Jollibee Family Values Awards honors Five exemplary Pinoy families

Over a thousand of entries all over the country were received by Jollibee but only five was chosen to be given the award being the exemplary Pinoy families for the Jollibee Family Values Awards held at the Ballroom C,D,E of Crowne Plaza Hotel, Ortigas on September 28, 2011.

This was first announced last June and this is the first time that Jollibee will have this awards. This was culminated the two month-long nationwide search and was attended by Jollibee's top executives led by Jollibee Global president Ernesto Tanmantiong and Jollibee Philippines' Jose Minana.

This awards recognizes the values that these families influenced the Filipino communities. This is indeed a very special and very memorable night for all especially to the five chosen families. These five exemplary Filipino families possesses positive Filipino values - honesty, integrity, respect, unity, generosity, and of course love to one another.

Here are the list of winners for the 1st Jollibee Family Values Awards:

Depla Family (North Luzon)
· Ireneo (father) – company welder
· Flordeliza “Flor” (mother) – midwife
· Irvin Lenard (son, 17 years old)
· Irene Joy (daughter, 13 years old)
· Ivan Justine (son, 6 years old)

Flor Depla is a midwife who volunteers her services for free for expectant mothers who cannot afford to have their babies delivered in the hospital. She also conducts pre-natal seminars to help would-be mothers in their community.

In addition, Flor acts as a guarantor for women in her barangay who wants to put up their small businesses. Her strong commitment to be of service to others has inspired all the other members of the Depla household to also do their share and reach out to other people in their community. All family members are active in the different projects of their Barangay, such as volunteering to help during medical missions, and clean-up drives among others.

Mercado Family (Mega Manila)
· Emmanuel “Wawel” (father) – President, St. John’s Health Network
· Mila (mother) - housewife
· Mary Grace Therese (daughter, 15 years old)

The Mercado family’s story is a testament not just of a husband’s unconditional love for his wife but also of the whole family’s resolve to rise above adversity. t. In 1986, Mila Mercado suffered brain damage while giving birth, leaving her paralyzed and unable to speak. But with the family’s strong faith and love for one another, they were able to accept this challenge from God wholeheartedly and instead opted to become sources of inspiration and hope for other people.

The family regularly gives talks, recollections and retreats in church communities and schools. Through Mr. Mercado’s initiative in their daughter's
school, Multiple Intelligence, they were able to launch and sustain the Cambantoc Reforestation project/. The family is also involved in advocating the implementation of the accessibility law in the Philippines.

Francisco Family (South Luzon)
· Edonis (father) - businessman, psychologist
· Christine (mother) – businesswoman, life coach
· Denise Patriara (daughter, 17 years old)
· Denise Czarina (daughter, 15 years old)
· Denise Beatrice (daughter, 4 years old)

The Francisco family strongly believes in the saying that to whom much is given, much is expected. Blessed with a modest home, flourishing careers and three bright and wonderful children, Mr. and Mrs. Edonis and Christine Francisco have imparted to their children early on the value of sharing and reaching out to others in order to have more meaningful lives.

The whole family looks forward to the several outreach programs they spearhead in their hometown of Lucena City as one of their favorite bonding activities. The Francisco family started a feeding program for public school children in Gumaca, Quezon in 2009, which has grown to cover 43 sites in Lucena City. They conduct this program every 6 months, 3x a week and even go the extra effort to monitor the growth of the children that have benefitted from their feeding programs). The family also organizes medical missions and helps children with cleft palate in their surgery.

Suplido Family (Visayas)
· Ernesto (father) – professor at University of St. La Salle
· Ma. Remedios “Mardi” (mother) – NGO Manager
· Alexandra (daughter, 19 years old)
· Cesar Ernesto (son, 15 years old)
· Simon Pedro (son, 14 years old)
· Rosario Carmelina (daughter, 13 years old)

The Suplido family from Silay City strives to constantly nurture their deep faith in the Almighty while fostering love and peace not only in their home but also in their community. They support each other’s activities and take great pride in each other’s achievements. The love and support they share with one another extend beyond the corners of their home as as they aim to serve and willingly give a part of themselves to others.

Ernesto and Mardi facilitate and give talks to couples for the Christian Family Movement’s Discovery Weekend and Marriage Encounter. They also started a regular summer workshop called “Kids for Peace”, where all of their children speak and participate, and are also regular facilitators of the 7 Habits for Highly Effective Teens workshops.

Cartojano Family (Mindanao)
· Rey (father) – lawyer
· Marjorie (mother) – ACLC school director
· Rey Jr. (son, 18 years old)
· Thea Danielle (daughter, 16 years old)
· Hannah Katrina (daughter, 13 years old)
· Kiara Raye (daughter, 9 years old)

The Cartojano family are all active members of the Red Cross. Rey is a board member of the Gensan Red Cross chapter and assists in the legal and policy making of the organization. Maya was an active member of the Quezon City Red Cross and helped during rallies, disasters and national conventions. Meanwhile, Rey Jr and Thea are trained first-aiders and volunteers during disasters, bloodletting and other community service events.

The family also launched several websites and blogs to help promote General Santos, its many events and attractions as well as info and technology to the rest of the world (,,,, etc).

Thanks to Orange Magazine TV for the pictures.



Movie Review: No Other Woman

This is the synopsis:

Anne Curtis is Kara Zalderiaga, a young, beautiful carefree socialite who can and will get whatever she wants. She has had many boyfriends but has continuously been emotionally-detached to love. To Kara, life is all fun and in "love", no strings attached, But deep in her core, she has been longing not just to be desired and admired but likewise appreciated and truly loved.

Derek Ramsey is Ram Escaler, a charming, dedicated furniture salesman husband driven by his ambition to prove himself to the world. To Ram, being a good husband that can provide the best life to his family is a lifelong goal. He is obsessed with the idea of living out of the shadows of his father-in-law and away from the image of his estranged father.

Cristine Reyes is Charmaine Escaler, the beautiful "perfect" wife, calculating, prim and proper to a fault. Charmaine is concerned with image and takes her role as an ideal wife to heart. To Charmaine, she will let nothing and no one ruin the "perfection" she has created for her family.

How will these three lives change? How can the once carefree mistress become clingy to the only man who believed and appreciated her and destroy both her family's name and the family of the one she loves? How can an ideal husband be overcome by passion and commit the biggest mistake of his life? How can the "perfect" wife save her marriage and not become an appalling and monstrous version of herself? Amidst these tensions, scandals, confrontations and their emotions, the three would eventually learn a lesson that will change their lives forever.

My Review:

It's my first time to watch a first day-screening of a Filipino film and I was surprised that even if it's already 12:30am screening, the moviehouse was fully-occuied. I was with Rod Magaru, Flow Galindez and Jeman Villanueva on an unplanned movie trip to watch this "No Other Woman". Anyways, I was present during the presscon of this movie at Dolphy Theater (see the article here) last week.

I like the story because it's not that complicated. The cast is perfect. Lead roles in this movie - Anne Curtis, Cristine Reyes and Derek Ramsey fit in their roles as the other woman, the husband and the perfect wife respectively. I've never seen Cristine Ryes in a role like this - the domestic (perfect) housewife and for Anne Curtis, although I see a "Celine" like quality (from the teleserye "Maging Sino Ka Man" on ABS-CBN) in her character in this movie. There's something more to her character. The storyline seems simple, but I am sure that you will surely love the dialogues and the scenes most especially the confrontation scenes between the leads. The locations that they filmed the movie for is beautiful as well.

What I like most about this movie are the quotable quotes that you will surely remember. I don't know if you will agree with me guys, but I will arrange them according to the effect of those lines to me. Here they are:

1. "Dahil nga ang mundo ay isang malaking Quiapo - maraming isnatcher! Maaagawan ka! Lumaban ka!" - Carmi Martin

2. "I know the market because I am the market!" - Anne Curtis

3. "Panahon na para ipack-up mo ang Lucy Torres mo! Ilabas mo na 'yang si Gretchen Barreto mo!" - Carmi Martin

4. "Ahaha! Joke lang... Natakot ka ba? Sorry ha, medyo off ang humor ko lately." - Cristine Reyes

5. "Naku! Ganyan talaga kapag galing sa makakating dikya! Nagmamarka!" - Carmi Martin

This is a must watch movie! Imagine that it's already 12:30am up to 2:30am when we watched this movie but I never felt or thought of sleeping inside the movie house. And by the way, I already watched this movie for the second time. Worth it!

This is the trailer


A night of fun, enjoyment and friendship on the re-launch of Orange Magazine TV

Orange Magazine TV had its official re-launch last Saturday night (September 24, 2011) at Gweilos Bar, Mall of Asia, Pasay City. Orange Magazine TV started in July 2010 and this is the brainchild of Jessie Bunyi Villanueva, an avid magazine collector who previously worked as tabloid correspondent and as an Events, Media and Promotions Coordinator for a couple of print magazine publications.

It was attended by lots of bloggers all over the metro. It was a celebration for the success of the blog since it was launched a year ago and the announcement of it's very first print version this coming November 2011 (see the article here).

It was a night of fun, enjoyment and friendship for the bloggers who attended this event. Most of these bloggers were my first time to meet in person in this event and they were so nice and very welcoming.

Photos courtesy by

What I like the most in this gathering? More than foods, ex-links, and even give-aways, what I like more is that I feel like I really am inlove again! I am so happy to meet new people and new friends in this event.

This is the blog

These are the bloggers that I have met in a night that's full of fun, enjoyment and friendship:


Learn different recipes from the country's top chefs at SM Hypermarket's 'Master Chefs'

I have just met Chef Jonathan Chua, one of the country's well-known top chefs. Chef Jonathan Chua is a graduate of Dela Salle College of Saint Benilde having a degree of Bachelor of Science in Hotel Restaurant and Institutional Management; graduated Associate Degree for Culinary and Baking and Pastries at the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco, USA; and working as a Product Application Specialist for San Miguel Purefoods Culinary Center. He handles Recipe Development for accounts such as Magnolia Dairy, Purefoods, Magnolia Poultry and Monterey Meats.

Known as Chef Jon, he demonstrated and taught us on how to cook 4 different recipes on this session. Those are Star Ranchero Rice, Cheesy Hotdog and Fries Sandwich Overload, Peaches and Cream Caramel Triffle, and Chicken and Mushroom Baked Rice.

By the way, it's my first time to attend a cooking demo like this and I so much enjoyed the cooking demonstration with Chef Jon.

Star Ranchero Rice

1/2 kilo Purefoods Star Hotdog (cut into small cubes)
1/4 cup olive oil
1 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup green bell pepper (seeded and chopped)
2 tsbp cilantro (chopped)
1 pc siling labuyo
1 cup long grain white rice
2 1/2 cup beef broth
1/2 cup pizza sauce sweet style
1/2 tsp chilli powder
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tbsp paprika
Salt and pepper to taste 3 pc eggs

1. Place oil in a standard rice cooker
2. Heat oil and saute onions, bell pepper and tomatoes
3. Cook slightly.
4. Add hotdog, rice and cilantro
5. Add siling labuyo, and beef broth and mix very well
6. Cover and allow to cook
7. When done, season with salt and pepper
8. Transfer rice into an oven proof baking dish
9. Crack eggs over rice then broil in oven or turbo broiler until eggs are cooked
10. Serve hot. Serves 3-4.

Cheesy Hotdog and Fries Sandwich Overload

6pc hotdog buns
6pc Purefoods Tender Juicy Hotdog (Kingsize), pan fried or steamed
1cup Magnolia Cheezee Spread (in squeeze bottle)
300gm store-bought frozen crosscut fries, fried to a crisp
2tbsp store-bought cheese powder
200gm Purefoods Honeycured Bacon, chopped and fried

1. Sandwich hotdogs in buns then drizzle with Cheezee Spread
2. Toss fries with cheese powder until well
3. Coated then top over sandwich
4. Sprinkle chopped bacon over fries
5. Serve. Makes 6 sandwiches

Chicken and Mushroom Baked Rice

2cups Magnolia Nutri-oil
9pc Magnolia Chicken Station Chicken Fingers (Vanilla)
3cups cooked rice
1can condensed cream of mushroom
1cup of Magnolia Quickmelt Cheese, grated

1. Deep fry chicken fingers in hot oil until it became color golden brown
2. Drain oil on paper towels
3. Top fried chicken fingers on top of rice then pour over condensed cream of mushroom over the chicken
4. Top with grated cheese then bake until cheese melts and browns slightly
5. Serves 3-4.

Peaches and Cream Caramel Triffle

6pc store bought or prepared chiffon or sponge cake
2pack Magnolia All Purpose Cream (chilled)
2cups sugar
1/2cup water
1pack Magnolia All Purpose Cream
1/4cup Dairy Cream Classic Margarine
1can sliced peaches (rederve few slices for garnish), drained
1/2cup store-bought toasted nuts, sliced

1. Whip Magnolia All Purpose Cream until stiff peak and chill until ready to use
2. To make caramel: Combine sugar and water in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat until sugar is cooked and has turned amber in color.
3. Quickly pour cream and stir vigorously
4. Cook for another 2 minutes. Remove from heat the add margarine. Set aside to cool.
To assemble:
1. Divide the cake into two slices horizontally
2. Place a layer of cake on the bottom of a triffle bowl
3. Spread caramel over the cake then top with whipped cream and slices of peaches.
4. Repeat the process to the second layer.
5. Lastly, frost and pipe rosettes on top of the cake with the remaining cream.
6. Garnish with nuts and peaches.
7. Serves 8-10.


You'll never know...

It's been 5 years since I started blogging. And in those five long years, I have encountered so many problems here in blogging and even became friends with some bloggers. Some stayed... But most are gone in blogosphere. I don't know why, but maybe, they found themselves happy out of the blogosphere.

I never imagined myself to be a blogger for a long time. I just started blogging for the purpose of promoting my beloved town and show the world that there exist a town where my heart is. Then became a personal blogger since I write almost all of the things I am doing everyday.

Today, I have 5 active blogs of different categories - entertainment, nursing/medical, travel, indie movies and this personal blog. Maybe, this is the peak of my addiction to blogging since almost everyday, all of the things I want to say will be written and will be published in these blogs.

I have lots of time that I have hiatus over my blogs. I don't know. It's just sometimes, eventhough that there are already inputs in my mind, I have no driving force to write it or even publish it.

You'll never know what will happen next. But for now, I am enjoying myself being here in the blogosphere. :) Happy blogging everyone!



Let's talk about shoes...

Your shoes and lso the things around you really reflects yourself most of the time. It's not just because it's what you want to wear but also because it fits your personality.

When it comes to shoes, you have to consider so many things. Of course, it would be so nice to have a very comfortable shoes and fashionable at the same time. But it's better if the shoes is easy to switch, mix and match with the other clothes.

I have seen lots of shoes and I can say that most of the fashionable shoes that I wore before was not that comfortable. Of course, I want an attractive shoes and at the same time, comfortable.

Here are some of my criteria in picking shoes:
1. Cost (because I don't have lots of money to buy some expensive shoes)
2. Comfortable to wear
3. Quality
4. Fashionable
5. Easy to switch, mix and match with my other clothes
6. The color (my favorite color is green)
7. Brand
8. Type of footware, style...

I was able to attend a mini event for bloggers organized by the Complex Lifestyle StoreComplex Lifestyle Store offers the best merchandise and ideas from a wide array of brands from footwear and apparel to accessories and integrate them into a single unique experience. (see the article here)

It's easy to pick shoes you really like. It's just like picking new pants, shirts or anything you are wearing. I have seen lots of shoes in this store but this one stands out among others.

This is the 0768101 Mako 2-Eye model
of Sperry Top Sider Shoes

By the way, I don't have any dream shoes. For me, choosing the best pair of shoes is like finding your destiny. You gotta be patient lookng around. Right?!

Thanks for those people I have met in this event. They're so great!

More pictures of this event here


A Night to Remember : Divas Go Beyond Limits

Three of GMA Artist Center (GMAAC)’s musical artists took the centerstage last night in a show billed Beyond Limits at the Music Museum.

Jonalyn Viray, the first ever Pinoy Pop Superstar’s grand champion; Frencheska Farr, Are You The Next Big Star’s title holder; and YouTube sensation Julie Anne San Jose come together for a night of musical artistry.

Jonalyn Viray

Frencheska Farr

Julie Anne San Jose

Over 725 people witnessed their beyond limits dance moves and powerful voices. These three ladies showed their beyond limits production numbers which wowed the audience.

Joining them are the energetic boys of G-Force. It's my very first time to watch them live and I was amazed with their dancing skills. They have already their trademark dance steps which moved me much.

It's also nice to know that this concert trended from the start of the show until 3 hours after the show. Beyond Limits is such a phenomenal concert that everyone would want to have a repeat!

I also love their rapport knowing that these girls are good friends.

I haven't seen these prods in the concert in any Party Pilipinas episode. I hope, staff of Party Pilipinas was there to see them in this beyond limits performances for them to know that these girls can really rock stage with these kind of performances. They showed truly amazing and one-of-a-kind performances in this concert.

Beyond Limits is presented by Creative Media Entertainment
Musical Director: Soc Mina
Stage Director: Ernie Duque
Lighting Director: Joey Nombres

I have seen stars like Jay Perillo, Sheree, Bryan Termulo, Bianca King, Gian Magdangal, Chynna Ortaleza, Ynna Assistio and DownToMars (group) wathing this concert. It's nice to see them in the concert showing their support to their fellow GMA Artists/Party Pilipinas artists.

Beyond Limits is simply the best. These three lovely and talented ladies proved that they can captivate the audience with their voice and dance prowess... Kudos to those people behind this very humble concert to remember. These three girls are truly world class and talented young divas of today's generation. This really deserves a repeat but next time, on a bigger venue. Right?!

These are what people said after the concert:

Rod Kevin Rivamonte: Well, Beyond Limits met my expectations. They really did a great job! Jonalyn, Julie and French showed us that they can really sing, dance and rap! Favorite ko 'yung version ni Jona ng Mc Arthur Park which is arranged by Ms. Sushi Reyes. Galing! Yakang-yaka! Si French naman ay kitang-kita ang energy niya sa performances niya which is really great. Julie, weel I really adore this girl, she did more on pop songs and I liked it much. Overall, t'was realy a good show - ganda ng songs, phasing, production value, and kudos also to G-Force dancers.

Karen Mariel Ifurung: I had so much fun at Music Museum. Kung pwede nga lang, I don't want the c0ncert to end. Nakakabitin! Jona, Maqui & Julie gave their all. Beyond their limits performance talaga. Kudos to the three awesome ladies! Hoping for BEYOND LIMITS THE REPEAT!

May Marquez: IMBA!!! Sobrang gagaling! :) Dapat lang manghinayang ang mga hindi nakapanuod dahil hindi pangkaraniwang Jonalyn, Julie at Frencheska ang nakita namin!! :) I've been watching Party Pilipinas at iba ang performances nila sa Party Pilipinas kaysa sa concert! Siguro dahil sa concert, may opportunity sila to shine unlike sa Party P na may mga prods nga pero hindi naman SOLO or kung minsan parang hindi pinag-isipan. Sorry to say but this is true. Anyway, no time for bashing. Hahahahahha! :D Basta GMA should really give all their support and they should look deep into these ladies because of their talents, their INTENSITY and because THEY CAN BRING THE HOUSE DOWN!!! :D KAYA LET'S REQUEST FOR PART 2!!! :D

Edwin Rey: Nilampasan nila ung expectation ko sa concert na to. I'm a big fan of this three ladies. I know their role and style when in comes to ENTERTAINMENT. Sa TITLE palang ng concert BEYOND LIMITS, talangang beyond their limits ang ginawa nila. VERY ENTERTAINING. This concert deserves a REPEAT or PART 2. BOW DOWN. KUDOS.

Ohdie A. Poblete: We were there and we witnessed different sides of these three wonderful ladies. they have given their own time to shine, sa totoo lang mas makikita mo ung husay nila and versartility nila in terms of singing, dancing and hosting! Ms. Jonalyn Viray's rendition of MacArthur's Park is very powerful - a standing ovation number! Kaya talagang mahaba at maingay na palakpakan and sigawan from the audience.... Over all, that was a very very great show sulit na sulit ung VIP seats! di mo panghihinayangan ang mga ganitong klaseng concert! wooowwww Julie's Fans - ang dami : ) galing nila tatlo kakaloka ang mga outfits and steps shempre GForce : ) ang galing ng arrangement ng mga songs nila from solo to duet to trio : ) PANALO PALUNG PALO!!!!!!! A ROUND OF APPLAUSE TO THESE THREE YOUNG DIVAS!!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!! : )

Photo credits to Direk Marlon Hermosura



Make it better September!

Now is September 1! Today is the start of the month. Let's start the month with good vibes!
Be more positive. September is the start of "ber" months. It only means that Christmas season is also drawing near.

Start believing that things are going to change for the better. Not because you deserve it,
but simply because God loves you that much.

This is my note to self: Stay positive! Because negativity will only make you feel bad, and if you think you'll lose... you will. So chin up, smile on your face, and show the world you can do anything. Make your anger very expensive so that nobody could afford.

God bless everyone! Have a great September month!