Stay curious with Lee®

Lee launches newest innovative product lines for Holiday 2013 – Lee® Stretch Deluxe and Lee® Blue Label

It was a rainy afternoon and I can't imagine how I was able to catch the launch of Lee's denim campaign 'Stay Curious.' Straight from the office, I saw some familiar faces on the event and most of them are new since I'm not into fashion events and most of my events, if not food, entertainment - TV, music, movies, etc.

Anyways, the legendary and pioneering denim brand Lee® recognizes the power of curiosity, and to celebrate the 100th year anniversary of its iconic Union-Alls, and the exclusive preview of two of its newest innovative product lines for Holiday 2013 – Lee® Stretch Deluxe and Blue Label at the Lee® Concept store, in Glorietta 2, Lee® introduces five highly accomplished individuals, multi-hyphenates who best exemplify how curiosity leads to success – not just in one but in two or more fields.

Based on my personal experience, I find some jeans uncomfortable because they don't stretch easily therefore it restricts my movements and I also find them irritate my legs because of the seems being pushed against my skin. With Lee®'s promises in their newest innovative product lines, I think it's time for me to stay curious and try these newest products! Curiosity is a quality that is often associated with danger and mischief. But it is also a valuable skill that propels innovation, initiates breakthroughs and urges a person to keep on pushing and exploring, and in the process, discover new ideas, forge new paths.

Promising to deliver superior fit and comfort, Lee® Stretch Deluxe jeans has built a strong following amongst the denim loving set. The strong core offering of fits include popular styles such as Scarlett (Skinny), Skyler (high waist superslim) and Jeggings (low waist superslim), which are complimented with on-trend washes and colors. The Blue Label, Premium Quality Denim will provide you a premium quality denim. The jeans have a soft feel, and yet ensure extra durability and comfort.

Lee® Stretch Deluxe and Lee® Blue Label are available in all LEE concept stores nationwide.



YES! Magazine's 100 Most Beautiful Stars of 2013

YES! Magazine has unveiled their 100 Most Beautiful Stars of 2013!

YES! Magazine held a star-studded press conference of its 100 Most Beautiful Stars special for 2013 at the Crowne Plaza Grand Ballroom on July 25. The star-studded event on July 5 was attended by this year's most Most beautiful - Kathryn Bernardo and Julia Montes and those who have made it to this year’s 100 Most Beautiful list.

The previous list of Yes! Magazine's Most Beautiful stars are Judy Ann Santos (2007), KC Concepcion (2008), Marian Rivera (2009), Kim Chiu (2010), Anne Curtis (2011) and John Lloyd Cruz (2012). This is the first time that two stars tied to the no. 1 list.

Here’s Yes! Magazine’s 100 Most Beautiful Stars 2013:

Wonder Kids
Ryza Mae Dizon, Izzy Canillo, Mutya Orquia, Mona Louise Rey

Julia Barreto, Jerome Ponce, Janella Salvador, Sophie Albert, Vhin Abrenica, Khalil Ramos, Thea Tolentino, Jeric Gonzales, Andrea Torres, Michelle Vito

KC Concepcion, Andi Eigenmann, Bela Padilla, Alessandra de Rossi

Winning Hosts
Isabelle Daza, Alex Gonzaga, Bianca Gonzales, Toni Gonzaga

Rayver Cruz, Wyn Marquez

Derek Ramsey, Iza Calzado, Matteo Guidicelli, Jennylyn Mercado

Richard Yap, Julie Anne San Jose, Elmo Magalona, Lauren Young, Max Collins, Daniel Padilla

Dennis Trillo, Glaiza de Castro, Lovi Poe, Paulo Avelino, Enrique Gil, Louise delos Reyes, Alden Richards, Xian Lim, Heart Evangelista, Enchong Dee, Maja Salvador, Carla Abellana

John Lloyd cruz, Dingdong Dantes, Bea Alonzo, Marian Rivera, Angelica Panganiban, Gerald Anderson, Coco Martin, Kim Chiu, Sarah Geronimo, Anne Curtis

The Most Beautiful
Julia Montes, Kathryn Bernardo

Martin del Rosario, Tom Rodriguez, Mikael Daez, Benjamin Alves, Pancho Magno, Ejay Falcon, Joseph Marco, Jake Cuenca, Sam Milby, Zanjoe Marudo, Ritz Azul, Sam Pinto, Solenn Heussaff, LJ Reyes, Cristine Reyes

Afternoon Movers
Jessy Mendiola, Rocco Nacino, Rafael Rosell, Bianca King

Faces of TV5
Edgar Allan Guzman, Eula Caballero, Martin Escudero

The Idol
Ricky Davao

The Dependables
Lorna Tolentino, Tonton Gutierrez

The Versatile
Jodi Sta. Maria, Dimples Romana

Richard Gomez, Paolo Ballesteros, Dawn Zulueta, Rochelle Pangilinan

Dianna Zubiri, Krystal Reyes

Enviable Couples
Tirso Cruz III and Lyn Ynchausti, Christopher de Leon and Sandy Andolong, Ogie Alcasid and Regine Velasquez, Zoren legaspi and Carmina Villaroel

Susan Roces, Nova Villa

Robin Padilla, Gretchen Barreto, Piolo Pascual, Lucy Torres, Kris Aquino, Judy Ann Santos

The YES! 100 Most Beautiful Stars of 2013 special edition is now available in all magazine stands nationwide!



GMA Artist Center Folio 2013

The GMA Artist Center, home of some of the network’s most promising young talents, has recently launched the 2013 GMA Artist Center Folio, a collection of photographs and write-ups of the stars on their roster.

One hundred and fifty-five talents participated in the collection of iconic looks shot by Cyrus Panganiban, Joseph Pascual, David Fabros, Gabby Cantero, Mark Nicdao, Doc Marlon, and Von Oniel Buenconsejo – a legion of the country’s most prominent photographers.

“We are so used to seeing all our artists portraying many different roles on TV.  Now, we want to provide our media partners and friends a magazine that would show beautiful photographs of our GMA Artist Center Talents.  Working on the Folio is like hosting a reunion, you get to see everyone on set despite how busy their schedules are. You also get to see how close-knit everyone is, how they all have grown and how everyone looks out for one another. GMA Artist Center is a solid team and our Folio is an open invitation to everyone to be part of it“, says AVP and Head for Talent Imaging and Marketing Simoun Ferrer.

This year's GMA Artist Center Folio is available in all leading bookstores and magazine stands nationwide!



Julie Anne San Jose gives an update for her upcoming album

Julie Anne San Jose says "thank you" to every who supported her and made her debut solo album on Quadruple Platinum status; gives update on her upcoming second album. 

Julie Anne San Jose was awarded as the Best Teen Female Performer during the 24th Aliw Awards. People say that she is the perfect role model for young girls everywhere and we couldn’t agree more. Her first solo album under GMA Records is a fire hit which was awarded to have reached Quadruple Platinum status. She also won Best Female Performer of the Year from this year's Yahoo OMG Awards.



Breadtalk, not your average bakery

Breadtalk is a high end fast food for baked products!

Freshly baked bread with lots of choices and with prices a bit steep from your regular bakery, this makes Breadtalk a standout. It’s hard to miss the brightly lit store, or it’s heavenly aroma of baked goods.

We visited the recently opened branch of the Breadtalk at the East Wing of Shang in Ortigas last week. According to the manager of Breadtalk, their different kinds of floss breads are the most in-demand, quite pillowy like cotton candy, very unique name for so satisfying breads. Their take on Pizza bread is my favorite. The other one is the Chicken-curry bread, good for my empty stomach at that time. They offer always fresh, baked on the spot.

Quality of the food is good enough if you are just grabbing a quick bite to eat. It's not the type you'd savor each bite with a steaming cup of coffee.

Their signature ‘see-thru’ kitchens allow pastry chefs to showcase their expertise right in front of your eyes. The staff is always courteous, prompt, and dressed in white chef hats, uniforms, and gloves. Similar to other bakeries in the country, you grab a tray and tongs and choose any baked good in the display cases.

Quality of the food is good enough if you are just grabbing a quick bite to eat. It's not the type you'd savor each bite with a steaming cup of coffee. It's high end fast food for baked products.



Starbucks Philippines introduces a cool twist of Green Tea and Dark Mocha White Chocolate Pudding Frappuccino

Cool coffee journey begins today!

Starbucks Philippines is now offering new beverages, Dark Mocha White Chocolate Pudding Frappuccino Blended Beverage and Green Tea White Chocolate Pudding Blended Beverage starting today in Starbucks branches nationwide.

Which one is your favorite?

It's no doubt that a lot of Filipinos love to drink coffee! More love coffee especially when paired with the classic Starbucks Frap. Starbucks always gives the right beverage depending on the mood and also gives a chance to try their latest blended beverages that is similar to my favorite

Green Tea White Chocolate Pudding Frapuccino Blended Beverage

The Green Tea White Chocolate Pudding Frappuccino Blended Beverage's soft and chewy texture of the white chocolaty pudding gives a good and perfect blend of the green tea, whipped cream and the silken white chocolate pudding and also topped with whipped cream.
Tall – ₱ 180, Grande – ₱ 190 and Venti – ₱ 200

Dark Mocha White Chocolate Pudding Frappuccino Blended Beverage

The White Chocolate Pudding Dark Mocha Frap, given the dark mocha frap, adding more chocolate, albeit white, surprisingly a good combination. The white chocolate pudding is soft and complements the dark mocha in a good way. From the dark mocha base with chocolate chips to the white chocolate pudding up to the whipped cream topped chocolate powder this is the ultimate chocolate beverage that we will surely love even on our 'me' time while listening to our favorite pop and alternative music at Starbucks store.
Tall – ₱ 190, Grande – ₱ 200 and Venti – ₱ 210

If you haven't tried it yet, then this is a better timing to enjoy it twice the fun. You can even try both drinks given their promo later. Bring your friend and experience this promo later!



Me & my JunJun

I am in love with my iPad Mini. We are inseparable. My iPad is my best friend (technologically speaking).

Meet Junjun, my newest iPad Mini, the brother of my 1-year-old iPhone 5 named Nancy. They're both from Team Black. Any similarities (especially to the names) is just coincidental. Promise!

Having an iPad Mini makes life infinitely easier. This nifty gadget is so lightweight that when I got the box, I had a hard time believing there was more than a cable inside it. It's also nearly all screen, so even though it's small, it does the job of a computer-on-the-go very well.

Since I'm already an iPhone user and very comfortable with touch screen, it makes it super easy for me to upload show write-ups, take notes, email myself — and it has Siri (though not that useful here in the Philippines). What I liked most about the iPad Mini is it's handy and it fits in my small bag. Though it's indeed 'mini,' it's not fit into my suit or sport coat pocket, so you still have to carry it like you carry the full size version but it's okey. It now adds as my fashion accessory.

Writing on an iPad Mini was easier because you can hold it in your hand much like a traditional note pad. With blogging, getting information to your readers as quickly as possible is key, so having the iPad Mini handy to just whip out in a pinch has been incredibly useful. I also always have a serious fear of missing out and the gadget makes it easy to stay up-to-date with all social media to see what's going on at shows and events I wasn't able to make.

iPad Mini is more for entertainment and is easier to use when doing some work, I suggest that you go for the wifi + cellular version of the iPad 4th gen and get the Smart LTE prepaid sim. This iPad Mini will surely be much more useful with LTE-Smart powered sim. For more information, please visit



Cadbury Dairy Milk presents the Creamy Chocolate Fountain

Cadbury Dairy Milk opens Creamy Chocolate Fountain for one and all!

The sweetness of Cadbury Dairy Milk make me feel great! I know it's more psychological but it helps me divert my attention more to problem making me more happy and less depressed. If there is one thing that almost never fails to put a smile on people’s faces, regardless of age, light up eyes and let bad moods go away, it’s none other than chocolate, especially Cadbury Dairy Milk.

Since its creation more than 115 years ago, Cadbury Dairy Milk has always prided itself for its luxurious, smooth, creamy and delicious taste. For only P25.00, you can discover the smooth and creamy taste of Cadbury Dairy Milk at your local convenience store and grocery.  Or Try the Fruit and Nut flavor for a more exotic and smooth taste. The Roast Almond or the newest smooth and creamy Cashew and Cookie flavor is perfect for banishing the blues. Try Chocettes too for bite-size pieces of pure joy.

Cadbury Creamy Chocolate Fountain is a large and impressive structure with towering pipes, oozing with ‘chocolate. Only in your mind, you can swim in the chocolate goodness and let all negativity be drowned by the sweetness! More than watching a chocolate fountain display, it also plays music and you can play with it.

You can now explore the Cadbury Creamy Chocolate Fountain at the Events Center, Lower Ground Floor of SM Megamall Building A. For only a minimum purchase of a Cadbury Dairy Milk 30g bar at P25.00, you can make the Creamy Chocolate Fountain sing, make it dance, and more importantly, watch the amazing ‘chocolate’ flow. Hurry and experience this one-of-a-kind and large-scale display now. After all, it’s not every day you can see a Creamy Chocolate Fountain.

To find out what else Cadbury Dairy Milk is up to, like the page Cadbury Dairy Milk is a product of Mondelez Philippines. For more information about the Company and its 50 years in the country, visit



Why do Filipinos love minions?

“Despicable Me 2” is definitely, this is one very funny and entertaining film for the whole family!

United International Pictures and Solar Entertainment Corp. “Despicable Me 2” blasted onto Philippine screens one week ahead of the U.S. release, kickstarting 2013 with the year’s  all-time highest single day box office sales for an animation and ringing in the 2nd biggest all-time opening for an animated movie. "Despicable Me 2"'s biggest opening weekend release for an animated movie of all time with over P100M box office sales and dominated the market on over 120 screens nationwide!

Fans of those naughty little yellow Minions will rejoice as they have practically half of the movie running time dedicated to them, and there are so many more of them here. Fans of good 3D effects will really find this film so cool. I just missed some of the heart that made the first installment more than special.

Anyways, small goggle-wearing Minions, Gru's band of devoted little workers, get more screen time for their song-and-dance numbers and slapstick antics in the sequel. Feeling the Minion love, for the sequel, the filmmakers decided to make the Minions more central to the story. Now we have Minions falling in love in this new movie and there’s the fire scene in Gru’s office.

So what are the characteristics of Minions why they're loved by Filipinos?
  1. The minions are awesome and hilarious
  2. Minions speak a made-up language called 'Minionese,' sometimes sound-like Filipino (Tagalog)
  3. Minion blimp, aptly named the 'despicablimp' has partnered with Facebook to promote virtual stickers for fans to share online.
  4. The Minion mischief, which guarantees plenty of laughs
  5. Minions are talented - can sing, dance, etc.
“Despicable Me 2” is released and distributed by Universal Pictures/United Intl. Pictures through Solar Entertainment Corp. Still showing and counting!



Cocina Centrale in Marquee Mall, Angeles City, Pampanga

Are you looking for a place outside Metro Manila to indulge your late night food cravings on weekends?

The Mercato Centrale Group brought its popular night food markets to the country’s culinary capital with a sneak peek of Cocina Centrale last Saturday at the Marquee Park of Ayala Land’s Marquee Mall in Angeles City, Pampanga. It will be open Friday and Saturday, starting July 5, from 4 p.m. to 3 a.m.

Indulge in the Cocina Centrale experience and enjoy an extensive selection of foodie favorites - steamed cheeseburgers, crunchy pork belly, wagyu steak on a sticks, deep dish pizzas, empanadas, ice-cream filled mochi balls, specialty milk teas, dark lager beer cheesecakes – straight from the kitchens of home-based and specialty chefs, and many more! Cocina Centrale features around 30 food stalls from Pampanga and Manila including, food trucks that came all the way from Metro Manila.

Cocina Centrale, the first regional food market for the group behind Mercato Centrale at the Bonifacio Global City, will be open every Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. to 3 a.m. starting July 5.

According to Ledesma, many popular food entrepreneurs started from Mercato such as Manang’s Chicken, Mochiko and Merry Moo, which have since opened their own outlets in malls around the metro. He also cited Chuck's Grubberie, Mio, Gelati, Spring by Ha Yuan, Inutak, Zen Taclings and Eat My Garlic Fries. Many of the popular vendors of Mercato-managed markets in Manila are actually from Pampanga, such as Chef Claude Tayag's Bale Dutung, the creators of the popular Pan de Bagnet, a sandwich featuring the sinful Ilocano pork delicacy. Chef Sau del Rosario of Villa Café also hails from Pampanga.

Aside from bringing the Mercato food experience to Pampanga, Cocina Centrale also aims to find great-tasting food by innovative food entrepreneurs in the region. Cocina Centrale features a wide variety of food from Thai, Vietnamese, American, Korean, Persian, Mexican and Filipino cuisines. Sweets and pastries are also available.

For more information, please visit their Facebook account For vendor booth rental or venue rental inquiries, please email



San Miguel Beer + apple or lemon?

I learned to drink the lighter beers with flavours when I was still in highschool. Yeah, you know, highschool days are full of curiosity and experiments.

Well, in most occasions, I always pick beers more than any other liquor products especially when I'm in events wherein there's no iced tea or sodas available for order. I'm a nurse and I know that beers are still better in lowering the risk of kidney stones compared to their hard liquor loving friends because of its high water content and diuretic effect. That's my best excuse to my Mom when she caught me drinking beer on the apartment years ago. You can use it too as an excuse when you get caught by your parents. Haha! That's funny but true.

As the years go by, the level of beer leveled up, just like San Miguel which now offers flavored beers – apple and lemon. Beers were flavored for us to fully enjoy the taste of a beer without the bitter taste.

Beer + Apple

  • The taste of this is… unusual. The apple elements are there, which made me expect it to be sweet. But it’s a beer, so it’s decidedly beery. It pours out very fizzy, but the head doesn’t last long. Though it was sweeter than your standard beer, I was surprised it wasn’t more syrupy-sweet. So fresh! Smooth with a touch of sweetness.
Beer + Lemon

  • The creativity behind this beer was great, and it was a smooth, tasty golden ale. It smells as though you’re standing in the middle of a meadow filled with fruits and grasses. Flavor-wise, it may add a light (but full-tasting) sweetness and slight tangy-ness. Beer and lemon are really the most prominent flavors in this beer . 
I love beers because it relaxes my body and senses, I love to drink it after a hectic or stressful day, it’s a reward for myself for a job well done or just a drink for me and my buddies to enjoy our bonding times more. Anyways, either, beer or lemon,  these two give the beer the right flavor with a couple of shakes, and it's easy to carry along.

Apple and lemon - These two are the first and best fruit-flavored beer San Miguel has ever brewed. Quirky and imaginatively unique. A fruity twist to the refreshing qualities of beer. Make sure enjoying the fruity flavors of San Miguel Flavored Beer is on that list. Available in selected bars and restaurants nationwide!



CONNECT: The GMA Artist Center Digital Media Launch

Aracama hosted the brightest and most promising stars as GMA Artist Center celebrates the launch of its microsite together with its social media pages on July 2.

The Digital Media Launch is an important step for GMA Artist Center as it embraces the challenge to remain relevant in the digital world as a talent management group.

Gracing the event are Kapuso stars Aljur Abrenica, Kris Bernal, Alden Richards, Louise delos Reyes, Rocco Nacino, Max Collins, Julieanne San Jose, and Kim Rodriguez amongst the countless GMA Artist Center stars in the event which was hosted by the very dapper Steven Silva and the stunning Bettina Carlos. The program commenced with GMA Films President Annette Gozon-Abrogar sharing her warm regards to everyone, welcoming and thanking all those who have supported the GMA Artist Center through the years. Afterwhich, GMA Artist Center’s AVP and Head for Talent Imaging and Marketing Simoun Ferrer took the stage as he shares how GMA Artist Center is determined to pursue innovation and excellence to keep up with the fast-paced demands of today’s market. Everyone was given real-time browsing experience of the new website as the innovative and user-friendly features of the website were explained as it was displayed and navigated on-screen.

Poised to launch the, GMA Artist Center is the official website, and the department’s official social media accounts on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. This further enhances its connection with its audience online by providing news and information about their favourite artists at their fingertips, anytime, anywhere.

 Bettina Carlos

Diva Montelaba

 Lexi Fernandez

 Julian Trono

 Ruru Madrid

Juancho Triviño

Arny Ross

Zandra Summer

Sef Cadayona

Luane Dy

Jeric Gonzales

Abel Estanislao

Kristoffer Martin

Kim Rodriguez

Ken Chan

Chynna Ortaleza

Rocco Nacino

Enzo Pineda

Louise delos Reyes

Aljur Abrenica

Mike Tan

Lucho Ayala

 Alden Richards

 Steven Silva

 Rita de Guzman

 Kris Bernal

 Ryza Cenon

Julie Anne San Jose

Aside from the artists, the event was also hosted our friends from the lifestyle and entertainment press and bloggers, advertisers, and our esteemed officers from the network. Thanks to Blackberry and Smart - the two major sponsors of the CONNECT: The GMA Artist Center Digital Media Launch.