherever we are.  The palette features Founder Blue (NP B 1527D), Gray Knight (NP N 2001T), and Green Tuft (NP BGG 1666A), accentuating people’s connection in a world without boundaries where digital devices are an indispensable part of our life today.

The second series, "New Eco" celebrates the wonders and simplicity of Mother Earth. Inspired by nature, "New Eco" brings consumers back in touch with the environment from its quietly stylish but ultimately comforting colours. The palette reinterprets Asia's captivating nature, from the vintage soul of Asia to the serene oceans and mighty volcanoes personified by its three colours, Tavern Buff (NP N 1867P), Lush (NP BGG 1605T), and Volcanic Black (NP N 1918A).

The third collection, "Wonder-Lust" embodies today's YOLO or "You Only Live Once" culture as it explores one's discovery for the perfect balance in life through our continual search for new interests, hobbies, experiences and adventures. For consumers that aren't afraid of some excitement in their life, "Wonder-Lust" is equally big, bold, and bright in colours. The lively colours features are Being Peach (NP YO 1219T), Fast Car (NP AC 2076A), and Blue Lullaby (NP PB 1550P).

The nine colours are forecasted to drive utilization across various industries and applications in 2016 and 2017. 

The nine trend colours were curated and handpicked by more than 50 design professionals, colour experts and enthusiasts from all over the Asia Pacific Region, including the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, China, India, Hong Kong, Thailand, Taiwan, and Japan, held at the Asia Pacific ChromaZone Colour Forecasting Workshop 2015 in Japan earlier this year.

Michael Chung, General Manager of Nippon Paint (Coatings) Philippines, explained why these palettes were chosen. "To create these palettes, we have analyzed the effects of colours and how behaviour is influenced by colour, fashion, retail performance, lifestyle trends, and culture in today's world. Nippon Paint's Trend Beyond Colors will inspire consumers to create their own designer styles drawing on the three themes handpicked by our designers. The publication is packed with many photos and ideas, featuring our designers' personal tips and recommendations on how the colour palette can be cleverly and innovately applied on both interior and exterior surfaces," Chung further explained.

These colours can be coated to almost any imaginable surfaces, including wood, tiles, cement, slate, and glass. Consumers can also use these colours to mimic the look and feel of three-dimensional textures of stone, marble, velvet, or satin using the series of Nippon Paint Momento Special Effect Paint.

Trend Beyond Colours 2016/17 is available for download online. To download or to read it online, please visit


Manila, Philippines - Lyric Opera of the Philippines and the Resorts World Manila to organize a special campaign for this year’s “Breast Cancer Awareness”.

“Celebrate with Songs of Hope: A Christmas Fundraising Concert” will be held at the Newport Performing Arts Theater of Resorts World Manila on December 16, 2015. The event will start at 7:30pm as part of an ongoing campaign to fight Breast Cancer, a disease that has claimed thousands of lives over the years. The organizers aim to educate people about the symptoms of Breast Cancer, and what they can do to survive it. Each ticket you buy will send one Breast Cancer patient to much needed Chemotherapy Treatment.

You will be treated to a night of song and music courtesy of the conductor Chino Toledo and the Grupo 20/21 Orchestra. Artists who are expected to perform at the concert are Jose Mari Chan, Anna Feleo, Noel Azcona, Randy Gilongo, Sherwin Sozon, Franco and Ayen Laurel, John Glenn Gaerlan, Jane Wee, Andrea Melisa Camba, Stephanie Aguilar, Dave de Jesus, David Cicero Pado, Raymond Muyot, Nomher Nival, Mary Patrice Pacis, Naomi Sison and Marie Antonette Pascual.

Use my code (CelebrateHope080) when you buy your tickets. Tickets for the event are available at the Ticketworld and

The ticket prices are as follows: (Total Seats - Price)
SVIP 267 - PHP 3,000 
VIP 288 - PHP 2,800 
GOLD 280 - PHP 2,500 
SILVER 439 - PHP 2,200 
BRONZE 126 - PHP 2,000

About Resorts World Manila
Resorts World Manila (RWM) is a leisure and entertainment destination in the Philippines that showcases thrilling lifestyle choices, unique events, first-rate performances and recreational thrills. Strategically located near the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3, it is a direct portal to the world-class hospitality of the Philippines. RWM is home to top-rate brands such as the Marriott Grand Ballroom, the Remington Hotel, the Marriott Hotel Manila, and Maxims Hotel. For more information, please visit

About Lyric Opera of the Philippines
The goal of Lyric Opera of the Philippines is to offer opera productions of exceptional quality, and to develop an appreciation of the performing arts, music and opera through outreach and educational activities. The institution wants to emulate and recognize the efforts of legends such as Aurelio Estanislao, Manny Gregorio, Gamaliel Viray, Mamerto Villaba, Fides Cuyugan-Asencio, Sylia La Torre, Mercedes Matias Santiago, Salvacion Yniguez, Armida Siguon-Reyna, Gloria Coronel, Conching Rosal and Irma Potenciano. For more information, please visit lyropera (

Let us give the gift of hope and love to Breast Cancer Patients, let’s all support this concert, buy your tickets now!


The month of December is here and it means vacation time for many people, specialy those working in the office and their families are also looking forward to it. If you’re still thinking about what to do over those holidays, your free days can be best maximized with an out-of-town road trip/adventure to places like Vigan or Laoag. 

Book online now!

Laoag na ma-stress as there’s no need to line up at bus terminals or commit to a long drive in order to reach these distantly beautiful destinations. Biyaheroes has partnered up with Partas Transport in order to provide a seamless online reservations system that lets you book and even choose your bus seats online! Offering Express First Class Vigan/Laoag and Pasay/Cubao routes, this cuts your travel time by up to four hours as there is only one stopover and no passenger pick-ups will be done along roads.

You can book your seats roundtrip, and via Dragonpay, you can settle payment in major banks (whether it’s online or over the counter), payment partners such as Bayad Center, Cebuana Lhullier, LBC, SM Bills Payment, and other popular options found nationwide.

Online reservations have a 2-day cut-off and a fixed 10% extra service charge per booking or P50 for bookings P500 and below. This gives you Biyaheroes points, cool freebies, and the convenience of booking and paying anywhere for the guaranteed seats of your choice. Book directly at the
Biyaheroes website and enjoy this provincial commute easily for this holiday.

Save your energy for exploring! Unwind in the countryside and get to know the Philippines better with historical destinations, awesome food trips, and beautiful sceneries from Vigan and Laoag.

Biyahe na, biyaHEROES!

Mirra Reyes
0917-535-1501, (02) 507-8575

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Cook Magazine’s 5th Holiday Bash

My friends and I were  invited to attend Cook Magazine’s exciting, fun filled, disco fever themed night as a way to celebrate their 5th Annual Holiday Bash last November 24, 2015 at Houze Manila, Remington Hotel, in Resorts World.  They celebrate it every year as a thanksgiving party to everyone who has supported the magazine for the past year.  I tremendously enjoyed the party, with delicious food, overflowing drinks and cocktails, the Lydia’s Lecon, Magnum Ice Cream, lots and lots of raffle prizes, loot bags, giveaways and a lot lot more.  This is my 1st party for the coming Christmas season and I must say “What a way to start the Holidays!” Thanks Cook Magazine for the memories!

Cook Magazine, hosted a generous fun night with their event and food sponsors , advertisers and media partners.It was indeed a wonderful gathering for Cook magazine Family!  Let’s see how can they top off their beautiful celebration next year!

Cook Magazine, in celebrating its 15th year of publication, continues to look for ways to involve our readers and evolve into a more complete experience. While sharing recipes and food finds through articles and pictures are what we’ve been doing for over a decade, we’d like to bring the reader closer to the action and actually take them along in our journeys of food discovery.

Last year, we launched the Cook Magazine Studio Kitchen, a venue where cooking, eating and food photography all seamlessly blend. The kitchen has had a bit of a spruce up recently, with Mother’s Best sponsoring kitchen cabinetry and a new backsplash. The addition added some warmth to the kitchen and provides a space to display products like Mother’s Best condiments.

On the editorial side, we also added a couple of new sections to the magazine. Our Home & Living section contains crafts, decorating and DIY projects. The Health & Wellness section by our good friend, Dolly Dy-Zulueta features food and beverage products, restaurants and destinations that promote wellbeing. 


Being in the food publication industry, restaurant invitations are a daily occurrence for the Cook team. Whether it is to try out and feature newly opened places, new menu items from old favorite digs or to meet and greet clients and potential advertisers, eating is and has always been a part of our job. But among our numerous dining adventures, our Foodie Road Trips are the most fun and most anticipated. These are the trips out of town we do to discover dining destinations, a food tour that takes us to towns big and small in search of the best eating a province has to offer. Of course, it doesn’t just stop with the eating. These trips are also opportunities to see the sights, enjoy the hotels and resorts and meet fellow food lovers all around the country. 

Cook Club was established for our loyal readers, so that we can take them along on these food tours and share with them the discoveries we make. Travelling by land provides us the opportunity to bond with our members during the journey, while at the same time having the flexibility to stop and make detours as we wish. Aside from the food, Cook Club members will also experience the same hospitality extended to us by partner hotels and resorts throughout the country. 

As part of Cook Club, members also get to share their favorite recipes and foodie finds. Not only will these be posted on our Facebook page and website, but our favorite members’ posts will also be published in Cook Magazine every month. It is our way of giving our readers the complete Cook Magazine experience, bringing them along in our journey of food discovery and sharing these experiences with the world through our magazine, website and through social media. Cook Club literally lets each reader become a member of the Cook Magazine team.

Join the group:



Friday, November 27, 2015

Look Good and Feel Good

Because of social media and photo sharing apps, we feel the need to share fancy and beautiful photos of our everyday lives. This includes double tap worthy OOTDs, but to pull this good looking outfits we must also look good about ourselves. This is essential because this is where we get our everyday confidence. How can we feel good about our self and our body? Easy, embrace it, take care of it and work for it. You can do that with proper diet exercise and taking Reducin. 

Reducin has Orlistat which is a lipase inhibitor for Obesity Management. Reducin is a 120 mg capsule of Orlistat, it acts by preventing your body from absorbing too much fat that comes from the food you eat. With a low-calorie and low-fat diet and exercise, Reducin can help you reduce unwanted weight. 1-2 capsules per day after meal with warm water to reach your body goal. Note that, Reducin is not a medicinal drug and should not be used to treat the symptoms of any disease.

Look good when you feel good about yourself, take Reducin, Reduce As In! Reducin is available at Mercury Drug and other leading drugstores nationwide for only SRP P29.50 per capsule. Visit Reducin’s FB Page: Be updated and Join our promos to win

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Best Day Ever with Kathryn Bernardo and AjiPanda!

I am very excited to attend this event, and see  #TeenQueen Kathryn Bernardo up close and personal!  Ajinomoto hosted a press conference dubbed as “AjiPanda™ Best Day Ever!” last November 24, 2015 at the Torre Venezia Suites in Quezon City. The event highlighted the launch of AjiPanda™ icon, information sharing on umami and monosodium glutamate (MSG) and the contract renewal of Teen Queen Kathryn Bernardo as the brand endorser of AJI-NO-MOTO® Umami Seasoning.

Roann Co, Ajinomoto’s Marketing Department Head, explains “AjiPanda™ personifies a humble pack or bottle of AJI-NO-MOTO® Umami Seasoning as an ever-reliable way of bringing out the natural deliciousness of food. AjiPanda™ fills the role of ‘Your Best Friend in the Kitchen’ helping you work wonders in your cooking so that you can share many happy meals with your family.”

Dr. Frances Tan, a medical doctor with specialization in General Pediatrics, and a subspecialty in Allergy and Immunology, was invited to impart basic facts about umami and monosodium glutamate. She explained that umami is the 5th basic taste that allows people to enjoy the delicious taste in food. It is also described as “savory” or “malinamnam”. The source of this umami taste is glutamate. Glutamate is a non-essential amino acid that naturally occurs in food like tomatoes and cheeses and can be found in salt form through monosodium glutamate.

Scientific evidences from credible institutions like the World Health Organization (WHO), The United Nation’s Joint Expert Committee on Food Additives (UN JECFA), were presented to affirm the safety of MSG for general consumption. Dr. Celeste Tanchoco, a veteran in the field of nutrition, was also present to shed light about the role of glutamate in nutrition. 

Ms. Kathryn Bernardo graced the event for her contract renewal as brand endorser of AJI-NO-MOTO®. According to Kathryn, she finds cooking for her family very rewarding. She would love for the new generation of cooks to experience the joys of home-cooking with her new best friend in the kitchen – AjiPanda™.

Cuteness Overload. Ms. Kathryn Bernardo poses with AjiPanda™. 

So glad to have a picture with Kathryn, 
a very nice young lady and accommodating.

Blogging friends...

Happy bunch of people :)


Ajinomoto Philippines Corporation (APC) is an affiliate of Tokyo-based Ajinomoto Co., Inc. Established in 1958, APC lives by its promise to provide consumers products that will always give the delicious taste to healthy and nutritious meals as embodied in APC’s slogan Ajinomoto® “Eat Well, Live Well.®” APC’s complete line of quality food and seasoning products are produced by international affiliates and local toll manufacturers using Ajinomoto’s license, quality standards and technological expertise. APC’s products include AJINO-MOTO® Umami Seasoning, Ajinomoto® Brand Ginisa Flavor Seasoning Mix, Ajinomoto® Brand Chicken Powder, PORKSAVOR® All-in-One Seasoning Mix, CRISPY FRY® Breading Mix, CRISPY FRY® Seasoned Crumbs, TASTY BOY® All Purpose Breading Mix, AJI-SHIO® Seasoning Mix and “amino Fres-C” Instant Drink Mix.


MANILA, PHILIPPINES 23 NOVEMBER 2015 – Filipino riders geared up for thrilling bike action around the roads in Metro Manila last Nov. 21 to 22 for the BGC Cycle Asia Philippines. Close to 2,000 cycling enthusiasts joined the event which featured exciting and challenging categories for children, adults and families.

The event, in its third edition this year, is a part of Cycle Asia, a network of premier cycling events across the region that offers participants the rare opportunity to ride on safe closed public roads in major Asian cities. It was brought here in the country by organizer Sunrise Events, Inc. in partnership with Cycle Asia and Bonifacio Global City (BGC).

"We are excited to continue an active year of sports for Sunrise Events, Inc. with our team-up with BGC and our international partner, Cycle Asia, the BGC Cycle Asia Philippines made it possible for Filipino families to participate in sports activities as exercise to promote their health and ensure a wholesome lifestyle," said Wilfred Steven Uytengsu, CEO of Sunrise Events Inc.

Prior to the ride events, the entire family were entertained with a wide range of fun activities in the Cycling & Lifestyle Expo at the Ascott Bonifacio Global City Manila, the Official Residence of the BGC CycleAsia Philippines for 2016.

The fun cycling action started in the morning of Saturday, November 21 via the kiddie ride categories starting with the 30-minute Junior Challenge ride and followed by The Kid’s Ride and Tricycle Ride categories. This day proved to be a fun bonding activity for parents and kids complete with post-event ride activities such as the bull ride and kiddie inflatables.

On Sunday, November 22, were the Adult Ride categories. The event was kicked-off by the Ride with Robbie with Australian former PRO cyclist and three-time Tour de France green jersey sprinter’s classification winner Robbie McEwen. It was followed by the 40km Challenge Ride and the 20km Community and Foldies Community Rides.

According to Mr. Manuel Blas II, Head of Commercial Operations for Fort Bonifacio Development Corp., “The participation in Cycle Philippines through the years have shown us that cycling is here to stay and that it is going beyond being a hobby and sport where people are more and more using it as an alternative mode of transportation to get around the metro. This insight pushed us to implement more bike racks around the city. Furthermore, it also inspired us to experiment with a bike-sharing program which will be launched in the near future.”

With Bonifacio Global City (BGC) as the title sponsor,and with the valuable support of Taguig City, BGC Cycle Philippines has attracted a number of additional sponsors: Gatorade (Hydration Partner), 2Go Express, (Official Courier and Logistics Partner), Ascott Bonifacio Global City (Official Residence) and others including Subaru, Rudy Project, Scott Bikes, Rocktape, Regent, Garmin, Pioneer Insurance, Herbalife,, Skippy’s bar and Grill and Purefoods Sexy Chix. Philippine Star and ABS-CBN Sports+ Action are the event’s media partners while Goya and Cetaphil are its marketing partners.

For more information, check out the BGC CycleAsia Philippines official website,

About Cycle Asia Owned and organised by Spectrum Worldwide, Cycle Asia is a network of premier cycling events hosted across the region.

Each event offers cyclists the rare opportunity to ride on closed public roads in major Asian cities, while catering to participants of all ages and abilities. Whether it’s young cyclists on three wheels or the more serious cyclists looking to test themselves on a longer distance, there’s a ride for everyone across the Cycle Asia network.

For more information, go to:

About Sunrise Events, Inc 
Sunrise Events Inc was established in 2008 after it has been granted the Ironman 70.3 license by the World Triathlon Corporation. The vision of the company is to stage world class events to put the Philippines in the sports tourism map of the world. SEI currently stages at least 12 events per year and has the exclusive rights to the Ironman 70.3, 5150, XTERRA and Ironkids events.

About Bonifacio Global City: Bonifacio Global City is the proud venture of Fort Bonifacio Development Corporation (FBDC), managed by the powerhouse partnership of Ayala Land, Inc., Evergreen Holdings, Inc. (Campos Group) and the Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA). The combined formidable wealth of real estate development, expertise, and investment from each group has established Bonifacio Global City as one of the world’s finest and fastest-growing premier cities. For more info, visit

For media queries, please contact: Sunrise Events, Inc. Vima Mendoza Telephone: +63920-9760139 E-mail:

Cycle Asia’s Chris Robb, Ascott Manila’s Philip Barnes and three-time Tour de France Green Jersey Sprinter’s Classification winner Robbie McEwen pose with the Jr. Challenge riders prior to flag-off

The kiddie ride category provided a fun bonding activity for kids and their parents

Cyclists in the Philippines get to ride with three-time Tour de France Green Jersey Sprinter’s Classification winner Robbie McEwen only at the BGC Cycle Asia Philippines event

Close to 2,000 cyclists geared up for the two-day BGC Cycle Asia Philippines ride event which took off from Bonifacio Global City `

Monday, November 16, 2015

Maine Mendoza's (#YayaDub) Shades of Lipsticks

Have you ever wondered what shades of lipstick does Maine Mendoza uses?  Let's take a look at these photos and get her "luscious lips look".


Peachy Pink

In the Lipstick Shade of the Year-
Perfect Shade of Nude
Baby Doll Pink Lipstick
Vampy Red Lipstick
Her favorite shade - Nude
Wine Shade Lipstick
Luscious in Red
Perfect in Peach
Pretty in Pink
So, which one is your favorite?  Someone even suggested that she should be a model of a Brand of Lipstick, and another commented that she has those pouting, lovely lips ala Angelina Jolie.  What do you think?