Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Do More With Less this Holiday season


2015 will be remembered by many Filipinos as the year when we witness how small things made big impacts to our lives.

Who can forget that simple kilig smile and pabebe wave that launched the phenomenal AlDub love team and spread good vibes all over the world (not to mention the dozens of TV ads that we will definitely see until next year or who knows until when). Or how about the struggling indie film outfit that defied the highly commercialized local showbiz industry and produced the bio pic Heneral Luna that made history in the box-office. Or how can you move on from the thousands of viral memes that we pass around online and even in our everyday conversations which were basically derived from just about any ordinary thing around us. I’m talking about the very clever and creative #hugot lines, of course (Kung hindi mo agad nakuha. What’s new? Kaya nga hanggang ngayon e umaasa ka pa rin).

Talking about hugot moments (which are even more relevant this Christmas season when most of us find this time perfect to reflect on the year that is about to bid goodbye), here are some tips, amusing they may seem, that may help you survive the holiday rush this year and beyond even if you only have less to do more.



CONSERVE ENERGY. Almost every home takes pride on how beautiful their Christmas trees are during this most wonderful time of the year.  We want our tree to be the brightest and most colorful it can possibly be. Just don’t sleep at night with those Christmas lights still turned on not only to conserve energy but also to avoid accidents in case a power outage or electrical wiring issue. Besides, true beauty comes out from simplicity.



SPEND MORE TIME WITH YOUR FAMILY. We become more generous and thoughtful individuals during the Yuletide season. We spend more money during December than any month of the year (unless your a politician, of course). But have you ever thought of spending more time with your family and loved ones? You have filled your IG and FB wall with photos of your company and weekend getaway with friends, I hope you can “insert” in your loaded schedule a family “we time” before you realize your baby is already a lady.


MAKE A SHOPPING LIST... AND KEEP IT. How many times did you go home from the mall asking yourself why you bought something you don’t even need. We sometimes tend to purchase stuff when we see them marked as “SALE” which eventually will end up in the attic or under your bed for a looooooooonnnnngggg time. A wise shopper has a list of people whom he/ she will buy a present. A wiser shopper will keep that list until the gifts are all given to the recipients. For sure, you also have moments that a person visited your home and you can’t find his gift because you already gave it to someone else, accidentally or purposely. That small piece of paper called “the list” can help you avoid this from happening again.

Image credit: how-to-recycle.blogspot.com
RECYCLE. You received gifts, big and small in the most colorful papers, bags and boxes. What do you do with the gift wrappers? If you can be just that careful in unwrapping gifts, you can re-use the papers to wrap your own gifts or find other uses like ornaments for DIY Christmas decors and making lanterns. By doing this, you lessen the clutter in your house while saving some money. This would also be a good start to initiate recycling in your home. I’m sure you’re aware that plastic containers of mineral water, softdrinks, cooking oil and newspaper can be sold. Start this coming January and by December next year, you might be surprise of how much you have earned.


IT’S BETTER TO RE-HEAT FOOD THAN TO SPOIL IT. During Christmas and New Year’s eves, our dining tables will be turned like buffet platforms like those we see in restaurants. But yours has a much better deal because everyone can eat for FREE. It’s a sure thing that you’ll have bowls of leftovers from your feasts and more plate-full delicacy from your neighbors. If you have plastic containers, keep food that won’t easily spoil like lechon and adobo and just reheat them. You don’t have to cook for the next 2-3 days and you will stilll have a happy tummy. Trust me, our Electrolux microwave oven has been a great companion it situation like this in more than three years now.

Indeed, the holiday season brings the that one of a kind joy that we only experience during this time of the year. It’s up to us how we will make the moment more magical. One sure way is to do more with less. Wishing everyone a blessed and fruitful 2016!

This blog post is in support of the #DoMoreWithLess advocacy led by Electrolux Philippines.




Friday, December 11, 2015

Astig Deals at Scholastic Christmas Warehouse Sale


What do Harry Potter, Nancy Drew and Katniss Everdeen have in common?

Well aside from the fact that they are all fictional characters who have their own movies, all of their books are currently on sale. 

Where? 

It’s at the Scholastic’s “The Big Christmas Blowout Warehouse Sale” which started last November 17 and will run until December 23, 2015. This exciting event, which has definitely wiggled every bookworm who has heard of the news, is happening from 9:00am to 6:00pm at the Grolier Scholastic Warehouse located at 70 C. Raymundo Ave., Rosario, Pasig City.

What to expect?

Tons of books for as low as P20 each. The discounts offered just entered the crazy sale category because some of them are almost free with an 80% slash from the original price. If you are into audio books, there is a 50% off waiting for you.

Why books?

I’m pretty sure that you are fully aware that many kids nowadays are more interested of the latest video games than any Dr. Seuss classic title. We all know how important books are in the developing years of a child. Aside from the gift of reading, books widen every reader’s imagination. Of course, there are learning apps available online but in can never replace the experience of flipping pages, the scent of printed paper and quietly siting while reading without the sometimes a bit annoying sounds of the digital version or app-based reading materials.

Here’s a quick tour of the very clean warehouse where accommodating and knowledgeable staff are more than willing to assist you with your queries. I hope you’ll find a book for you, your children, friends, and love ones as holiday present. Merry Christmas and a Happy Reading New Year! 












Thursday, December 10, 2015

Who wants a Christmas Date with Yaya Dub?

Had an opportunity to sit beside the VIC (Very Important Comedian) and Ms. Ai-Ai Delas Alas during the blogger's conference for the movie My Bebe Love. If only Yaya Dub was there, things might have been dub-ble the fun.
If there is one woman, aside from my wife, who I want to spend Christmas with this year, it’s definitely Maine Mendoza, Yaya Dub, Meng or whatever term endearment every Kalye Serye loving guy want to call her.

Who is not mesmerized by Maine? Even people from the “other side of the fence” were not spared of this amazing she. How can you not? You see her every TV commercial break, along main roads, on your Facebook feed and even in the eyes of your mother-in-law who seems to be in good vibes since June this year.


Now, I am supposed to be very excited about the latest Star Wars installment since I dream of being a Sith Lord when I was young. But I have to postpone my crave for Hans Solo, Chewbacca and R2-D2 ‘till January next year because my movie budget this December will be for Yaya Dub’s first movie. Well, my family already booked a hotel room on the 24th so we will be first in line when the mall opens. Btw, our hotel is in front of the mall so as early as breakfast time, so we can already plan the best way we can maneuver our way to the entrance.


Now going back to the movie of our beloved Meng, she will be paired to that guy who will always make us question if life is fair every time we see him--- Alden Richards. Imagine this: the undisputed Philippine box-office king of comedy Vic Sotto and box-office queen Ai-Ai delas Alas will join forces with the newest record-breaking, phenomenal loveteam Aldub in one groundbreaking movie during the holiday season.


Now that makes this movie more appropriate to have the sub-title “The Force Awakens.”


I am not Nostradamus but “My Bebe Love: Kilig Pa More!” is going to make a killing at the box-office and set higher heights in the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) History.


Now, who wants to date Yaya Dub this Christmas? Count me in.





Thursday, November 19, 2015

5 Tips to Boost Your Immunity during the Holidays


The Christmas season is truly the most awaited and most exciting time of the year.

In the Philippines, the anticipation for the holidays starts on Day 1 of the so called “ber” months. Christmas songs are now being played over the radio, malls and different establishments showcase colorful displays, and everyone are beginning to be generous and starts to make a list and shop for gifts for their friends and loved ones.

In the midst of this festive atmosphere, we can’t deny the fact that we are also bound to experience even worse traffic congestion, longer lines in MRT and LRT stations, and the pressure of finishing all school or office works before the Christmas break is bigger than ever. Thus, everyone is prone to sickness during this time. The unpredictable weather that we experience these days also adds to all the hassles that we face.

To boost your immunity this holiday season, here are five (5) tips you might find useful. To stay healthy this Christmas, just remember FERN-C:

F-ind time to relax. You’ve been very busy all year-long. Don’t you think its time your body takes its much-deserve break? A good resort is just a few hours drive from the chaotic metropolis or you can do a hotel staycation for a day or two. Just make sure that you won’t be bringing any paper work during your vacation, okay?

E-xercise. It’s easier said than done. Can you still remember when was the last time you hit the gym? Or where you placed the abs flexer you bought for yourself last Christmas? Stretch your body or run a few kilometers regularly because it will also make you a more productive employee when you are fit and well. And also, pushing the shopping cart is not considered an exercise.

R-ight diet. I’m sure as early as now you have already received invitations to different Christmas parties and gatherings with friends. You  will feast on very generous dining tables and soon you’ll realize that you have gained weight. If you want to avoid this, choose healthy food, don’t overeat and resist the call of the lechon saying, “Eat me!”
 
N-ot too much alcohol. Over drinking liquor can hurt you in many ways. You can either be involved in a vehicular accident, get headache the morning after you drown in alcohol, or be seriously ill. Know when to say stop. Don’t listen to your friends who teases you to drink more. Follow the "instructions" indicated on the label of your brandy: "Drink moderately".


 C-heer up! Christmas time means happiness. Unless you’re the Grinch, you are excused to frown and hate the holidays. Be merry and create happy memories with your colleagues. Smile, laugh and have fun. Spread good vibes. It will not only make you healthy physically but it also promotes a healthy relationship with others.

To double your tolerance against all sorts of sickness that the busy holiday season brings, be sure to equip yourself with a trusted brand like Fern-C, the leading non-acidic vitamins in the country. It gives three benefits to the body if a dose is taken everyday--- immunity system booster to protect your body from flu, dengue and other illness, anti-oxidant that fights against the effects of free radicals and cancer, and collagen producer to make your skin looking young.

Wishing you all a merry Fern-C Christmas and a healthy new year!

To know more about Fern-C, visit their official website www.fern-c.com, like their official FB fanpage fb.com/ferncofficial and follow @FERNCOnline on Twitter and @fernofficial on Instagram.     

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

My APEC Experiece at GoodAh!!!




While many Filipinos and foreign observers from differet parts of the world are all eys on the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperatio (APEC) Summit, I decided to avoid the Manila area and went to the “only” 25-hour food establishment in the world --- GoodAh!!! in Metro Walk, Ortigas, Pasig City.

I case you don’t know yet, GoodAh!!! has its own APEC--- Appetizing Plates Eating Challenge, that is.

I was ready to take on my usual order of the Original Tapsilog when I was informed that there are two new appetizing plates in the menu that are sure to challenge the taste and want of any foodie in town. Welcome their latest offerigs Tapa Flakes and Tapa Bacon. Collectively, the three irresistible meals are dubbed as “Tapa Festival.”

Choosing just one among the three beef treats was a not an easy decision. I have one hungry to feed but my taste buds seems can’t decide which one should I order since all looks equally delicious.

In the end, I accepted the challenge of taking on the three said meals in one sitting. After an hour of munching, I want to share my short yet honest review of each plate.



Original Tapsilog (P114) is 100% marinated beef sirloin served with garlic fried rice, sunny side-up egg with atchara. It’s an all-time favorite that  in every munch I’d subconsciously utter, “Iba pa din ang orig!”

Tapa Bacon (P199) is served in strips of pork belly marinated with powdered smoked flavor and spices served with garlic fried rice, sunny side-up egg and atchara. It is heavenly crispy and yummy that gives me a new reason to come back to GoodAh!!! more often.

Tapa Flakes (P129) are shredded beef flanks cook adobo style and dip fry served with garlic fried rice, sunny side-up egg and atchara. It is a delight in the mouth in every bite.

 
GoodAh!!! is open anytime of the day from Mondays to Saturdays. Visit any of their six locations namely Metrowalk, Eastwood, Gate 5, Market Market, Bicutan and Sucat. You can also order via 470-7070.

Now who says the APEC fever is just for those who have access to the special lanes along EDSA or head of states and the authorities. Experince APEC at GoodAh!!! and have one happy tummy like mine.






Friday, November 13, 2015

Where to watch Star Wars: The Force Awakens during the Metro Manila Film Festival


The Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) has been a part of the Christmas celebration of many Filipinos. It is one of those sure things to happen every holiday season just like the parol, Christmas tree, bibingka and puto bungbong, and your ninong and ninang temporarily relocating homes.

After all, MMFF has been in existence for 41 years. Even older than your very much-married “feeling hunk” officemate who still preys helpless OJTs and new hires.

Anyways, for the curious souls, here are the eight (8) official MMFF entries (from 21 nominees) this year in no particular order (although obviously, I will mention last the one my family will watch):

Beauty and the Bestie – Vice Ganda and Coco Martin teams up with #JaDine and try to kick this action comedy to box-office success

All You Need is Pag-ibig – Kris Aquino and son Bimby brings this family/ romantic comedy with the help of Derek Ramsay’s abs.

Buy Now, Die Later – Alex Gonzaga and Vhong Navarro tries to resurrect their respective careers with this horror, suspense, thriller (terrifying redundancy with the use of words).

Haunted Mansion – Janella Salvador tries to OMG us with a cast of thousand newbies in this another horror, suspense, thriller (now It’s becoming creepier).

Honor Thy Father – John Lloyd Cruz gives everything (including his medicine kit full of Biogesic) in this (take a deep breath) action/ drama/ suspense/ thriller/ crime (breath out).

Walang Forever – Jennylyn Mercado and Jericho Rosales team up in this romantic comedy of two of the gorgeous faces in local showbiz today (I hope I did not sound bitter).

Nilalang – Maria Ozawa. Nuff said.

My Pabebe Love: #KiligPaMore – I’ll be lucky if I can get a decent seat any day during the first week showing of this first #AlDub feature. Might as well join the twitter party instead and watch on January.

Now if you feel not watching any of the films mentioned and you are about to start an online petition on for MalacaƱang to allow of J.J. Abram’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens to be shown during MMFF week, don’t exert any effort because I will tell you where to watch this much-awaited sci-fi giant in the Philippines this December.

Here’s a portion of the article “The Force awakens MMFF 2015” publish on The Philippine Star last November 8.  I would love to rewrite it but I got a call for a meeting now so I’ll just quote the “important” item.

“The seventh franchise of the Star Wars saga opens globally on Dec. 17 and closes on Dec. 24 in the Philippines as required by law. The MMFF opens on Dec. 25. Only new Filipino film productions are allowed to screen during its two-week run. Regular screenings resume after it ends on Jan. 7 such as The Force Awakens on Jan. 8.

With one major exemption. The Force Awakens continues screening in 3D and IMAX theaters as allowed by the MMFF rules. For about double the regular price of an MMFF ticket, it will continue to screen in IMAX Aura Premier, Cebu, Clark, Lanang Premier, Mall of Asia, Megamall, North EDSA and Southmall.”

So there you go. Now you know where to watch Star Wars: The Force Awakens during the Metro Manila Film Festival.


Monday, November 9, 2015

The UE Red Warriors, Forrest Gump and in Loving Arms


As a sports fan, I would sometimes associate the world to a basketball, not only because of their round shape but also from the lessons we can derive from them. They are actually wonderfully connected.

As we take on our journey on Earth, we should learn how to dribble our way towards our goal. However, in every drive we make, expect that there will be attempts to steal your chance to score or block you as you shoot for your dream. Just remember that if someone fouls you or forces you to commit a turnover, learn how to bounce back and rebound and for sure you will meet trusted teammates along the way who will assist you to victory.

I may sound like a sports geek but that’s how I love the basketball. Playing and watching games is one of the things that make my world wonderful. Imagine the heart-stopping game winning shot, the incredible plays of your idols, and the loudest scream of fans in every championship of your favourite team.  I have cheered for many basketball organizations but as hardcourt heroes who I admire retire, I would change teams. But if there is one sports team that I will forever follow by heart for as long as I live, it will be the Red Warriors of my dear Alma Mater, the University of the East.

Watching every game of the Warriors, either at home or live in the coliseums, brings me back the memories of my wonderful college years. Like my team, I struggle for years as I was forced to work while studying. Just imagine the difficulties I have to endure to juggle paper works and term papers. But I did not lose hope and eventually graduated because like a true warrior, I forever believe that if I want to achieve something, I should fight for it with all my might.

Aside from sports, I also love watching movies. It can be action, suspense, fantasy or comedy. I always find time to catch a film at home or movie houses and it serves as one way of relaxing from a week-long grind in the office.   I have a thing about the classics especially award-winning films because you are guaranteed that you will gain a lesson or two aside from the fact that it is high-quality and wonderfully made.

I have shortlist of my all-time favorite films but Tom Hank’s Forrest Gump is on top. For the longest time, I have always seen the movie as the story of a man and his epic journey through life meeting historical figures, influencing popular culture and experiencing first-hand historic events of the late 20th century while being largely unaware of their significance, due to his intellectual disability. But when I become a father, I learned to appreciate the significant role of Sally Field who acted as Forrest’s loving mom.

Mrs. Gump was Forrest’s pillar of strength. She was the only one who believed her son can be as good as other kids. She remained blind to discouragement and raised Forrest with a lot of “mother always says” lessons in life that may sometime sounds funny but had sense. Who can ever forget the classic line from the film, “My momma always said: Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” Or how about the smart and funny line “Stupid is stupid does?” I also have a Mrs. Gump in my life and her name is Nanay Conchit, the most remarkable woman in my life who has given everything she has and whatever she can just to make our lives wonderful.

At the end of the day, I would always thank God how lucky I am that despite of the many stumbles and failures I have experienced in life, I have two pairs of loving arms to embrace me whatever happens. I have a home in my wife’s hugs and kisses and I have something to look forward to everyday in my son’s sweet caress.

That’s how wonderful my life is today. And the better news is that I have my family to share a lifetime of more wonderful moments as we take on life’s ups and down, travel the globe and continue to search what are true purpose in this journey called life.



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Friday, October 16, 2015

Good Working Habits We Can Learn from AlDub



When was the last time you felt kilig?

You know that sudden feeling of an inexplicable joy one gets when something romantic or wonderful occurs. Remember the first time your high school crush smiled at you? Or how about the joy you get every time you receive a love letter? Can you still recall the sweetness of your first kiss or the moment you finally said “I love you” to your special someone? It feels good, right?

This could be one of the reasons why many Filipinos are hooked on what is now known as the AlDub fever. It’s hard to resist the highly #kiligpamore moments of the good-looking charmer Alden Richards and Yaya Dub, the role being played by YouTube sensation Maine Mendoza in the popular “Kalyeserye” segment of the noontime show “Eat Bulaga.” Many people consider watching the most popular Pinoy love team today as a way to escape stress even just for an hour every day because it offers good vibes, original and impromptu Pinoy humor and surprisingly, inspiring life lessons.

As a married man in his late 30s who is starting to experience memory gap from time to time, I am not ashamed to admit that I schedule my weekend activities only after Eat Bulaga and I was part of the AlDub fans who set the record-breaking 26 million tweets in one day that rocked the social media landscape. But if you think that this semi-scripted love story is all about pabebe and just for fun, I am sharing some good working habits that Filipinos from all walks of life can learn from ALDUB:

A-lways respect our elders. Alden and Yaya Dub could have written their love story the way they wanted it to if not only for Lola Nidora (played by comedian Wally Bayola) who believes that they are too young to fall in love with each other. In our respective offices, we sometimes disagree with the thinking and ideas of senior colleagues. We may think that their concepts and philosophies sound old school but we should never forget that they are the experienced ones who have seen the ups and downs of the company through the years. We should also continue the Pinoy good value of saying “po” and “opo” even to manong guard and ate from the canteen.

L-ess talk, more action. What’s magical about the AlDub tale is that you can feel their love for each other even though we have never heard them utter a single word. They communicate through dubbing or lip-syncing songs and exchange of love notes using pens and white boards. You might be familiar with this problem many offices still experience today: too much talking and not enough doing. This happens when people have already identified what is needed to be done but instead of initiating it, they would still spend time talking about it during endless meetings, write about it, and study and restudy it until things turn to worse.

D-on’t rush things. Because of the latest Eat Bulaga hit, Filipinos now have a “universal” answer to just about anything that don’t happen the way they want it to. If it’s not today, be patient because you will realize your dream… “sa tamang panahon,” as what Lola Nidora always remind the two young lovers. At work, the quality of your output is compromised if you do not allot time in planning and preparation. Manage your time so your work will be more achievable.

U-ltimately, it’s all about love. While watching AlDub do their thing and exchange sweet nothings through split screens, we can’t help but notice that there is something beautiful happening right before our very eyes. We’re actually witnessing a real love blossoming inside our boob tubes. You can see the love in their eyes and smiles. For working people, I’m sure this is not the first time you have heard this words of wisdom from Confucius, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”

B-e happy. Have you seen in the news how many households, food shops, transport terminals and other business establishments look like during mid-afternoon these days, especially during Saturdays? People are in groups and having fun, laughing and exchanging stories that they can relate with AlDub. Plus, it’s like we have the EDSA that we dream of comparable every time Manny Pacquiao has a match. Everything seems awesome when we are happy. Do you wake up every morning with a smile and zest raring to go to work? Be happy while at work and you’ll realize soon how easy things can be accomplished.

We can never tell when the AlDub fever will fade away. Things are just simply unpredictable now just like how this phenomenon started. But whether it stays for good or would last only for a few months, we can’t deny the fact that it gave us the kilig that we have never felt for a long time. For now, let’s savor the fun and keep on learning new lessons in life that we can practice in our daily activities, both at home and at the office.

This article was published in the September 20, 2015 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer: http://business.inquirer.net/199460/good-working-habits-we-can-learn-from-aldub.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Have you registered to the Michael V. Comedy Writing Workshop?




Almost 2 decades ago, I was stupid enough not to pursue a career as a gag writer. Ang gago ko lang talaga.



I was shortlisted to be a contributor to a show on ABC 5 (TV5 now) called Tropang Trumpo (probably only of you knows this classic). Well, I did had a few months experience in writing scripts and coming up of original jokes which were also used in the show ISPUP when Tropa guys Ogie Alcasid and Michael V. became Kapuso and created what is now known the epic Bubble Gang. Friday nights were never the same again.

I was a struggling radio news writer for DWWW 774 then when I decided to apply as a copywriter for the Viva Entertainment Group. To make the story short, I chose doing ad copies over making amusing scripts.

Now, my wife is the one suffering because she's the one who receives my corny jokes instead of the  viewers of the comedy shows where I might been working now. But I still have this blog and my work as an editor for a business magazine. Nosebleed nga lang ako sa pagsusulat ng serious English topic now.  Ang gago ko lang talaga.

Today, an opportunity opens again for aspiring comedy writer? Here’s your chance to get lessons from the best comedy writers of GMA 7 led by the very talented Ace comedian Michael V. Imagine, you'll be able to learn from THE Bitoy and a chance to work with him in future projects.

Now, be ready with your pen and paper because I'll be writing the mechanics only once, okay?



Mechanics:
>Complete the registration form HERE.

>Submit your photo (2" x 2" photo, JPG, not more than 100KB)

>Submit a writing piece in English, Tagalog, or Taglish with the theme: My funny experience. Format should be: single space, Courier font, size 12, maximum of 500 words in length.

>Registration is from August 24, 2015 to August 31, 2015.

Qualifications:
>Workshop is open to all Philippine residents aged 18 to 35 years old
>At least high school graduate
>Male or Female
>May or may not be currently employed 
>With a flexible schedule
>With writing experience academically or professionally
Willing to go through interview and diagnostic tests

Important:
>All submitted entries will be reviewed by a panel.

>Twenty (20) participants will be selected to join the workshop. Chosen participants will be contacted by a GMA representative through the declared contact/mobile number.

>All participants must agree to sign a Participation Agreement, full details of which will be disclosed once qualified.

Hindi naman halatang ni-copy paste ko lang yun mecahnics no? Anyways, good luck to those who will register. And in case you need some jokes, just contact me because this 37-year old Daddy has some funny bones left.


Thursday, August 20, 2015

Symptoms of the highly-contagious AlDub fever



Nahawa ka na?


Hindi ng sore eyes o bulotong ha?


Nadale ka na ba?


Hindi ng dengue o tigdas ha?


Kalimutan na muna ang lagnat, ubo, sipon o trangkaso dahil kapag tinamaan ka ng #Aldub Fever e tiyak na mapapabangon ka sa kinahihigaan mo. I'm sure mahal mo na si Alden Richards at Yaya Dub (Maine Mendoza). Sigurado ako lalo kang naging loyalista ng Eat Bulaga o di kaya naman ay nanawa na sa ibang Show.


Bakit ba bigla kang tinamaan at kinilig sa Alden at Yaya Dub? Wala kang sakit, don't worry. Mukhang epekto na yan ng Aldub fever. Check mo kung may sintomas ka na...


1. Lahat ng makita mong #Aldub fan pages at groups sa Facebook e member ka.


2. Kapag may nagtanong sa 'yo ng mga bagay-bagay kung kailan (ex. kailan ka magbabayad ng utang, kailan mo ililigpit ang mga kalat, kailan magi-improve ang sales ng kumpanya, etc),  ang isinasagot mo palagi, "Sa tamang panahon..."


3. Kapag may kausap ka at may nabanggit na salitang nagtatapos sa letter "A" or "O" palagi kang humihirit ng "asawa ni.... ?"


4. Araw-araw ka naggo-Google na ang key words ay "Aldub Updates"


5. Kapag napupuyat ka dahil inuulit ulit mo yung #kiligmoments ng #kalyeserye sa Youtube.


6. Hinsi na headline ang inabangan mo sa 24 Oras at Saksi. Balita na lang tungkol kina Alden at Maine hanap mo.


7. Kapag naiinis ka, boses Babalu ka na magsalita


8. Mas madalas mo pang mapanaginipan sila Alden at Yaya Dub kesa sa dyowa mo.


9. Yung pag lunch time, dun ka kakain sa karinderyang nakatutok sa channel 7. Tapos late lunch ka palagi.


10. Umabsent ka sa trabaho o school kasi kala mo magkikita na sila Alden at yaya ng araw na yun


11. May pabebe wave photos ka sa Instagram


12. Nag-uusap kayo harap-harapan pero lyrics ng kanta salitaan


13. Nag-skype kayong magsyota tas fan sign lang kayo mag-usap.


14. Bibili ka na ng couple shirt na may #YayaDub sa harap at #KiligPaMore sa likod


15. Walang tao sa kalsada n'yo pag naka-ere na ang Kalye Serye.


Noon sa gamot lang pwedeng maging addict ang mga tao. Ngayon sa fever pwede na... sa #AlDen fever nga lang. Huwag mahiyang umamin. Kahit mga taga-Dos nakatutok na din.






Thursday, August 13, 2015

Un-basketball Facts about LeBron James and FREE tickets to his August 20 Manila visit


Do we really need an introduction for LeBron James?

Well, for those who just came out under the rock after a decade, LeBron is currently playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He has won two NBA championships, four NBA Most Valuable Player Awards, two NBA Finals MVP Awards, two Olympic gold medals, an NBA scoring title, and the NBA Rookie of the Year Award. He has also been selected to 11 NBA All-Star teams, 11 All-NBA teams, and six All-Defensive teams, and is the Cavaliers' all-time leading scorer.

Now whether your a LeBron fanatic to hater (well, I doubt if you're the latter since you are reading this post), I'm pretty sure you'd love to know this list of 10 un-basketball facts about King James:

1. LeBron has brains while studying at Saint Vincent-Saint Mary High School. His favorite subject was Earth Science.

2. While still in high school, LeBron has already created a buzz among basketball fans. His autograph then was sold on eBay for $104.

3. US President Barack Obama said on seven different occasions that he hoped LeBron would sign with his hometown team Chicago Bulls.

4. LeBron hosted a 2007 episode of NBC’s "Saturday Night Live."

5. LeBron’s love of the baseball team New York Yankees resulted in the Bronx Bomber-inspired Air Zoom V LeBron.

6. In 2008, LeBron became the first African-American man to appear on the cover of Vogue, a women’s fashion magazine.

7. In 2012 LeBron became the new spokesman for Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin Robbins Ice Cream in Asia.

8. LeBron loves cereal. Among his favorites are Fruity Pebbles, Frosted Flakes and Cinnamon Toast Crunch.

9. LeBron’s favorite rapper is Jay-Z.

10. LeBron shoots right handed, but eats and writes with his left hand.

Cool facts, right? Well, here's another fact that you certainly want to hear: Nike will bring LeBron to Manila for the second time on August 20, 1015.

How to get your FREE ticket/s:

Fans are welcome to personally see LeBron James and hear how he inspires all to “Rise Beyond Belief” with the LeBron James Rise Tour on August 20th at the Mall of Asia of Arena. Gates open at 6:00PM. Tickets for the evening can be obtained by registering on http://gonike.me/LebronJamesRiseTour starting 9:00AM on August 14 until 11:59PM of the same day.

Fans who successfully register will need to bring their confirmation email and valid ID on the designated times and dates at Nike stores from August 15 to 18 to pick up their tickets. Fans can enjoy a custom “Rise Beyond Belief” photo booth exclusively at Nike Park Fort in Taguig and be part of a special LeBron James photo mosaic.

So mark your calendar and make sure you have a great internet connection because the FREE tickets are only good while supply last. Good luck!


Tuesday, August 11, 2015

On rainy days, hugot lines and a bottle of Neosep


The rainy season is here again.

Along with it, we should start to prepare for the health and well-being of our family because everyone is prone to illness brought about by sudden rainfall, floods and other weather-related hassles.

Expect people to start to talk about their headaches, flu, cough and cold posts in their social media accounts and soon you might even find yourself joining the band wagon.

But what’s good about us Pinoy is that we find a way to inject fun in things we share online despite experiencing sore throats, clogged nose and a body temperature enough to use your armpits to re-heat those cold pizzas in the ref. Here are some hugot lines I created while bed resting in the house with fever and cold.




 


Got to share these hugots in the hope that some of you who are under the weather will be cheered up. After all, laughter is the best medicine, right? But of course, let’s be realistic, we need to at least intake some medicines to help our body recover fast especially when we need to finish our tasks, like this pending blog post.

Personally, one brand that I trust when it comes to fighting colds is Neosep. I’m sure you’ll agree. I’ve been a fan of this wonder tablet since high school because it never fails to help in bringing back my body and senses in tip-top shape. Of course, there were times that I also used other brands but always comes back to Neosep because “hiyang ako.


How much do I trust the Neosep? Well, it’s the same brand I give to my 6-year old son whenever he has colds. We never have a hard time giving it to him because of its child-friendly taste compared to other syrup which we commonly describe as “lasang gamot.” I won’t be surprised if he’ll share the our family’s trusted brand to his future kids.

Know more about Neosep and other trusted products via www.unilab.com.ph.

Bonus hugot lines, you like?    


Saturday, August 1, 2015

Watch Out: Fear The Walking Dead



Zombie fanatics, specifically fans of AMC's The Walking Dead need not wait until the end of the year to get another dose of gruesome but something compelling TV series because its spinoff will soon hit the screen.

Here are some of the first things you might want to know about Fear the Walking Dead just to make you a little excited if you think it may be below par the original series because their is no Rick, Daryl or Carol to entrapped us and be glued on out TV sets.

1. Fear the Walking Dead will premier this August 23, 2015 (Sunday in the US). It will be aired via Fox TV Philippines (if they will follow the same day telecast they did with TWD) every Monday.

2. The first season of FTWD will only have six episodes. They call this a mini-season. So the future of this show will really rely on how TWD fans will welcome it.

Rodriguez

3. Three of the five stars are not Americans. US actresses Elizabeth Rodriguez and Kim Dickens will be joined in the lead cast by Cliff Curtis (New Zealand); Alycia Jasmin Debnam-Carey (Australia), and Frank Dillane (UK).

4. It is predicted that Rodriguez and Debnam-Carey will bring in the male fans to the show while Dillane will serve as the guy to attract the girls.

5. If you care to know, Dillane was Tom Riddle in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

Excited? Share your thoughts about FTWD and let's see if it will be a hit or a miss from our favorite guys in AMC.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Tatay Momoy and his Good Old Hammer


I’ve met people who consider their nice-looking cars or thoroughbred horses as their prized possessions. Not my Tatay Momoy. For a simple man like him, his old but reliable hammer is his well-kept treasure. I want to share a story why I consider him as my unsung hero.

Tatay came here in Manila from Agoo, La Union in the late ‘60s as an innocent just-got-20-years-old man armed only with the tool he purchased using the money he have saved for years.

Good thing he easily got a job as a carpenter in Paco, Manila where he also met our future Nanay Conchit. To make the story short, they got married and had six children. I am the eldest and have witnessed how Tatay have raised this family for more three decades and counting, though thick and thin.

I still remember when time I got high grades when I was in third grade; he made me a wooden scooter that was the “in” thing during those times. When I was second honor in 2nd year high school, he built me a pigeon house for my pets.

Tatay Momoy: My Unsusng Hero with Nanay Conchit, son Charles and my wife Leah

Today, Tatay no longer works as a carpenter because he claims that he already lost his “carpentry skills.” I think that is just his way of denying rheumatism and arthritis.

But of all the great things Tatay has given me. The one that he did a few years ago, a month before my wedding, was the most memorable and touching of all. I just came home from work when Tatay approached me. He asked me to come with him and check something he made for the house I was building for my future family.

He led me to the kitchen and showed me a pink (favorite color of my wife) cabinet that he made under the kitchen sink. His voice sounded apologetic, “Pasensiya na anak ha? ‘Yan lang ang nakayanan ng Tatay. Wala pa kasi akong perang pambili ng wedding gift e.”

I know I wiped tears from my eyes that time but I did not show it to him because I felt it was kinda corny. Tatay Momoy, my unsung hero, personifies what we Filipinos call "husay at malasakit." I can’t help but smile when I saw a familiar fellow near the just finished cabinet --- the hammer that was used to build our home 30 years ago.

P.S. For the curious souls, below is a snapshot (almost) of the pink cabinet :-)

Friday, March 27, 2015

Dragon Edong to Bring Fiery World-Class Talent to Guam




For more than two decades, an internationally recognized artist popularly known as Dragon Edong has found a lair in Saipan, CNMI.

Edong Elenzano, an artist from Quezon City, Philippines has become synonymous to “tattoo” in the island that when people talk about the art of tattooing, his name is always top of mind.

He was given by the CNMI government recognition for his contribution to art and culture in addition to several awards he has received from different tattoo competition and festivals around the world. One of the highlights of his career as a professional tattoo artist is when he won first place in the “On The Spot Tattooing” category of the 2nd World Tattoo Arts Festival and Exhibition in Thailand in 2008. He also topped the “Best Dragon” category at the same event.

Elenzano, like the mystical dragon, continues to expand his flare as he search for bigger and exciting adventures. In search for new challenges, Elenzano sets his sight in establishing a new shop in Guam. 


A tattoo is a true poetic creation, and is always more than meets the eye.  As a tattoo is grounded on living skin, so its essence emotes poignancy unique to the mortal human condition.  This is how the skin art was described in the book Modern Primitives.  Tattooing is believed to have been practiced since 3300 BC and it continues to etch a significant mark in the culture and history of many countries today.  This year, a new chapter in the art of tattoo in this side of the world will unfold. 

Elenzano aims to promote culture and traditions that includes tattoo.  He also hopes that the young ones can get inspiration to carry on their passion in the arts. Dragon Edong might not literally breathe fire but he can surely ignite anyone’s imagination with his mastery of the art of tattoo.  This will definitely be an exciting moment in the Guam to watch out for. 

To check out his works, visit Edong Elenzano’s Facebook page or the MegaVisionEl Drako Tattoo fan page.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Hugot Moments at iACADEMY

I've always believe that learning is a lifelong journey.

That's why if there is an opportunity to visit schools or any educational institution, most of the time I will find time to squeeze it in between my work schedule and daddy duties. Which I did when iACADEMY held another open house event last February 28.

I was a bit of excited when I got the invitation since I have heard a lot of great things about the school  and their programs/ courses especially with regards to animation and multimedia--- stuff that really amazes me since I was a kid.

When I set foot at the entrance of iACADEMY, it somewhat gave this youthful feeling because I was reminded of the days when I was just a fresh high school graduate looking for a university to be my home for the next four years. So it was like a senti o hugot moment already for me at the entrance of  the school.




Inside the campus, there was this homey atmosphere because I see people greeting just about everyone entering while I was registering at the reception area. Well that's one good thing about smaller schools, students will get a family-like interaction since you'll definitely see just about everyone on  a given day.

I was told to go to the library where a program will be held prior to the tour for parents and prospective students. I was impressed because even though the school boosts an innovative approach on teaching, they still have an area for people who are fans of books and hard copies reference materials. I was brought back again to the library days with schoolmates many many years ago.


We were welcomed by the Deans, Chairpersons and Professors of iACADEMY and no less than its President and CEO, Ms.Vanessa Tanco who will pass as a student or even the school's model-endorser with her beauty and wit (actually even a slot at the Bb. Pilipinas Pagent). She will remind us of our school's official crush ng bayan who melts us with a chance smile and "hi's." But Ms. Tanco is cool and approachable which is another check mark for the school.


After the presentations of the courses offered by iACADEMY (which will be enumerated after this sentence), we were invited to take a tour of their rooms and facilities.

School of Computing
    Bachelor of Science in Computer Science with Specialization in Software Engineering
    Bachelor of Science in Information Technology with Specialization in Web Development
    Bachelor of Science in Game Development with Specialization in Game Programming and Design

School of Business
    Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with Specialization in Marketing and Advertising
    Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with Specialization in Financial Management

School of Design
    Bachelor of Science in Animation
    Bachelor of Arts in Multimedia Arts and Design
    Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Design and Technology


The MAC Room

School of Design Hall

Animation Lab Room

This room is for the future Michael Cinco, Rajo Laurel and Monique Lhuiller of this generation.
After that interesting half-day introduction about iACADEMY, I was convinced that it is indeed one of the better schools today that can offer courses that cater to the needs of the industry by combining theoretical and practical learning techniques designed to equip them with the skills they need to thrive in their chosen careers.

Plus! The school is located along H.V. Dela Costa St. in Makati City, the country's  leading financial and central and business district. This means that safety and great opportunities awaits every student who will enroll at iACADEMY.

And  as I was about to fetch a cab going home, I can't help but notice this tambayan area infront of the campus. I'm sure every one of us has great memories of after school happenings that we still cherish until today.  That and the chance to shape the course of your future is what iACADEMY is all about.


For inquiries and other hugot moments, please call (02) 8897777 or visit their official website at www.iacademy.edu.ph or visit their FB fanpage www.facebook.com/iACADEMY