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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Look: Starbucks Fruit Frappuccino®!!!


Brace yourself Starbucks lovers! This July 26, Starbucks will officially serve the new Starbucks Frappuccino® flavors – Mango Fruit Jelly Yogurt and Strawberry Fruit Jelly Yogurt.
Tall - Php 160, Grande - Php 175, Venti - Php 190
 
The Mango Fruit Jelly Yogurt Frappuccino® perfectly blends honey-citrus sweet mango sauce with yogurt, topped with a layer of mango fruit jelly with real mango bits. Meanwhile, the equally refreshing and irresistible Strawberry Fruit Jelly Yogurt Frappuccino® features a visual treat with the yogurt blended with strawberry sauce puree topped with strawberry jelly with strawberry bits.
 
Along with the new Starbucks Frappuccino® flavors, we will get to enjoy the following new Starbucks featured food items
Triple Chocolate Truffle Cake (Php 150/slice & Php1350 - whole), a moist buttery white chocolate sponge cake with generous layers of milk and truffle finished with dark chocolate ganache and white chocolate shavings. This will only be available until September 13.
Maple Pecan Danish (Php85), a light and flaky Danish pastry with maple filling and topped with chopped pecans, perfect for a quick breakfast;
Chicken Cannelloni (Php165), an al dente pasta filled with chicken flakes and topped with creamy tomato sauce, you can have for your lunch;
Pan Au Chocolat (Php85),, which features two chocolate batons wrapped in 100% French butter croissant dough and finished with chocolate drizzle that will satisfy your sweet tooth.
 
Are you excited to try these new offerings from Starbucks!? Please let me know who won on your taste buds!

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Silka Celebrates 15 Silkamazing Years of Beauty

Silka Skincare just recently celebrated their 15th year anniversary at the SM City Lipa Events Center, by staging a mini concert with the theme: "Silkamazing @15: Todo Buhos Ang Galing". 
Silka was the brainchild of Cosmetique Asia Corporation. Silka is a beauty and skincare brand that creates the superior line of affordable and effective products that help consumers achieve lighter complexion and smoother skin naturally. It was first released in 2001 and in the span of its fifteen years in the industry, many Filipinas have been loyal users of Silka products. Iya Villania and Piolo Pascual being its notable endorsers.
The famous local rock band, Hale graced the occasion with the performance of their best hits.
The event was packed with booths, games and raffle prizes to name  a few.
Three people received the grand prizes such as Smart TV, IPAD and Iphone. 
The celebration at SM City Lipa Events Center was the last of the regional celebrations in honor of Silka's 15 years, the places being Cebu, Davao and Pangasinan respectively.
 
Congratulations Silka!

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Welcome the month of July with the Vivienne Tam Starbucks Card

Starting July 1, The Vivienne Tam Starbucks Card will be available at all Starbucks store for an initial consumable load amount of Php1,000.
 
This limited edition card is inspired by her iconic "Bird and Flora" print. The design showcases Vivienne Tam's East meets West approach design, that effortlessly blends cultural roots with modern design vocabulary.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

The Datu Puti Adobo Movement

In celebration of the cultural gastronomic heritage that is the Adobo, NutriAsia’s Datu Puti put Pinoys to task in finding and feting the best adobo recipes at the recent Datu Puti Adobo Challenge held last Saturday, June 11, at the Mercato Centrale food market in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
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Co-presented with Mercato Central and Our Awesome Planet, The Datu Puti Adobo Challenge was part of the thrust to take the Datu Puti Adobo Movement a step further this 2016. Launched in 2015, the Datu Puti Adobo Movement was created to push for Adobo to be our pambansang ulam. It is a movement that hits close to home because Adobo is a dish that is as personal, as it is national. Each household has its own signature Adobo, and the shared flavor defines families, identifies us as Filipinos, and boosts us as a nation.  This event is also supported by partners Philippine Culinary Heritage Movement (PCHM) and the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP).

The push for Adobo has reached much acclaim and has even been echoed by efforts in Congress. In fact, Bohol First District Representative Rene Relampagos filed House Bill 3926 in 2014, which sought to formally declare it as the national dish. The Datu Puti Adobo Movement has drawn support for the bill through a petition since the launching of the advocacy in June 2015.

The Adobo Challenge
To get people more involved in the Datu Puti Adobo Movement this 2016, the advocacy group mounted the Datu Puti Adobo Challenge and gathered Mercato Centrale’s veteran home-based cooks to create their own special Adobo dish. Participating food vendors of Mercato Centrale prepared adobo dishes using any type of meat and vegetable, and were marinated in or cooked with at least two of the three main Datu Puti products: vinegar, soy sauce, and patis (fish sauce). The top 14 entries were selected based on various criteria, including: creativity of concept, which looks at the story behind the dish as well as originality, branding and cooking technique; innovation, noting the use of unique special ingredients and Datu Puti products; and Philippine culinary heritage, including how it adopts and represents regional cooking styles.
Mercato Centrale was truly the right venue to celebrate this culinary heritage and mount the Datu Puti Adobo Challenge. The Mercato Centrale food fair is the go-to destination for urban foodies. Finding its home on 7th avenue and 25th street (across The Forum and in front of the “Between the Lines” art mural) in the heart of the BGC business district, this fab food fair happening every Friday and Saturday from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m. has earned the distinction of being a hub of culinary experiences. It is a venue for both comfort food cravings and fresh gastronomic finds all prepped by budding food entrepreneurs. During the Datu Puti Adobo Challenge, some select Mercato vendors added Adobo to their usual fare, and the foodies were all in for awesome renditions of the national comfort fave.
The Winning Adobo, Atbp.
Hosted by a familiar foodie himself, Tonipet Gaba, the feast was made even more festive with musical performances by homegrown talents UpDharma Down and Ebe Dancel. It was truly a treat to see both culinary and entertainment talents back up the Adobo initiative. As guests were treated to aromatic flavors and local OPM, Pinoy pride was truly in the air.
Among the participants, the Top 3 among the entries wowed the crowd with their inspired versions of the dish. Based on criteria that took into account taste, presentation, story, and heart, three Mercato vendors were named as the winners of the Datu Puti Adobo Challenge. And based on on-the-spot voting by the Mercato foodies, one was hailed as the People’s Choice.

The big winners of the night were:

First place: The Oinkery
DISH NAME: Pugon-smoked Pork Adobo
DESCRIPTION: Pork shoulder pugon-smoked for 8 hours, glazed with a rich Cebu-style adobo sauce and garnished with fresh manggang hilaw

Inspired by Cebu’s method of cooking lechon, The Oinkery roasts their pork meat inside a traditional pugon giving it that distinct smoky taste.  Matthew combines the finished product with his sister’s Cebu-style adobo sauce and garnishes it with fresh green mangoes on the side. Having been slow-cooked for a total of eight hours, the meat is guaranteed to be soft and juicy with every bite.
Second place: Dayrit's
DISH NAME: Pork Adobong Laing Pinangat
DESCRIPTION: Two Filipino favorites, Adobo and Laing, in one unique and flavorful dish.

Pork Adobong Laing Pinangat – that’s two of the famous Filipino favorites, adobo, and laing, combined in one extraordinary dish. Dayrit’s 40 years of experience in creating sumptuous heritage home-cooked meals is very evident with their entry for The Adobo Challenge 2016.   According to Chef Miguel Dayrit, their version of the classic adobo recipe is different from the rest because it combines the strong flavors of two Pinoy viands to create an outstanding dish. This Bicolandia inspired concoction is a fusion of the creamy, hot and spicy and the sour and salty trademarks of laing and adobo respectively.
Third place: Bakmi Nyonya
DISH NAME: Babi Kekap Adobo Nyonya
DESCRIPTION: Classic Filipino adobo infused with Indonesian spices. Served with Sambal.

Lucy of Bakmi Nyonya, one of the well-known food vendors in Mercato Centrale, reinvents the Pinoy classic adobo and incorporates her Indonesian-style of cooking to come up with a unique entry to the Adobo Challenge 2016.  This delicate pork adobo treat is mixed with secret Indonesian spices, cooked in soy sauce and vinegar and served with the classic sambal.
People’s Choice Award: Lariza's
DISH NAME: Seafood Adobo
DESCRIPTION: A mix of crab, shrimp and mussels cooked adobo style and topped with cheese.

Lariza’s, another well-known food vendor in Mercato Centrale shares their expertise in creating a unique dish for the Adobo Challenge 2016.  Their very own “Seafood Adobo” is a mixture of mussels, prawns and crabs stirred in a mixture of vinegar and soy sauce, garlic, onion, pepper and finished off with cheese on top to add a creamy, tangy taste. Tess Gonzales, the proud owner of Lariza’s knew that her opponents would stick to the usual pork or chicken adobo, so she decided to come up with something edgy. With her “Seafood Adobo”, she hopes to motivate Filipinos to be more daring and “adobofy” fresh catch from the sea as an alternative to the usual adobo recipes.
 
All Adobo winners were awarded start-up funds in cash, so they could include their winning dishes in the regular Mercato menu. The People’s Choice awardee also received P3,000 worth of Datu Puti goods.

With these latest initiatives and the warm response of urban foodies, the Datu Puti Adobo Movement has definitely made strides in rallying more people behind the nation’s ulam of choice.

Interested parties may still support the Datu Puti Adobo Movement by signing the petition at www.adobomovement.com.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Starbucks Frappuccino® Blended Beverages: Chocolate and Tea

This June, Starbucks gave a unique take on the signature flavors of chocolate and tea by introducing two new Frappuccino® Blended Beverages: the Chocolate Black Tea with Earl Grey Jelly Frappuccino® Blended Beverage and Double Chocolate Green Tea Frappuccino® Blended Beverage.
 
Available today until July 25, enjoy the Chocolate Black Tea with Earl Grey Jelly Frappuccino® Blended Beverage which is a blend of Kenyan Tea leaves and chocolate is infused into a smooth and delicious Black Tea Frappuccino®. It starts with a layer of refreshing and aromatic Earl Grey Tea Jelly then topped with a smooth Black Tea Frappuccino® with chocolate Java Chips and finished with whipped cream and a sprinkle of chocolate Black Tea powder. Prices: Tall - Php180, Grande - Php190 & Venti Php200.
 
For the Green Tea lovers, the Double Chocolate Green Tea Frappuccino® Blended Beverage is for you. This beverage is a Green Tea Frappuccino® infused with crunchy Java Chips layered with a smooth chocolate sauce at the top and bottom of the cup. It is then topped with whipped cream and a light dusting of Green Tea powder. Prices: Tall - Php175, Grande - Php185 & Venti Php195.
 
Pick a new favorite from the new breakfast and light snack offerings that will complement your favorite Starbucks beverage.
(Finally!) Start your day with these three light and fluffy Breakfast Pancakes (Php95) served with maple-flavored syrup, butter, and jam.
A soft and toasty milk bun filled with mouthwatering smoked sesame chicken fillet topped with sweet cookie crumbs priced at Php75.00
A tortilla wrap filled with baked chicken fillet, parmesan, and mozzarella cheese, roasted eggplant and Pomodoro sauce priced at Php165.
Crusty and soft bread filled with creamy spinach and sliced Italian sausage priced at Php175.
(Slice - Php140; Whole - Php1550)
A silken smooth, yet light cheesecake swirled with purple yam and red mung bean and macapuno.
Go Lite! Chips (Php50.00)
Best paired with any of the sandwiches available, this Sweet Maui Onion Cassava Popped chips are gluten free, trans-fat free and only 100 calories per bag.
 
And if you can't get enough of these new offerings, you may also bring the following featured coffee to your loved ones.
Available in select store only, the Starbucks® Iced Coffee Blend (Php425) is created  specifically for great-tasting iced coffee – choosing premium Latin American and East African beans, then roasting them carefully to bring out a full-flavored taste when chilled.  Roasted to accentuate its full flavored taste when chilled, this blend creates an invigorating and refreshing beverage. Complementary Flavors: Nuts, Lemons, and Oranges.
Kape Vinta Blend™ (Php375). A blend of coffees from the Asia/Pacific region, including coffee from the Philippines, Kape Vinta Blend™ is full-bodied and mellow with earthy flavors. Complementary Flavors: Chocolates, Nuts, and Cinnamon.
Starbucks Reserve® Cape Verde (Php595).This coffee highlights a sparkling acidity, with delicate floral aromas that have an immediate and lingering sweetness. We are excited to see the bright future of coffees from Cape Verde Fogo Island.
Starbucks Reserve® Colombia San Fermin (Php495). Tolima is in the foothills of the Central Mountain range, one of the three branches of the Colombian Andes. The topography is very rugged and mountainous and runs north of Cauca and due west of Huila. Colombia San Fermin, a fully washed coffee growing at high elevations of 1600-2000 meters, delivers a sparkling acidity with tropical papaya notes and black currant as refreshing iced as it is when served hot.
Purchase these new offerings with the new Starbucks Card - The Scales Card, that is inspired by the Siren's Tail. This special blue fish scales design will make a colorful splash this season. This will be available for an initial consumable load amount of Php300.00
 
I personally love the Double Chocolate Green Tea Frappuccino® Blended Beverage and the Purple Yam Cheesecake. Just a warning for those who will try the Chocolate Black Tea with Earl Grey Jelly Frappuccino® Blended Beverage, the Black tea is quite strong.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

LG G5 and Friends

Finally, the multi-awarded LG-G5 and Friends finally arrived in the Philippines!
 
The arrival of LG-G5 and friends was welcomed by a number of prominent personalities such as Phil and James Younghusband, Ginger Conejero during its launch at Shangri-La The Fort. Throughout the program, LG G5 and Friends were given ample praise by different industry experts: Qualcomm Southeast Asia Regional Head Mantosh Malhotra for the G5’s power-packed hardware, music DJ Jessica Milner for the Hi-Fi Plus with B&O Play sound accessory, and lifestyle travel blogger Chuckie Dreyfus for the 360 CAM accessory.
 
Celebrity parents Doug and Cheska Kramer showed the audience why they love the LG G5 and Friends through their Rolling Bot video demonstration with their kids and pet dog. And to reinforce G5’s message “Life’s Good When You Play More”, comedic video blogger Wil Dasovich presented his collaboration with LG through a heart-warming CSR project conducted for the children at the Philippine Children Medical Center (PCMC).
 
Unique Modular Design and Industry-Leading Camera
LG G5 sports the brand’s first-ever Modular Type design, encased in a sleek metal aluminum body and a Slide-out Battery which can easily swap a depleted battery with a fully charged one. Complete with LG Friends, a collection of companion devices, the G5 can be transformed into a digital camera, Hi-Fi player and more.
 
Reflecting LG’s long-standing reputation as a leader in smartphone cameras, the LG G5 has two cameras on the rear: one with a standard 78-degree lens and another with a 135-degree wide angle lens, the widest available on any smartphone. The 135-degree lens on the LG G5 offers a viewing angle that is approximately 1.7 times wider than those of existing smartphone cameras and 15 degrees wider than the human eye’s field of view. The wide angle lens makes it easier for users to capture more landscape, taller buildings or larger groups without having to position oneself further from the subject.
 
LG G5’s unmatched camera qualities are further enhanced with powerful photo effects including Pop-out Picture, Film Effect and Auto Shot. Pop-out Picture combines images taken by the standard and wide angle lens to create a picture-in-a-frame effect. Film Effect can apply nine different film emulators to an image while Auto Shot is an enhanced camera UX which automatically captures the perfect selfie shot when a face is recognized.
 
LG Friends
With the G5, LG is introducing a paradigm-shifting smartphone ecosystem—the LG Playground. This comes with a wide range of companion devices, aptly called LG Friends, to deliver fun while providing a new mobile experience far beyond traditional smartphone boundaries.
LG CAM Plus
This is a versatile camera module that can be attached through the battery slot to deliver a comfortable grip and convenient control of a standalone camera. The LG CAM Plus provides physical buttons for power, shutter, record, zoom and LED indicator. It also offers intuitive autofocus and exposure lock, features usually found in standalone digital cameras. When attached to the LG G5, it provides an additional battery capacity of 1,200mAh to allow for longer shooting enjoyment.
LG Hi-Fi Plus with B&O PLAY
This is an innovative portable Hi-Fi DAC audio player developed in collaboration with B&O PLAY to meet the needs of those who enjoy top-notch sounds that are traditionally available in high-end audio devices. LG Hi-Fi Plus with B&O PLAY stands out for its simple yet elegant Scandinavian design and premium sound technology. In addition to the 32-bit Hi-Fi DAC up-sampling technology first introduced in the LG V10, it also supports 32-bit 384KHz high-definition audio playback. It can be used either as a module with the LG G5 or as a separate Hi-Fi DAC by connecting to any smartphone or PC.
LG 360 VR
This is a VR goggle that can connect to the G5 via a dedicated cable and simulate a 130-inch TV viewed from two meters away. It has a stylish and foldable design so that users can easily carry and watch VR content anytime, anywhere. Unlike other VR devices that require smartphones to be inserted in the device, the LG 360 VR weighs only 134g and is less than half as heavy as competing VR goggles while delivering a resolution of 639 ppi. The device is compatible with 360-degree images and videos captured with LG 360 CAM as well as all Google Cardboard content.
LG 360 CAM
This is a compact 360-degree angle camera equipped with two 13-megapixel 200-degree wide angle cameras, 1,200mAh battery and 4GB internal memory, which can be supplemented by a microSD card. It can easily connect to the LG G5 and provides 2K video and 5.1 surround channel recording on three microphones, letting users effortlessly create high-quality 360-degree contents. Thanks to the partnership with Google, images taken with the 360 CAM can be uploaded to Google Street View and YouTube360, adding the fun of sharing creative contents with others. The images will also be available to view on the LG 360 VR or other devices that are capable of 360-degree content.
LG Rolling Bot
This is a companion device that rolls like a ball while capturing images and videos with its embedded 8-megapixel camera. It can be used as a monitoring system for the home, pet care companion as well as a remote control for compatible home appliances. With an IP camera connectable via Wi-Fi, users can remotely monitor the interior of their homes with the LG G5 via live streaming.
LG Tone PlatinumTM
The LG TONE PlatinumTM (model HBS-1100), the latest in the LG TONE Series, is a Bluetooth headset that has earned the Harman Kardon® Platinum grade for its superior sound quality. With a Balanced Armature design for minimum distortion, LG Tone PlatinumTM delivers exceptionally sharp and clean sound. It is also the world’s first Bluetooth headset equipped with aptX™ HDcodec, delivering lossless 24-bit audio for a sound that is unrivaled in a wireless device.
H3 by B&O PLAY
This is a set of high-end earphones that are compatible with the high-quality sound of the LG Hi-Fi Plus with B&O PLAY. Designed for audiophiles, H3 by B&O PLAY works with all Android smartphones.
 
LG Friends Manager : This is the hub application that allows the G5 to connect with LG Friends with minimal fuss and effort. LG Friends Manager automatically detects nearby LG Friends and connects quickly and easily in three simple steps, eliminating much of the hassle of pairing devices.
Better Performance, More Efficiency
LG G5 offers other innovations designed to revolutionize today’s mobile lifestyle:
 
Always-on Display: The 5.3-inch Quad HD IPS Quantum display on the LG G5 offers an Always-on feature, the first on the main smartphone display. The concept of the Always-on Display was first introduced in the LG V10 as the Second Screen and now that feature has evolved onto the main display to show the time and date continuously even when the G5 is in sleep mode. This means that you can always see the time at a glance, even during important meetings or when your hands are full.
 
Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 820 Processor: The LG G5 is equipped with the powerful yet energy-efficient SnapdragonTM 820 processor which offers advanced features such as 64-bit performance, Adreno 530 graphics, lower-power Qualcomm® HexagonTM DSP and Qualcomm Spectra™ 14-bit dual image signal processors (ISPs) designed to deliver high resolution DSLR-quality images and additional power savings. The Snapdragon 820 processor also has an integrated X12 LTE modem that supports Category 12 download speeds of up to 600 Mbps and LTE Category 13 uplink speeds of up to 150 Mbps.
 
aptX™ HD: 24-bit Hi-Fi Wireless Audio – The LG G5 is equipped with aptX HD, an enhanced codec that supports 24-bit sound over Bluetooth, delivering rich and clear sound over wireless connections without any loss. When paired with the LG TONE Platinum, users can experience superb quality Hi-Fi audio that sounds amazingly close to the original source.
 
Qualcomm® Quick Charge™ 3.0: The LG G5 offers Quick Charge 3.0 for incredibly fast charging. By employing an intelligent algorithm, Quick Charge 3.0 is 27 percent faster and 45 percent more efficient than the previous generation.
 
Low Power Location Estimation (LPLE) Technology: Thanks to this, LG G5 has excellent battery life. This solution enhances the battery efficiency by as much as 41.9 percent by improving the power consumption related to location-based apps.
 
“With all the smartphone brands striving for the latest technology and most functional design, LG G5 marries these concepts with the human element of rediscovering the true joy in ‘playing more’,” LGEPH Mobile Communications VP Jay Won said. “We are so excited to bring this highly anticipated and out-of-the-box flagship to the Philippines. LG G5 and Friends play a game-changing role in the smartphone industry, providing devices and opportunities that would help make the most of a consumer’s mobile lifestyle.”
 
The LG G5 is now available in the Philippines in gray, titan, gold and pink, retailing for PhP 34,990.00. To “play more” with the LG G5, visit lg.com/ph, like LG Mobile Philippines’ Facebook page or follow @LGPhilippines on Twitter and Instagram.
 
Key Specifications:*
Chipset: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 820 Processor
Display: 5.3-inch Quad HD IPS Quantum Display (2560 x 1440 / 554ppi)
Memory: 4GB LPDDR4 RAM / 32GB UFS ROM / microSD (up to 2TB)
Camera: Rear: Standard 16MP, Wide 8MP / Front: 8MP
Battery: 2,800mAh (removable)
OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Size: 149.4 x 73.9 x 7.7mm
Weight: 159g
Network: LTE / 3G / 2G
Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a, b, g, n, ac / USB Type-C) / NFC / Bluetooth 4.2
Colors: Silver / Titan / Gold / Pink
 
*Specifications may vary depending on the market.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Close Up Forever Summer One Last Time

It’s that time of the year again: to get intensely close at Closeup Forever Summer, the music festival that brings you and your friends your favorite performers. From EDM kings Martin Garrix to Alesso, to Aussie indie pop duo Julia & Angus Stone, Closeup Forever Summer has hosted a choice selection of iconic electric dance music artists to celebrate life, friendship, summer, and those unforgettable nights that make life worth living.
 
This year, Closeup is doing it one last time, transforming the SM MOA concert grounds into a Tropical Desert Oasis for a night to outshine the rest. 
 
Ending the trilogy with a bang, Closeup Forever Summer will be headlined by no other than the current number one DJ’s in the world, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike. Sought after producers, remixers to the A-list elite, award winners and #1 hit makers, Belgian brothers DVLM’s Forever Summer stint will be their first ever performance in the Philippines. Having toured internationally, they are one of the hottest tickets in dance music, gracing the biggest venues and festivals with their explosive brand of EDM. The pair who have created the official Tomorrowland anthems since 2010, will now be Closeup’s. 
 
Joining DVLM will be MATTN, one of the hottest female artists in the electric circuit known for her blend of underground and main stage appeal; Dutch DJ and Producer Julian Jordan whose hold over the country’s new generation of dance music hotshots has rocked the Electric Daisy Carnival and Tomorrowland dancefloors; and Malaysian DJ duo “Goldfish & Blink.”
 
Completing the lineup are the Philippines’ resident party starters Ace Ramos, Martin Pulgar, Marc Naval, Kat DJ and MC Pao.
 
It’s now or never. Here’s to celebrating Closeup Forever Summer one last time.
 
Closeup Forever Summer will be on May 21, 2016, at the SM MOA Concert Grounds. Regular VIP ticket prices will be 4,000 pesos. For SVIP table reservations contact 09176898888.
 
For the latest updates like us on Facebook and follow us @CloseupPH on Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat. Tell us how you plan to make this #CloseupForeverSummer the best. One last time. It’s now or never.

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