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Saturday, January 13, 2018

‘Art Rules’ 2018 opening salvo of SM Puerto Princesa.

Celebrating the wonders of Palawan through arts, SM City Puerto Princesa starts the year 2018 with Art Rules that highlights local culture and arts.

From January to March 2018, SM City Puerto Princesa will showcase different forms of art depicting the dynamic and vibrant culture of the “Best and Friendliest” island in the world.

“We take the notion of ‘Discover Palawan’ to celebrate the wonders of Palawan created and communicated through the artistry, creativity and thoughtfulness of our local artists, may they be in visual arts, photography, music, creative writing, or performing arts,” said Rita Sarmiento, marketing manager of SM City Puerto Princesa.

For January 2018 alone, there will be mascot parades every weekend, gallery of paintings on selected areas in the mall, music and dance performances on Wednesdays, and photo exhibits at The Event Center.

Ms. Sarmiento also said, “we want to highlight the role of the audience, our customers as active co-creator and partner to the artist, making the entire experience real, meaningful and mutually reinforced.”

Kids will also have an opportunity to hone their creativity in various weekend activities that SM City Puerto Princesa has prepared for them. There will be painting sessions, dream catcher making, cupcake designing, and many more.

In addition to organizing these wonderful activities for the family’s enjoyment, SM City Puerto Princesa’s Art Rules is also committed to making a long term impact on audience development and in artistic development. The said campaign therefore also includes a wide array of educational activities, and further offers an important platform for local artists.


For updates on the activities of Art Rules, visit the SM City Puerto Princesa Facebook Page and Instagram.  (PR)

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

The NOVUHAIR Holiday bash promo.

Holiday outfit, gifts for kris-kringle, and party ever before the year end.

The fresh out of the shower look can be seductive yet temporary. Blame it to tropical climate, it can spoil your appearance, besides making you feel sweaty and stale. The heat and humidity brought about by extreme weather condition, likewise, dries out the locks easily and make it more fragile.

Adding damage to your delicate strands are the chemical contents of various products on hand. From shampoo to conditioner and hair treatment, down to styling goods to groom it to your liking, their harsh synthetic materials jeopardize the natural oil and luster of your mane.

Because you are what you eat, the fate of your crowning glory is in the plate. Your diet must have the correct balance of vitamins and minerals to supply hair with all that it needs to become shiny and strong. So don’t overindulge, especially this time of the year when gastronomic feasts are spread almost everywhere you go. Be careful on what you take in, thinking that it’s also what you feed your ‘do.

Even stress can wear off the beauty and health of the tress. And that’s exactly what you should avoid this Yuletide season. Never put pressure on yourself just to please everyone. Just take it easy, let your hair down and party all night long.

In this time of gratitude, NOVUHAIR makes everyday “a good hair day” for its valued patrons like you with its Christmas and Year-End Promo. Get an extra NOVUHAIR Herbal Shampoo 200 ml. worth P1,040 for FREE if you buy a NOVUHAIR 3-in-1 pack at participating WATSONS stores nationwide (DOH-FDA CCRR Permit No.: 967 s. 2017).

Packed with 19 natural ingredients—mostly standardized herbal extracts, essential oils and co-factor nutrients—NOVUHAIR Topical Scalp Lotion does not only help prevent the hair fall malady, but also aids in stimulating hair growth. NOVUHAIR helps prevent hair loss, improve overall appearance, promote nourishment and rejuvenation. It is clinically-tested and proven safe and effective.

Opt for the best with this Christmas and Year-End promo. Whether it’s a luxury gift for your loved ones, or a self-indulgent treat for you, NOVUHAIR has the perfect gift to inspire and keep you party-ready this Holiday season, while providing you with the ultimate styling result.

For inquiries, please call 413-6570 or 0922-8830575. You may also visit www.novuhair.com or Novuhair’s Facebook page – Novuhair Official. (PR)

Friday, December 22, 2017

CBK Hardware going global.

Co Ban Kiat Hardware Incorporated, a pioneer hardware businesses in the Philippines which has withstood the test of time. It started in 1920 when the family patriarch Mr. Cobankiat opened a store in the heart of the Manila Chinatown under the name of Co Ban Kiat Hardware. Business resumed after World War II but it was not until after three years later, in 1948, that the company recovered. 

The new CBK building was constructed on the very same spot where it stood before the war.
Co Ban Kiat Hradware Inc. (CBKHI), known as the “House of Improvements”, has been the forefront of homebuilding supplies. From selling nails and iron wires as their main products, CBKHI has evolved and is now considered as one of the country’s leading suppliers of the top-of-the-line hardware materials.

Driven by excellence, CBKHI initiated the retail concept for hardware stores in the country by putting up the Hardware Workshop Store.
To cater to the growing demand of industrial and construction industries, CBKHI transformed itself by providing corporations with tangible solutions to address their primary concerns on safety and quality.

They also branch opening Coby’s Design Center in Edsa Shangri La in 1996. This store offers a wide array of products that showcase versatility and Innovativeness to suit the discriminating tastes of the modern Filipino.
In 1997, Mr. Johnny Cobankiat franchise Ace Hardware USA in the country with Cobankiat Hardware as one of its suppliers. In time, CBKHI expanded its distribution channel and is now considered as one of the leading suppliers in all major retail or home improvement stores in the country.

With its nearly a century’s excellence and guided by its vision to be the largest network supplier of the biggest brands in the world in the hardware industry, CBKHI resolve to work at sourcing the best products to supply its customers anytime and every time.


To know more about our products and services, please visit our website www.cbkhardware.com or follow our Facebook account www.facebook.com/cbkhardware. (PR)

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

HOME 168 Celebrates Soft Launch with Discount Rate.

Home 168 Manila, a subsidiary, today soft-launched its accommodations and services to customers. Being the pioneer of dormitories, made with recycled container vans in Manila. Home 168 delivers affordable and structurally sound housing and amenities to their tenants.

According to Home 168 Management, there are different social classes for people. Class A, B, C, D and E. The class A and B usually buy condos for themselves. We want to target the class C and below because our accommodation has a higher quality, living standard than what they normally go through every day.

Located in the center of Manila, close to transportation hubs and landmarks. Home 168 has chosen a strategic position for its tenants to be close to the places that matter to them the most. May it be their school, work, business, etc. Also, being close to commercial areas, gives them plenty of options for their basic needs such as laundry shops, convenience stores, computer shops, supermarkets and many more.
Home 168 Manila welcomes you with its Colorful, Convenient, Comfortable, Clean and Cozy dormitory spaces for as low as PHP 2,800/month. Upgrade your life by moving into the fun and safe Home 168 Manila community now. Home 168 Manila offers:
- More than 500 bed spaces for tenants
- Free mineral water
- Free electricity and water
- Free 100 Mbps WiFi
- Spacious outdoor amphitheater style work, study and charging station
- 24/7 Security with stationed Security Guards and 8-channel CCTV on all key areas of the dormitory compound
- Private lockers
- 2-Storey Bath Room Facility with 56 shower rooms, 48 toilet with bidet, 8 washing area and 8 Urinals
- Free Breakfast from Mondays to Fridays
- Free Cinema on Weekends

It can be really traffic in Manila during rush hour, especially in the Christmas season. “Manila dwellers spend the third longest average time in Asia; being stuck in traffic every day at 66 minutes,” as stated in an article at The Philippine Star.

Home 168 Manila also makes it easier for students to study; and employees to work in Manila. Reducing the need for them to go through the daily grind of commuting. Tenants may choose to unwind and relax at its unique outdoor yet roofed amphitheater.

Customers who have reserved prior to the opening dates, may now move in to their desired units. Not only that, but the first 50 people who book for 9 people, will be able to book an additional person free of charge.
About Home 168 Manila: is a 1332 sq. m project of NearHome Inc. in Malate, Manila. Established in December 18, 2017. Home 168 Manila wants to bring affordable accommodation and reliable services to the basic needs of employees and students.

Follow their social media accounts at https://www.facebook.com/manilahome168/ and http://www.home168manila.com. (PR)

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Mutya ng Palawan: Past and present.

Palawan beauties In the past  and present year is a celebration, having a title of being the most beautiful from the best island in the world is a prestige one can enjoy for a year, however it is not an assurance or ticket to stardom nor position in a highest office.

Mutya ng Palawan started in 1996 under the administration of the late Governor Salvador Socrates, at first it was not that spectacular, some don’t even remember having the said pageant until it boom in early 20’s. It became a pedestal to all young pageant aficionados from different 23 municipalities of the last frontier province.

From the likes of Lily Gatchalian, Grace Mendoza, Charina Cabading, Yolanda Caabay, Dennis Abacial and to the current Babes Baga, the Committee of of Mutya search Is still revolving and eager to produce empowered women from far flung areas of Palawan.

Among past issues surround Mutya ng Palawan is the involvement of the City Government, political rivalry between Hagedorn and Socrates affects candidates of the City, there are times the City didn’t send an official candidates. But what most intriguing about the candidates of Mutya is a fact that they are not legit a resident of any municipality, in the past they are just being supplied by talent scout to the local government unit to be their official candidate, like in the case of Kalayaan where locals is few in numbers, but this not apply to all because some LGU's still send a official candidate from their own locality.

There are times that the answers of finalist during question and answer portion is a joke of the town, they were ridiculed on how they perceive the questions and make it as their marked as a person, without understanding the pressure of being on stage during coronation night, and the fact that they come from less develop Municipality.

Top caliber designers of the country are also hired for the pageants, Renee Salud, John Cliff, Sonny Boy Mendo, Ivan Dela Cruz and members of Fashion Designers Association of the Philippines (FDAP) make their effort to bring their creations and grace the Palawan stage. International beauty title holders like past Miss Universe Gloria Diaz, political figures and artists of different genre is always a showcase in Mutya either as judge, performers or just a merely a guest. Maribel Buni is a noted host of mutya for many years along with celebrities from Manila, it became her trademark actually in the early years of Mutya.

Only one dethronement occur in Mutya history, its in 2002 when Liezl Sangalang of Puerto Princesa City had a unwanted pregnancy, her first runner up from San Vicente took over the crown. Two year in different time that Mutya is not held, in 1998 because it was election time, and in 2016 the current administration of Governor Jose Ch. Alvarez decided not to hold Baragatan festival, due to lack of preparation and a suppose plan of moving its date to October, but it didn’t push thru and they resume it on its original date a year later.

Actress Katrina Halili made her first public appearance as candidate in 2003 representing El Nido, she became a finalist and take home Texters Choice Award, and Janicel Lubina is so far the highest Palawan Queens who have reached a national title as Binibining Pilipinas-International 2015.  Mutya ng Palawan still remain as one of the highlights of Baragatan Festival every third week of June, in time for the province founding anniversary.

Cuyo, Narra, San Vicente and Brookes Point hold the records of having a years in the crown for three times, but it was only Brookes Point who had a back to back win in 2009 and 2010 respectively as of this writing.

As a tribute, I gave you the complete lists of Mutya ng Palawan winners, clips from Sipet-Sipet Espesyal in Bandillo ng Palawan, and some Facebook posts.  
1996- ELIZABETH BERMIE, TAYTAY
1997- MARY GRACE CHINEDO, NARRA.

1998- No Pageant 

1999- CHRSTINE GUILLEN, CUYO
2000- ANNA LIZEL OCAMPO, TAYTAY
2001- GEORLYN MASCARENAS, CORON
2002- PRINCESS JAMAICA NZEWIGBO, SAN VICENTE
2003- LORADEE GOMEZ, TAYTAY
2004- JONAVI RAESA QUIRAY, NARRA
2005- BEVERLY SAMSON, ARACELI
2006- NIKKA AMIEL DEDICATORIA, CUYO
2007- CHAYSEN CAPUNO, SAN VICENTE
2008- CRESTA FEYA MEDEZ, LINAPACAN
2009- JO ANN PERIA, BROOKES POINT
2010- LUIGI LAURON, BROOKES POINT
2011- SARAH OSORIO, KALAYAAN
2012- JANICEL LUBINA, NARRA

2013- CHRISTINE GLORIE BALBOA, SAN VICENTE
2014- MARY MARIEL DEDICATORIA, CUYO
2015- SHARLA SANTILLAN, BUSUANGA
2016- (No Pageant)

2017- RHEA SADANG, BROOKES POINT.
Special thanks to Thom Favila and Faviola “Nay Favz” Perez for some details, and photos from each winner via their Facebook accounts. 

Sunday, December 17, 2017

‘Leave a Legacy’ is CBTL’s 2018 planner.

Now on the 10th year of their Giving Journal, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® (CBTL) celebrates their journey of giving through the years with a central theme: Leave a Legacy.

CBTL dedicates the 10th year to its purpose – to empower each individual to live excellently and purposefully by living a life of service to others.

“The legacy we hope to leave behind at The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® is one that transforms lives and communities for the better,” CBTL said.

Inside the planner, it is not only dates, lines, and boxes but it also highlights CBTL Philippines’ corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs, its partnerships with various charitable organizations, and how the company empowers its team members.

“Those who partake in our holiday tradition by supporting our Giving Journal initiative are able to help live out the legacy of the Real LIFE Foundation, the direct beneficiary of the Giving Journal,” CBTL said in an Instagram post.

The planner also encourages everyone to give back to the community.

To make their 10th year even more special, CBTL’s 2018 lineup of Giving Journals comes with a customizable cover specially made for individuals who use art as a form of creative self-expression. Three other Giving Journals are available in colors of green, grey, and blue, with designs that reflect CBTL’s premium coffees and teas.
To avail of the Giving Journal, simply get your ticker card at the CBTL store near the main Mall entrance of SM City Puerto Princesa and complete it until January 14, 2018. The rest of the mechanics to avail of the planner are listed on the ticker card.

Whether it is for yourself or to somebody special, the 2018 Giving Journal will make a great gift. (PR)

Friday, December 15, 2017

Ang Larawan gets “A” from the Cinema Evaluation Board.

Ang Larawan Team.
“Ang Larawan,” the lone musical entry in this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival, has gotten a grade of “A” from the Cinema Evaluation Board (CEB).

 The musical written by National Artist for Theater Rolando Tinio and composed by Ryan Cayabyab is the only film this year wherein all CEB eleven members who previewed gave the highest grade. The CEB summation stated, “It is seldom and rare that the members of the Board give a unanimous A to a film.“

Based on the play A Portrait of the Artist as Filipino by National Artist for Literature Nick Joaquin, “Ang Larawan” tells of how financially troubled Marasigan sisters Candida and Paula hold on to their father’s masterpiece in spite of great interest and attractive offers from potential buyers.

West End star Joanna Ampil plays Candida while multi-awarded pop singer/host and entrepreneur Rachel Alejandro portrays Paula. Urian Best Actor Paulo Avelino takes the role of Tony Javier, the boarder who is persuading the sisters to sell the painting to an American buyer.

The rest of the cast features a stellar ensemble composed of OPM stalwarts Celeste Legaspi, Dulce, and Nanette Inventor; stage and film luminaries Robert Arevalo, Nonie Buencamino, Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo, Noel Trinidad, Jaime Fabregas, Leo Rialp and Bernardo Bernardo; and young stars Aicelle Santos, Cris Villonco, Cara Manglapus, Jojit Lorenzo and Rayver Cruz. OPM icons Ogie Alcasid and Zsa Zsa Padilla have very special roles.

 Culturtain Musicat Productions is the production outfit behind this film directed by Loy Arcenas.
 The CEB praised the various aspects of production with one member citing that the movie is “enthralling, captivating and beautifully helmed!” The board described the performances by the leads and supports as “excellent.” Another member reiterated that, “’Larawan’ is a brilliant, fabulous production with great acting and excellent technical elements.”

 As soon as CEB grade was released, the filmmakers took to social media to express their gratitude and joy. “Wow! What a blessing!” said Rachel Alejandro; while Celeste Legaspi declared, “Very proud!”  Joanna, who is touring as part of the international production of “Cats,” wrote on Facebook, “All the hard work is paying off.”

“Ang Larawan” is Joanna’s first starring role in a film and she began preparing for it way back in 2014.

 The CEB recognition is the latest of a string of accolades that “Ang Larawan” has been receiving ever since its world premiere at the Tokyo International Film Festival last October. Variety’s Richard Kuipers said, “This musical adaptation of a beloved Filipino play is a class act.” Local press and writers who have watched the film at an advanced preview are predicting “Ang Larawan” will be embraced by music-loving moviegoers and will be a strong contender for MMFF awards.

 The film has also gotten endorsements from the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), Senator Bam Aquino, Congresswoman Pia Cayetano, and Batangas Governor Hermilando Mandanas.

Noting that “Ang Larawan” is a period movie, not a formula film, and that the musical genre remains untested, the CEB commended Culturtain Musicat Productions for taking a risk. “So, kudos, congrats, and thanks to the brave, intrepid band of producers and their fearless funders for this film. May their tribe increase and may this movie reach as wide an audience as possible.” Furthermore, the CEB made a clear call to the moviegoers “to see this film and spread the good word: go out and see Filipino films!”

 For updates and information, check out anglarawan.com and facebook.com/AngLarawanTheMovi e/ (PR)