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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Philam Paaralan provides new facilities at Severo High School

Severo High School Grade 10 students experience the comfort of the new facilities provided by the Philam Paaralan classrooms.

Barangay Burabod is a secluded area located at the foot of Mt. Isarog in Calabanga, Camarines Sur. Because of its remoteness and distance from the urban areas of the municipality, students in Barangay Burabod had to hike 5 kilometers to be able to reach the nearest school.

Upon visiting the area a few years ago, former Camarines Sur Representative and now Vice President Leni Robredo had a chance to speak with Burabod’s Barangay Captain Roberto C. Cabaltera. They looked for possible ways to bring education closer to students and put up a secondary school in the location. After enlisting the support of various LGUs and government agencies, Severo High School in Burabod – named after Eduardo A. Severo, who generously donated a one-hectare lot – finally opened its doors to 123 enrollees last June 2014.

As fate would have it, Typhoon Glenda hit the Philippines that same year, and devastated areas of Camarines Sur. Severo High School was severely damaged, leaving its teachers, students and entire community in dire need to repair its classrooms with the hope to make it far sturdier than the original construction.

Not known to the people of Brgy. Burabod, events were already unfolding to address their need. Philam Foundation was coordinating with the Department of Education in identifying areas that were most in need of new classrooms under its “Philam Paaralan” program. Its goal was to build classrooms in calamity-stricken and under-served communities. When Robredo explained the situation of Severo High School to Philam Foundation President Max Ventura, construction plans began to unfold.

Apart from rehabilitation work that needed to be done, Philam Foundation successfully built two new Philam Paaralan classrooms for Severo Highschool, in partnership with the Happy Hearts Fund.

“The act of physically building an educational structure is such a metaphor for deeper, more profound things,” explained Ventura. “Ultimately, we are building the knowledge of our youth and securing their future. Philam Foundation is thankful to all our partners and everyone who made it possible,” he added.

The new Philam Paaralan classrooms can accommodate approximately 100 students. “We were intentional in the way we designed these classrooms, taking into consideration the risk of calamities,” Ventura pointed out. “These classrooms are typhoon-proof and built using the latest steel frame technology. Students of Severo High school can now concentrate on their lessons and academic work with no need to worry when the rains come.”

“Aside from having typhoon-resilient structures, our classrooms are fully-furnished with water sanitation and hygiene facilities that will promote cleanliness and healthy living among students,” Ventura concluded.

Established in 1997 to commemorate Philam Life's 50th Golden Anniversary, Philam Foundation, Inc. is the social development arm of the Philam Group of Companies. It is a non-stock, non-profit organization committed to serve the less privileged in society. To learn more about the Philam Foundation, visit

Philam Foundation partners with VP Leni Robredo for Philam Paaralan

Proximity to a school is a factor that hinders Filipino children in far-flung areas from acquiring and pursuing the education that they dream of.

Such is the case for the youth in the remote community of Barangay Burabod, Camarines Sur, where students had to walk for approximately 5 kilometers in order to reach the nearest high school establishment.  Some students even had to pass by an unstable rope bridge just to get to school.

To address this problem, Philam Foundation responded to the request made by then Camarines Sur Congresswoman and now Vice President Leni Robredo to build two new classrooms in the said Barangay.

The classrooms were showcased during the recently concluded classroom turnover at the Severo High School.

Thanks to the help of Philam Foundation, Vice President Leni Robredo, and the local government, the students, as well as their parents, now have a renewed sense of hope of reaching their dreams as they continue their educational journey aided by their new classrooms.

The Philam Paaralan classrooms that can accommodate 100 students, are fully-furnished, well-lit, ventilated, and complete with restrooms and water sanitation and hygiene (WASH) facilities.  They are calamity-resilient and can withstand up to 300kph of typhoon strength.

Philam Paaralan is Philam Foundation’s flagship program, which aims to build classrooms in calamity-stricken and underserved communities around the country in partnership with the Department of Education. From its original target of building 65 classrooms in five years, Philam Paaralan is set to complete 121 classrooms, almost double its target in just four years

In photo:  Philam Life Chief Executive Officer Ariel Cantos shaking hands with the Republic of the Philippines Vice President and Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDDC) Chairman Leni Robredo, with the Philam Foundation President Max Ventura

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Shangri-La Plaza celebrates its 25th year with "A Heart for Health Beauty Fair"

Almost everyone today practice a lifestyle of holistic wellness which aims to reward with more energy and enhanced health and fitness in one's self.  Its a good thing that Shangri-La Plaza collaborates with the brands that contributes to choose and live a quality life.

Shangri-La Plaza celebrates its 25th year with another fun-filled fair. A Heart for Health Beauty and Wellness Fair is showcasing the best of beauty and wellness brands at the East Atrium. The fair starts on August 18 to 21.

The Shang, a go-to for exciting events and activities, is promoting a holistic approach to healthy living. Ensuring that beauty stems from a happy and healthy soul, the four-day beauty and wellness fair is targeted to rejuvenate the mind, body, and spirit through the five senses.

In today’s busy and fast paced world, it’s easy to put your health in the backseat. But it seems, with organic restaurants popping up everywhere and several niche workout studios increasing in popularity, there’s a growing consciousness about health and wellness. Recognizing the need and importance of a healthy mind, body, and soul, Shangri-La Plaza is bringing you the tools and tips for overall wellness.

Be prepared to touch, taste, smell, see, and hear your way through product selling and sampling, aromatherapy workshops, and healthy food demos, all encompassed in a zen indoor garden setup complimented by live music.

The A Heart for Health Beauty and Wellness Fair will host brands such as Beauty Bar, Belo Medical Center, The Body Shop, Botanifique, Bowmanbear Barber Shop, Certified Calm, Crabtree & Evelyn, Detoxify Bar, Headzone, Healthy Options, JNA Dance & Fitness Center, Nail Spa, Rustan’s Department Store, and Scents & Sensibilities; and soon to open stores Ride Revolution and Skin 101. Mall guests can find great deals and promotions from their favorite beauty and wellness brands. 

Mall guests can also enjoy more than just products from the fair. To enhance the experience and awareness for overall wellness, workshops, workouts, and talks to go along with shopping will be available during the four-day event.

Learn new moves and get into the groove of staying fit as you learn about the trendy workout of indoor cycling, and bust out the steps during piloxing, Zumba, and hip-hop classes. Pick up a new hobby to relieve stress like soy candle-making, learn more about proper nutrition, and find out about how to properly care for your skin with the top skincare tips of all time. The fair is a must for anyone looking into making healthier lifestyle changes.

Take home beauty buys, nutritious food, health hacks, skincare tips, and more from A Heart for Health Beauty and Wellness Fair at the Shang.

For inquiries, call 370-2597/98 or visit Follow the Shang on Instagram: @shangrilaplazaofficial.

Comfort food goodness at its best at Beeffalo by Hotrocks

Simple. Comfortable. Delicious.

WARNING: Dining at Beeffalo’s will RUIN your diet.

There I said it, but it’s a mistake that you will never end up regretting.

Of all the events I get invited to I try to shy away from food events the most. Now don’t get me wrong, I love to eat and try out incredible new dishes, unique cuisine and get first dibs on the newly opened restaurants in the city.

Yes I know, that’s what cheat days are for, but with all those invites, those cheat days often get extended and before you know it, you end up gaining more than you lose. And when you reach a certain age, it feels like every extra slice of pizza, cut of steak, or even an extra cup of rice goes directly to my waist or thigh!

Most recently I’ve had the privilege to be invited to some awesome new bar/restos to try out the new menu of Draft get crazy on wings at Buffallo Wild wings and meet the famous Salvatore Cuomo himself,

I’ve also traveled all the way to Antipolo to try out one of its best kept secrets. Well you don’t actually need a secret code to get in, but its also not the most accessible and easy to find. It’s right across Antipolo Doctors Hospital, if you are familiar with the place but even then you wont find a ginormous signboard to call your attention.

At first glance, Beeffalo by Hotrocks doesn’t look as glitzy as those other restaurants, but as soon as you enter their doors you’ll be taken to a diner that would remind you of those American stops you often see in the movies. And if you are a sucker for vintage stuff, you’d love the collection of antique items and decors adoring the walls of the place.

Theres a certain randomness that breathes   character to the restaurant, giving it a charming vibe borne out of a mélange of modern and vintage, of classic and casual. According to the owner, the stuff comes from their guests who donate their old pieces.

“We are now a destination for couples, families, groups and office workers who are in search of delicious yet affordable comfort food  in a homey and  airy ambience,” Louie enthused.

Beeffalo also stands for the flavorful beef and meat dishes that are the restaurant’s specialties. Peruse the menu and you’ll see the house specialty, Baby Back Ribs. The meat is ‘literally falling apart’ because it is so tender.  It is basted with Beeffalo’s signature barbeque sauce, grilled perfectly until that smokey goodness and fall-off-the-bone goodness are achieved. Tasty Java rice completes an order.

Baby Back Ribs

Beeffalo also serves steaks that people loved at the former Hot Rocks restaurants in Pasig and Libis. Simply seasoned with salt and pepper, they are grilled the right way that makes all the difference, showcasing the meat’s natural flavor, enough to please even the most discerning steak enthusiasts. Top on the list are the widely popular large-cut Porterhouse and T-bone
steaks served with fresh vegetable salad and creamy mashed potatoes made  from scratch.

Porterhouse and T-bone

There is an array of other comfort food to choose from. Feed your chicken craving with their equally famous Beeffalo Wings with Blue Cheese Dip. Choose the sweet dressing with it or opt for the hot and spicy. Either way, you will enjoy wings in their lip-smacking goodness.

Other meat dishes include the Grilled Chicken BBQ, Pork Barbeque, the Barbeque Platter (a medley of Isaw, Tenga, and Bulaklak), Grilled Blue Marlin  and a lot more.

Barbeque Platter

More homemade, comfort food goodness

They may be known for their grilled meat dishes, but there are  more to savor at Beeffalo.
Start with Beeffalo’s Roasted Pumpkin or Broccoli Cheese Soups, thick and rich numbers to whet the appetite. Then, have the the Taco BBQ Salad, a medley of nacho chips, cheese, ground beef, atop a mound of greens swathed in cheese sauce, salsa and vinaigrette dressing.

Have that pizza! It’s not your usual thick or deep dish ones. The Margherita and Three Cheese Biscuit Pizzas—topped with the choice tomatoes, cheeses, and full-flavored herbs—are extremely thin-crusted that every bite gives out that yummy crunch.

They also have rice-worthy mains including their special Sizzling Beef Ribs in Tamarind Gravy, the classic Filipino Sinigang cooked and served the Beeffalo way. Other must-try dishes include the Beeffalo Burger (with slivers of crispy bacon, served with vegetable toppings and fries as sides) and Garlic Shrimp Pasta (creamy linguine topped with garlic shrimps).

Sizzling Beef Ribs in Tamarind Gravy

It is good to wash all these flavors down with their original Cucumber-Lemonade drink. Beeffalo also offers decadent desserts such as their version of Brazos de Mercedes, Turtle Pie, Crème Brulee, the cool and marshmallow-laden Jar of Monkeys.

Brazos de Mercedes

Note that almost everything is made from scratch, from the sauces, dips and sides to the pizza dough. “We are very particular about what we serve, we include a certain dish only if it passes our personal standards. Everything is made with a lot of love,” Louie said.

 And while your typical steakhouses boast of clean modern lines with dark and woodsy interior, Beeffalo in Antipolo City is well-lit and pulsating with bright, vibrant colors. Louie said that they originally wanted a roadhouse that serves inexpensive beef dishes but later realized that they have become more than that.

Beeffalo by Hot Rocks is a family restaurant owned and managed by husband and wife Louie and Girlie Abad and their partner and good friend Caren Diaz. Its maiden branch is located  in Marikina City.  A new Beeffalo store recently opened its doors right at the heart of M.L. Quezon Avenue in Antipolo City, a culinary gem that is waiting to be discovered.

Beeffalo by Hot Rocks Antipolo address is M.L. Quezon Ext. Antipolo City across Antipolo Doctors Hospital. Operating hours are Fridays and Saturdays  (11am to 12mn); Sundays to Thursdays (11am to 11 pm). For inquiries, call     534-1160

 Beeffalo by Hot Rocks Marikina City address is   Mayor Gil Fernando Avenue, Marikina City.  Operating hours are Fridays and Saturdays  (11am to 12mn); Sundays to Thursdays (11am to 11 pm). For inquiries, call 0939113077.

The secret is out #NobodyLikeJames Reid is the New Century Tuna Ambassador

Its no secret that James Reid is the Number 1 matinee idol nowadays, and he is one of the reason why I gained hundreds of followers in my IG account @jlougar. One post of #TeamReal #Jadine (with Nadine Lustre) would gained 500 likes in just an hour. I owed this celebrity couple a lot, and I am a fan.

At last! That large, intriguing billboard on EDSA that kept everyone guessing—and has set the internet and social media abuzz as to who the hunk with those luscious lips behind it actually is—has finally been revealed!

Yes, James Reid is the latest endorser of Century Tuna featured in a traffic-stopping EDSA billboard and a sizzling new television commercial, now airing, that teasingly highlights his totally hot and chiseled bod.  Actually, the TVC and billboard is part of an all-new advertising campaign created around the idea of transformation and metamorphosis, where James proudly joins the illustrious company of Anne Curtis and Derek Ramsay. You can watch the new TVC here:

And why James Reid? Well, it’s pretty evident that from the time he entered showbiz six years ago through the Pinoy Big Brother Teen Clash to the present, he’s really been able to transform himself—in terms of his private life, career and of course his physique!

While others would probably turn complacent and simply rest on their achievements, James continues to further himself and his craft. He’s clearly more self-confident now and has since shed his timid persona and his lanky build. He hits the gym regularly, where weightlifting is his preferred workout, and maintains a balanced diet consisting of good carbs, no rice, and, of course, Century Tuna.

It’s no secret that James has had a string of box-office hits to his name (Diary ng Panget and Talk Back and You’re Dead), a much-watched teleserye (On The Wings of Love, which enjoyed top ratings during its run), a highly popular loveteam in JaDine, plus a Platinum album to boot and a new teleserye Till I Met You, all while keeping his feet firmly on the ground. So what’s not to love about him?

Together with this new ad campaign for Century Tuna, we can surely look forward to seeing James in other exciting events and appearances in the coming days.

Friday, August 19, 2016


Designed for the Chuck Taylor lover who can’t give up their Chucks no matter what the weather, the new Converse Chuck Taylor All Star II Shield Canvas sneaker combines the enhanced comfort of a Lunarlon sockliner, non-slip padded tongue and micro-suede lining with materials that can also withstand most climate challenges.

Converse has added a water repellent Shield Canvas and a gusseted tongue, as well as removing the medial eyelets to make a durable sneaker that is ready for wet and rainy adventures. The sneakers also feature reflective heel webbing and barrel laces for added visibility in low light environments.

Chuck Taylor All Star II Shield Canvas

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star II Shield Canvas is now available in black and white colors in Converse stores nationwide for only Php 4,550.

Visit and for more sneaker designs and style! Converse, ready for more! #CounterClimate #ReadyForMore

PH Harvest boasts of local wines, organic, and artisanal products at Central Square

PHILIPPINE HARVEST AT CENTRAL SQUARE was launched on August 19 at Central Square. No other than Department of Agriculture Chief Manny Pinol graced the event together with SSI CEO Antonio Huang and media.

A repeat of the highly successful PHILIPPINE HARVEST AT CENTRAL SQUARE held last May will take place this coming 19th to 21st of August 2016.  Once again, the Department of Agriculture in partnership with SSI Group, Inc. celebrates and promotes the richness of Philippine agriculture through a wide range of exhibitors who will present and sell their Agricultural Food products at Central Square in Bonifacio High Street. The event brings light to the opulence of our Country’s organic, heirloom, and other indigenous rice and grains varieties. Further, the food range has been expanded to include and highlight Philippine Spirits, a wide variety of local wines and liqueurs made from tropical fruits, honey, and rice.

Aside from our highlighted local wines and liqueurs, the Department of Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol requested the presence of some of our organic rice farmers who will showcase our local indigenous grains from various parts of our country. As what the Secretary assured during his farmers’ visit regarding his help in marketing of heirloom rice, local wines, and other agricultural food varieties,“The Philippines has great potentials for the production of wines, spirits, and liqueurs. The Administration of President Duterte fully supports the endeavour. With this, I will be your number one salesman in offering local produce.”

The three-day agri food fair is an avenue where the public can buy, bring home and appreciate organic, artisanal, natural and indigenous products that are native to our country. The fair will be located at the lower and upper ground floors of Central Square in Bonifacio High Street Central and will be open to the public during mall hours.

Address: 5th Avenue cor. 30th St., Bonifacio High Street Central, BGC Taguig
Mall Hours: 11am-10pm, Sunday - Thursday
                11am-11pm, Friday - Saturday
Trunkline: 9585660
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