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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

The NOVUHAIR Holiday bash promo.

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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.

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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, Taytay 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.
2018- REYNA MICHELLE RUHEN, ABORLAN
MUTYA NG PALAWAN 2018 WINNERS.
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)

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Perfect Christmas gift is REP’s 81st season tickets.

‘Tis the season of sharing. Surprise family and friends with the unique gift of an unforgettable theater experience! Getting them REP’s 2018 Season Pass for Repertory Philippines’ 81st Season not only lets them enjoy your gift all-year round but eases some of the stress that holiday shopping brings.

Live Theater is for everyone after all, so give this amazing gift to a loved one and immerse them in REP’s new lineup of inspiring shows. The season kicks-off with with a hilarious comedy about a colorful crew of musicians called Comedy of Tenors running from January 26 to February 18, followed by the groundbreaking true story of female astronomers in Silent Sky from March 2 to 25.
Then from April 6 to 29, laugh yourselves out of your seats as you watch Arsenic and Old Lace, a classic popularized through a film-adaptation starring Cary Grant. REP Theater for Young Audiences also returns from September 15 to January 27, 2019 with a magical retelling of Rapunzel.
Where else will you get such a great deal enjoying the finest live theatrical productions in Manila? Give the special people in your life a one-year subscription to all four wonderful productions by giving them either a Gold season ticket (Orchestra Center) for ONLY P3,700 or a Silver season ticket (Orchestra Side) for P3,000. A season subscription for the first three productions is just as fantastic, with a Gold season subscription ticket (Orchestra Center) for P3,200 and a Silver season subscription ticket (Orchestra Side) for P2,500. This offer is discounted 30% off regular ticket prices.
Who wouldn’t want a golden – or even silver – ticket this Christmas? Put this unique gift on your list and give someone the chance to experience live professional theater performed by the premiere theater company in the Philippines – REP.

For inquiries, you may call REP at 843.3570, and Ticketworld at 891.999 or log on to www.ticketworld.com.ph.  

For updates and show schedules, log on to www.repertoryphilippines.ph, like and follow repertoryphilippines on Facebook and Instagram, and follow @repphils on Twitter. (PR)

Monday, December 11, 2017

Miss Puerto Princesa then and now.

Batongbakal, Donesa and Rey pose for Sipet-Sipet Espesyal anniversary issue.
The City in a forest or the City of Living God, whatever they call it is also a home of beauties that for many years is a celebration of unity, proving everyone that pageants is the most essential event  that everyone can look up to, it’s a life changing thing for anyone who will win the crown.

The search for Miss Puerto Princesa started in the last term of former Mayor Feliberto Oliveros, his wife the energetic Rafaelita Oliveros head the early years of this first ever City wide pageant, it is the most talked happening in the City every March 4, the City’s founding anniversary. Choosing the most beautiful girl of the land with visitors from national political scene, to fashion and showbiz graced the coronation making it prestigious, regal and sophisticated. It is also a showcase of local talents, from dancers to hosts, choreographers and Directors.
Some of country’s top notch designers were commission in the past to dress the ladies of Puerto, from the likes of Mama Renee Salud, Eddie Baddeo and the very own homegrown designer Tammy Tan. Miss Puerto Princesa is identified to the former City first lady Ellen Marcelo-Hagedorn, as she Chair the committee of this pageant for many-many years. Mendoza Park is the official venue of the search until it move to City Coliseum in 2003.

As generations pass on, people like Gina Tan, Amy Lustre, Cynthia Aragona, Gigi Lumauag, Lynette Francisco, Vicky De Guzman, the late Connie Aban, Lily Gathchalian, Jinkee Pineyra and the current official daughter of the City Raine Bayron headed this search to continue the legacy, of finding the most confident and beautiful Puerto Princesans.

As per history, three times dethronement happenned in Miss Puerto Princesa, first in 1996 when Mayee Mayor unable to fulfill her duties due to unwanted pregnancy, same thing happen in 2002 when Liezl Sangalang need to pass the crown to Lourdes Camahort, and in 2010 Shecil Bagaporo unable to perform her duties due to residency issue, to which she join Miss Mandaluyong pageant in the same year, crown was pass to Blessy Isabel Coco.

Here is the tribute of Palawanderer to all the Queens of the City, clips from my column in Bandillo ng Palawan and some grab from Facebook posts, I present you the complete list of past winners. 
1990- CYNTHIA SUMAGAYSAY
1991- GEMMA BATONGBAKAL
1992- LANI ESCAMILLA
1993- HELEN DONESA
1994- ARMI POLICARPIO
1995- SHARON ADARNE 
1996- JOHANN DIANA PRINCESS AZARRAGA
1997- MARIAN CACHO
1998- JOCELLE MASCARINAS
1999- VALERIE ANN REYES
2000- HERYL GRACE FENIS
2001- IRENE REY
2002- MA. LOURDES CAMAHORT
2003- KECHE ANN CUARIO
2004- MILDRED HAMID
2005- NIKKA AMIEL DEDICATORIA
2006- JOHANNA MARIE MENDOZA
2007- CRESTA FEYA MEDES
2008- MARY REYNOSO
2009- THOREEN HALVORSEN
2010 – BLESSY ISABEL COCO
2011- MA. ANGELI HILAO
2012- RITA JEAN SARMIENTO
2013 – BEVERLY JOYCE BLANCO
2014- REJHINE DIAZ
2015- SANDRINE STOELZAED
2016- IMELDA SCHWEIGHART
2017- MARY ABBYGAIL JANE TINAY
2018- ANGELICA LOPEZ
Special thanks to Cynthia Sumagaysay, Armi Policarpio, Ruth Rodriguez, Robert Gonzales, Thom Favila and Team JAMP for the photos.