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Thursday, February 25, 2021

BPI celebrates National Arts Month with a special treat for cardholders Gives special offers at the annual ‘Art in the Park’


The Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) is partnering with Art in the Park, the country’s most popular and affordable art fair. Art in the Park is celebrating 15 years of champi-oning Philippine artistry with eight days of a virtual open house, featuring 60 exhibitors and over 6,000 artworks by hundreds of established and emerging Filipino artists.


The annual treasure hunt will exhibit artworks on an online platform ( from February 21 to 28, to allow art aficionados to access the artwork while properly observing health and safety protocols as Manila remains under general community quarantine.


"While there are changes with the way art exhibits are held these days, we still want our clients to get the best experience with this virtual art fair from the comfort of their homes.  It’s about letting them re-connect with culture even as this pandemic has cut us off from the world and public spaces. Our clients can also enjoy special offers to make their Art in the Park purchases more feasible and flexible," said Jenny Lacerna, BPI Head of Unsecured Lending and Cards - Product and Sales Group.


Spotlight on modern art


Art Verité Gallery, one of Manila’s leading art galleries today, is one of the exhibitors in this year’s Art in the Park. Specializing in Philippine and Southeast Asian contemporary and modern art, Art Verité actively promotes both its core established artists and prom-ising new local and international talents.


Art Verité is featuring seasoned artist Alee Garibay and new artist Jason Delgado. Both artists were chosen for their originality, creativity, skills, and wit in the visual narrative.


Garibay has received numerous awards for her works in oil and watercolor. She has been actively participating in group shows since 2005, and has dedicated herself to be-ing a full-time artist, consistently holding annual solo exhibitions. Her Disrupt 5 series plays with the feeling and state of disruption and suspension of order.


Meanwhile, Delgado was awarded the regional winner at the Philippine Arts Awards (Vi-sayas Selection) in 2020, and was participating in group exhibitions since 2016. Delga-do’s Compound Believe and How Much? is a take on Filipino beliefs and how these affect our daily lives.


BPI Credit Card clients can avail of exclusive offers for their Art in the Park purchases. BPI Mastercard Credit cardholders who are registered to the bank’s Your Wish is Our Command promo will qualify for a Php 100 electronic gift certificate for every minimum single-receipt straight purchase of Php 3,000.  BPI Credit cardholders can also enjoy lighter terms on purchases worth Php 20,000 or more by converting straight payments into a 3-month installment plan at 0% interest. To avail of this SIP Loans Balance Con-version offer, cardholders can call (02) 889-10055 until March 15, 2021 and provide de-tails of their posted Art in the Park transaction.


BPI will also feature an exhibition that shines the spotlight on pottery, which is one of the best-selling categories of the annual art event. Titled BPI Art Clips, this special col-laboration will showcase a series of mini-documentaries that will highlight the works of Filipino pottery pioneers Jon and Tessy Pettyjohn and Joey de Castro.


Art in the Park benefits the Museum Foundation of the Philippines in support of their projects and programs for the National Museum of the Philippines and its network.


For more information, please visit the Art in the Park website and follow Art in the Park on Facebook (www.facebook/artinthepark) and on Instagram (@artintheparkph).

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Ruby Chocolate Cookies - the newest product from The Fet Boys

After making the first ever Coffee Butterscotch Cookie, Chef Kirk Ngo of Fet Boys will be launching its new creation - the Prettier than Pink Cookies.

Derived from Ruby Chocolate, the Prettier than Pink cookie is the first of its kind. Ruby Chocolate is the 4th type of Chocolate that is accepted as "real chocolate." This is derived from Ruby Cacao beans which gives it its natural pink color. 

What makes Ruby Chocolate unique is its taste characterized by fruity notes and a pink color which is all-natural. After Dark, Milk, and White chocolate, Ruby is the newest chocolate in the market and it is about to become the next big thing.

In 2020, Chef Kirk of Fet Boys launched his Too Much Chocolate Chip Cookies that were as big as a regular guy’s palm and it was a hit. In the last quarter of 2020 alone, he made over 5000 pcs of his giant creation. 

He also invented the Coffee Butterscotch Cookie and this was an instant hit to all coffee lovers because it is best paired with their favorite morning drink, a cup of joe. However, what truly sets apart the Fet Boys cookie is that it is best eaten chilled. Unlike other cookies that are tastier when heated, the Fet Boys cookies are even better after being chilled in the ref. 

Grab a box of the Fet Boys cookies and find out why it is considered the best-kept secret of the North and South! To order, message them through their Facebook Page.  

Saturday, February 13, 2021

AYDA 2020 awardees: celebrating human-centered design and solutions in architecture and interior design

Creating innovation and empathy in execution and design is something that the participants in the recent Asia Young Designer (AYDA2020) competition has to offer, as they need to create practical and future-forward solutions to their design, perfect for this year's theme: FORWARD: HUMAN-CENTERED DESIGN. 

out of 400 submissions that was sent for this year's competition, they were able to select the top 10 winners in architecture and interior design. 

AYDA2020 Panel of Judges

Every year, notables in the Architecture and Interior Design industry are brought together to assess the works of our talented students and to award the prize and internship opportunities.  Here are our judges for AYDA2020:

In Architecture:

1. Ar. Leo Pariñas, President & CEO of LPPA Design Group (Head Judge)

2. Ar. Boon Che Wee, Director at GRA Architects Malaysia

3. Ar. Ana Mangalino-Ling, Partner & Associate at JSLA Architects

4. Ar. Nina Bailon-Arce, Partner at Arce-Bailon-Arce Architects

5. Ar. Ma. Benita Regala, Department Manager at Housing Technology Development Office National Housing Authority

6. Ar. Eduardo Casares, UAP Chairman Committee on Commissions

7. Ar. Renato Heray, UAP National President and Owner of RAH Architecture and Landscape Corporation

8. Ar. Richard Garcia, Vice President of Visionarch

In Interior Design:

1. IDr. Cara Marcelo, Founder of CMM Interior Design and Consultancy (Head Judge)

2. IDr. Chat Fores, Founder of Chat Fores Design Studio

3. IDr. Fendarie Su, Founder of Santa Fe Interior Architecture SDH BHD

4. IDr. Cynthia Almario, founder of Atelier Almario

5. IDr. Ivy Almario, founders of Atelier Almario

6. IDr. Michael Pizarro, Founder of Michael Pizarro Interior Design

Architecture Top 10

  1. BALSAHAN by Joana Marie L. Ramirez of Mapua University
  2. COMM[UNITY] by Kim Russel Manjares of Lyceum Of The Philippines University – Cavite
  3. ECOPOD by Reyanne April P. Cepriano of Bulacan State University
  4. ESKINITA by Yson Karl M. Dañez of Polytechnic University of the Philippines
  5. ESTERO RECYCLING HUB by Napoleon Marion Clarke F. Mui of the University of Santo Tomas
  6. GREEN ON GRID: THE TRIANGLE HOMES by Dhennies Rivas of Nueva Ecija University of Science and Technology
  7. HU-MANGROVES PROJECT by John Briggs H. Gime of Eulogio “Amang” Rodriguez Institute Of Science And Technology
  8. PROJECT N.O.A.H. by Erol Kim Mandocdoc of Batangas State University
  9. SILONG by Paul John A. Jandoc of the University of Baguio
  10. THE CUBE: REHABILITATION OF DIVISORIA by Nikko S. Regalado of De La Salle College of Saint Benilde

Interior Design Top 10

  1. BAGASSE MOUNTAIN RESORT by Margaret Therese S. Hagad of De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde
  2. BAKHAWAN by Ryan Japhet A. Gablines of the University of San Carlos
  3. COMPLEJO DE PLAZA by Jazel Lynn P. Ong of De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde
  4. KABAGTAO by James Marie Kyle O. Colina of the University of San Carlos – Cebu
  5. MEMORABILIA by Jazzy Caroline Q. Kho of the University of Santo Tomas
  6. PARAISO: THE ECO-SITIO by Renzo V. Montenegro of the University of San Carlos
  7. PIERIDAE CANCER CARE CENTER by Alyssa Len A. Rodriguez of the University of Santo Tomas
  8. PUNTA SALAG: SILOY ECO-RESERVE by Ynes Sofia A. Manguerra of De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde
  9. PUYANAN by Lauren Ghenrich L. Khoo of De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde
  10. TUKLAS by John Earo J. Roque of the University of Santo Tomas

AYDA2020 Winners

Each of the top 10 finalists a cash prize of ₱10,000 plus opportunities for internship.  On top of that, recipients of special awards receive additional prizes.

The Gold Award recipient will receive a cash prize of ₱50,000, internship opportunities, and will also represent the Philippines in the upcoming regional competition where he or she has the chance of winning the Platinum Award and be declared the Asia Young Designer of the Year.

The Silver Award recipient will receive a cash prize of ₱30,000 plus internship opportunities.

The recipient of the Best Green Innovation Award will receive a cash prize of ₱10,000.

The recipient of the Best Colour Choice Award will receive a cash prize of ₱10,000.

The recipient of the People’s Choice Award will receive a cash prize of ₱5,000.

The Best Mentor Award is given to the mentor of the Gold Award winner.  He or she will receive a cash prize of ₱10,000.

The award for Best Supporting College/University is given to the school with a finalist and has sent in the most entries.  They will receive a cash prize of ₱10,000 plus paint vouchers worth ₱10,000.

The award for Best College/University is given to the school of the Gold Award recipient.  They will receive a cash prize of ₱10,000 plus paint vouchers worth ₱10,000.

Special Awards

The recipients of the Best Colour Choice award are:

  • Nikko Regalado of Dela Salle College of Saint Benilde in Architecture
  • Ryan Japhet Gablines of the University of San Carlos – Cebu in Interior Design
The recipients of the Best Green Innovation Award are:
  • Yson Karl Dañez of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines
  • Ynes Sofia Manguerra of Dela Salle College of Saint Benilde
The People’s Choice Award is garnered from votes made by their supporters on the Nippon Paint Facebook Page.  They are:
  • Erol Kim Mandocdoc of Batangas State University in Architecture
  • Jazzy Caroline Kho of the University of Santo Tomas

The Best Supporting College/University goes to the school of a finalist who has sent in the most entries to the competition.  In both Architecture and Interior Design this award was given to De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde.

Major Awards

The Silver Award is given to the finalist who placed second in their category.  They are:

  • Napoleon Marion Clarke Mui of the University of Santo Tomas in Architecture
  • Lauren Ghenrich Khoo of Dela Salle College of Saint Benilde

The Gold Award is given to the finalist who placed first in their category.  They are:

  • Paul John Jandoc of the University of Baguio in Architecture
  • Margaret Therese Hagad of Dela Salle College of Saint Benilde in Interior Design

Paul John Jandoc and Margaret Therese Hagad will represent the Philippines at the upcoming regional competition where they have the chance to win the Platinum Award and get declared the Asia Young Designer Award for the Year!

The Best College/University goes to the school of the Gold Award winner.  At the same time, the Best Mentor Award goes to the mentor of the Gold Award winner.  They are Ar. Tim-Paul Villanueva of the University of Baguio in Architecture and IDr. Karol Ann Antonio of De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde in Interior Design

Congratulations to all the winners! You make us all proud.

For more information about the Asia Young Designer Award, visit the website at and the social media accounts as follows:

  • Facebook:
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  • Twitter: 

Have a wonderful Valentines celebration at The Manila Hotel

 This Valentines day, The Manila Hotel offers a spectacular treat to their valued guests and their loved ones that is one for the books. here are some of their offerings for this special season.

 A dinner to remember

Be inspired to take your special someone out on an ultimate date night at The Champagne Room, touted as the most romantic room in the country—the exquisite backdrop to many proposals and declarations of love. The destination of choice for top-tier dining, The Manila Hotel reopens its signature French restaurant exclusively for heart’s day weekend.

Escape the monotony of everyday dining and let your palate escape to France with our especially curated Valentine’s set dinner which kicks off with Pan-Seared Foie Gras and Lobster on melon gazpacho, followed by decadent entrees like Aged Sherry-Scented Roasted Pigeon Consomme with stuffed morsel and sous vide poached quail egg; and Sweetpea Mascarpone Agnoloti (butter-parmesan emulsion with prosciutto). For mains, you have a choice of generous Chilean Sea Bass in creamy balsamic-pomegranate sauce, Oriental risotto, and fresh market vegetables or our signature Beef Tenderloin on wild mushroom puree, with Anna potato and market vegetables. End your night by lingering over dessert—a must for any romantic occasion—with Raspberry Delight on pistachio shortbread, and a Valentine Praline.  

As an added treat, lady diners will be given one long-stemmed Ecuadorian rose. Combine all of this with the chic French ambiance and intimate seating, and your Valentine’s Day will be complete. 

The gourmet dinner will be available from February 12, 13, 14 and 15, 2021 at Php4,500 nett per head. Don’t wait though—a table for two at our Champagne Room is always a hot commodity. Call us now for reservation and book a table at 85270011. 

Sweet surprises

It’s easy to find the perfect Valentine’s Day gift with our range of premium and delicious chocolates. Chocolate gifts have long been a staple of Valentine’s Days for decades, so what better way to show your love than with our handcrafted chocolates. Two new items from the Deli will surely make your Valentine’s night all the sweeter. Surprise your loved one with either the Valentine Praline Bouquet or the Chocolate Strawberry Bouquet. 

For only P980 nett, the Valentine Praline Bouquet is exactly that—a round bouquet of hazelnut gianduja-based pralines, with highlights of rolled pistachio nuts. Timeless and popular, round bouquets are popular in weddings, but this artisanal chocolate bouquet is one that will surely add a sweet touch to Valentine’s Day. 

The Chocolate Strawberry Bouquet, which sells for only P1,380 nett, combines the taste of juicy strawberries and the comforting sweetness of chocolates loved by many. Dipped in artisanal Belgian chocolate and interspersed with pink variant, this is a perfect gift that says a lot. 

These sweet surprise variants can be pre-ordered starting February 8, 2021 from The Manila Hotel’s Delicatessen, or by calling 85270011 or 09989501912. 

And just in time for this Sunday, the Valentine-inspired Raspberry Delight heart-shaped cake combines three ingredients that make the perfect combo: Chocolate Mousse brings sweetness and mellowness; raspberries an acidity note; and pistachio biscuit just the right crunch. For only, Php1,300 nett, this indulgent dessert is just what you need to satisfy your sweet tooth without going overboard. One-day pre-order is recommended.

The Delicatessen also has a host of other chocolate gift items in regular boxes and collectible boxes like heart-shaped sinamay containers. From Belgian chocolate bars to assorted pralines to heart-shaped concoctions, you have numerous options to choose from. 

For more updates, visit The Manila Hotel at

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Why QR codes are useful for businesses at this time?

Come to think of it, QR codes are very helpful nowadays. I've seen this on other platforms (starts with P, G, and now the most-hyped L) as they are used on restaurants, boutiques and other establishments for faster, more convenient cashless transactions. 

The Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) recently rolled out its Cashless Negosyo webinar series in North Luzon, which aims to boost the ability of small entrepreneurs to adapt to the new reality as consumers turn to e-commerce due to quarantine constraints amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 

According to BPI, digital payments will aid small business owners to ensure personal, employee, and customer safety. This will help them abide by the government’s minimum health protocols, and enables them to offer their goods and services online or via delivery.  It also allows them to reach as many customers despite quarantine restrictions.  

“BPI provides cashless payment option to small business owner or sole proprietor clients of the bank and help minimize if not eliminate waiting lines in their stores because their customers can just scan the QR code simultaneously to pay for their purchases. That is why for small business owners who will be generating their own QR code, it is important to make QR standees so that customers can check out faster,” said BPI Division Head for North Luzon, Marwin Galvez.

BPI reiterated that cashless payments made via QR code is not only faster and safer, but is also more accurate than using electronic fund transfer as payment option

because it’s less prone to typing erroneous details compared to doing fund transfer by inputting the 10-digit account number.  It eliminates the risk of transferring money to a wrong account.

BPI noted that from 70 percent in March this year, the number of transactions done digitally have now increased to 90 percent in November. More than half of its 8 million clients are also now registered to the bank’s digital platforms for their everyday banking needs.

Small business owners may promote their cashless payment option to encourage and reassure customers that it is still safe to shop through this contact less payment method.

“We encourage small business owners to make use of the QR code system as a way of protecting them and their clients as the market shifts to more online transactions and digital living in the new normal,” Mr. Galvez added.

QR Code for cashless transactions via BPI's Digital Doc Program

Been doing succeeding trips to the hospital this past few weeks and it's been evident that the use of QR code really helps, as long as you have your mobile data and your favorite QR app, you are ready to go.


This has been a great help for those who doesn't want to contact anything physically while outside - the QR codes posted on pharmacies and hospitals eliminate the use of paper trails and pens that was also being used by others, mostly for contact tracing purposes. 

Good thing for those who are in need to go to the hospital for consultation purposes, cashless transactions are safer using the Digital Doc Program. 

“We are thrilled to share the benefits of cashless transactions -- in enabling online health consultations and in keeping us all (doctors and patients alike) safe during these trying times,”  said BPI Deputy Head of Marketing Mariana Zobel de Ayala. “In addition to keeping us safe from COVID-related health risks, the use of QR codes keep your bank accounts safer as well -- they are less prone to errors that often happen when keying in account numbers and transfer amounts.”

Patients can pay in seconds and for free -- by just scanning the QR code and inputting the payment amount. Doctors, in turn, are able to monitor their funds anytime, anywhere through BPI Online or BPI Mobile app.      

“As BPI, we hope to be a partner for our healthcare professionals -- in enabling them with what is needed to adapt to the next normal, and more importantly, to keep them safe, ” she said.

To activate a QR code for free, doctors are invited to      log in to BPI Online or BPI Mobile app and select “Other Services,” followed by “QR Generator.” From there, they simply select the account for which they wish to generate a QR code for, and can even add a nickname or label for their QR code -- so that it is easily recognizable for anyone they send to. They have the option to include an amount requested for payment -- but either way, by clicking “Save to Device” they can access it easily anytime -- and send it to their patients as they wish.       Beyond the benefits of convenience, BPI’s digital banking platforms offer security features to ensure protection of your data and account information.

Visit the BPI website at to know more about accepting payments via QR code.

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Coming soon: Birthday Panalo App for Android and iPhone

Commemorate birthdays in a rewarding way with the Birthday Panalo app, available soon for Android and iPhone users!

This up and upcoming entertainment app allows users to play while allowing users to celebrate their important dates like birthdays, anniversaries, and many more. exciting cash prices awaits all winners playing using the app. 

While millennials are the main audience targeted with the launch of the app, Seaver Choy, Minedomain Inc. IT officer shared that ease of use is one of the main factors their team considered in developing Birthday Panalo to make it enjoyable for users across various age groups.

"We want the millennials to love this game so we went for what millennials want most -- ease of use. We only put in the necessary elements for users to be able to do what they need to do fast and immediately," he said.

"We focused on the user experience when we were developing by having iterating designs that had constant user feedback. Birthday Panalo has gone through multiple design changes based on different user feedback across different groups," Choy added.

The core group which made and designed the Birthday Panalo app was an all-Filipino team composed of professionals from the country’s top universities including De La Salle University, Polytechnic University of the Philippines, and University of the East.

"Birthday Panalo app was built with resilience and celebrations in mind. We made it fun and easy to bet but still overly secure," Choy furthered, assuring users that the personal data and information they input within the Birthday Panalo app are protected according to industry standards.

Choy noted that the Birthday Panalo app has been tested by local and international cybersecurity companies like GLI, Bolton Labs, and Mantua, among others, to ensure that the app has the needed safety measures in place to avoid leakage of user data.

"Internally, we are also certified when it comes to how we operate and how we maintain the application," Choy said.

Celebrations made even more rewarding

Within the app which carries design elements signifying Filipinos, ‘Kapanalo’ or users of the app can place a bet on a three-part number combination consisting of a month, a day, and a year. If the same combination gets to be picked during daily draws, a user can win as much as P100,000 as a cash prize.

After downloading the app, users can easily sign up using either their mobile phone or email address verified through a one-time password (OTP) sent by the app. Once done with the registration process, users can proceed participating in draws for as low PhP 10 which they can pay via mobile wallets like GCash and PayMaya. Winners of lucky date combinations which will be notified via the Birthday Panalo app may claim their prizes at the PCSO main branch in Mandaluyong City, or have it credited on their respective mobile wallets.

The Birthday Panalo app will soon be available for free download via the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store. Kapanalo from all over the Philippines can also look forward to playing the Birthday Panalo game in select PCSO outlets nationwide in the coming months.

Get protected with Derma Science Hand Gel

 I may not yet recovered from fever and I may be positive for having the COVID-19 virus (still waiting for my swab results tom, I'm currently in isolation), but despite that, I see to it that I will practice the necessary precautions to be protected, and to protect others from getting sick. 

And that being said, I have my newest addition of sanitizer in my go-to bag, and I am thankful that Derma Science Hand Gel is now available online (ShopeeLazada, website) since its official launch last week, and I hope it'll be available in all convenience stores, pharmacies, and supermarkets nationwide. 

I have my travel-sized alcohol and sanitizer from Derma Science and I chose to bring them both with me whenever I'm outside for errands. But it makes me wonder:

Question, what's the difference between the two?

Alcohols and gel sanitizers can BOTH protect us from germs and viruses, depending on its concentration. Alcohols can be messy especially if they are not in a spritzer bottle, and they tend to evaporate immediately. Gel sanitizers, on the other hand, are more concentrated, but there are some sanitizers that I tried that are harmful to the skin. The good thing about Derma Science Hand Gel is the fact that it doesn't have parabens and coloring agents that are known to be harmful, especially those who have sensitive skin. 

The first thing I noticed after I first tried Derma Science Hand Gel is the fact that it doesn't have any sticky feeling after applying. it has a mild chamomile scent. But I personally love the travel-sized variant for it has a sweet cherry blossom scent. 

Added to that, Derma Science Hand Gel are priced reasonably and they come in different sizes: 

  • 100ml bottle with Sakura Extract, best for travel and personal use, priced at Php 110
  • 490ml pump bottle with German Chamomile extract for general use (reasonably priced at Php 320) 

Get yours at ShopeeLazada and tru Good and Grains website. Don't forget to follow Derma Science Hand Gel on Facebook and Instagram

Monday, January 4, 2021

Fiipino Artist David Medalla posthumously honored by BDO

LEGACY TO HONOR. David Medalla visited the BDO Corporate Center Ortigas during the inauguration of his sculpture, “Cloud Canyons No. 31,” on August 31, 2019.

BDO Unibank honors Filipino artist David Medalla, who passed away on December 28, 2020. 

It commemorates Medalla’s legacy with the continued display of his sculpture, “Cloud Canyons No. 31,” at the lobby of its Corporate Center in Ortigas (CCO).

“Cloud Canyons No. 31” found its way to CCO for bank employees, clients, and visitors to enjoy in 2019. Before coming home to the Philippines, it was exhibited in the Hepworth Wakefield art museum in England when Medalla was one of the shortlisted artists for the inaugural Hepworth Wakefield Prize for Sculpture in 2016. It is made of plexiglas tubes, wood, fibreglass, water, soap, and oxygenators, and is part of a series often referred to as the “bubble machines.” 

Mara Coson, who oversees the BDO Art Collection, said of Medalla’s passing:

“David Medalla was magnetic. He lived a life that drew people in while he himself could not be contained. He left the world with stories so wild and infinite they can never all be told.

“Medalla was born in Manila in 1942, with literary and visual genius uniquely attributable only to his bright spirit. His biography is too vast for a short note, and is kept alive by the many who encountered him along his life’s adventures, strangers and friends, periods from explorations of kinetic art in the 1960s and beyond to performances anywhere, and travel whether physical or otherwise. He spent his life around the world, at home everywhere and still home was also the Philippines, where he died peacefully.

“More than ever, we must make sure the bubbles of Cloud Canyons No. 31 continue endlessly and fully in our care—and most of all, welcome to the public to experience these clouds for always. We will do Medalla proud.

“When you visit the bubble machine, I encourage you take a moment to wish David the best for his next life, as he dances with ease among the brightest galaxies.”

Saturday, January 2, 2021

Happy 2021! Fab Pinas is Back!

 Happy fabulous new year! 

Hello there, Cristal here aka the blogger behind SailorStarCatcher Online and Fab Pinas, and here's to announce that


I've been on hiatus since 2017 to focus on personal and professional matters. 2020 took a massive toll on us, and along with major life changes, I decided to fix everything on my public profiles, including this space. 

All the lifestyle, events, press releases will now be posted here as I will be focusing more on my personal/hobbies niches on SailorStarCatcher Online. To organize everything is my personal goal this year, so please support the Fab Pinas crew here and on my social media. 

Thank you so much and have a FABulous new year ahead! 

Cristal of Fab Pinas 

Thursday, November 30, 2017

A Perfect Christmas for Arendelle-inspired Christmas at SM City Fairview!

Last November 11, 2017, SM Fairview makes it all BIG as they launch their Christmas Centerpiece for this year. Inspired by the Disney’s animated film Olaf’s Frozen Adventure, SM City Fairview has recreated the setup that resembles the magical city of Arendelle from the animated movie Frozen - all composed of a big castle, a gigantic Christmas tree and even a sled. A snow booth is also assembled an the back of the castle for children and adults to enjoy.

SM together with Toy Kingdom shared the joy with kids through a Gift-giving to the Children’s International Foundation. It was from a project that they have started last 2011. After the distribution of gifts, everybody around the atrium enjoyed a wonderful and magical performance from a bunch of talented youth, as they dazzled the whole venue and filled it with their singing, dancing and acting as they played part of being citizens of Arendelle in search for the perfect Christmas tradition.

 Various known celebrities where also present in this event like husband & wife Oyo Sotto & Christine Hermosa with their cute kids and Congressman Alfred Vargas.

SM City Fairview also scheduled the upcoming #WeLoveDisneyAtSM events for this yuletide season.

  • Disney’s Frozen Toy Fair at the Atrium from November 11 up to January 7. 
  • Magical Winter Snowfall that happens every 3pm & 5pm of all Sunday’s of November and December.

So if you ever find your self at SM Fairview don’t forget to visit this wonderful events prepared for you and your kids.

Wouldn’t you say for a Frozen theme this event has been really warm just like Olaf. Till next event see you there! :D

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

SM Super Kids Day Celebration in SM

SM Supermalls unboxes new happenings for kids and kids at heart this October with the launch of Kids’ Month in 64 malls nationwide. At a media launch titled SM Super Kids Day held last October 1 held at SM City Fairview, the retail giant announced a season packed with fun-filled celebrations especially designed for kids like United Nations Day and the well-loved Halloween.

A fun and exciting field day where kids and the whole family can shop, play enjoy, eat, and win prizes – SM Super Kids Day fittingly showcased what customers can enjoy in the malls this Kids’ Month. It’s also the perfect season to splurge on gifts for kids and avail big discounts on kids’ clothes, shoes, and toys at The SM Store Kids’ Month Sale and at the Baby Company. Also not to be missed is the amazing Toy Kingdom Halloween Sale.

On October 10 to 24, a grand display of world flags sets the mood for a two-week celebration of United Nations Day. SM’s “All Together for One World” features Dances Around the World performances, World Market food fairs, and the kids’ favorite, National Costume Parade Contest. Customers can also check out Art for Peace – an art exhibit by local artists and schools sending messages of peace for all.

Culminating Kids’ Month is SM’s “Spooktacular Halloween” from October 20 to 31. As the Monster Fun Fair begins on October 20 offering great deals on trick-or-treat needs, beloved pets can then join the excitement at the Petrifying Halloween costume party for pets and owners on October 21/22. Approaching Halloween’s Eve, everyone is invited to the much awaited Costume Contest on October 28/29 for adults, and on October 31 for kids. Also on October 31, the young trick-or-treaters can continue the fun at the photo Halloween Studio by Vivo, and by visiting SM Hypermarket, SM Supermarket, and SM Cyberzone for treats and goodies.

Lastly, there’s an online promo where parents share why kids rule at SM, then use hashtag #SMKidsMonth2017 on Facebook for a chance to win exciting prizes for their kids’ and fun adventures!

For more about SM’s Kids’ Month and exclusive news about SM Supermalls, visit or follow SM’s official social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram; and get an insider access to all the fun happenings at SM Supermalls nationwide through SM’s Viber Public Chat. Tweet your thoughts, upload and share your photos about your memorable moments at SM, then use its official hashtag #EverythingsHereAtSM.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Marriott Manila Spreads Bounteous Luck this Year of the Fire Rooster

Treasure and Tradition

In celebration of the biggest festival in the Chinese Lunar calendar, Marriott Manila ushers in the Year of the Fire Rooster with a chest box filled with three traditional delicacies: Tikoy (Nian Gao), Radish Cake (Lo Bak Go), and Taro Cake (Wu Tao Gao).

Executive Chinese Law Wui Wing made sure these delicacies are prepared in the most flavorful and authentic way. The round-shaped 750-gram Tikoy, with a classic sweet taste symbolic to the Chinese culture as it means “higher year”, attracts wealth and luck throughout the year. Likewise, the 500-gram radish and taro cake slices are made using prime ingredients from Hong Kong. These cakes signify good fortune and prosperity.

The elegant red oriental box—whether shared to others as it symbolizes an abundance of luck and prosperity, or placed at the center of your New Year celebration—is available for only Php 1,388 at Marriott Café Bakery, Crema, and the newly-opened Man Ho Chinese restaurant.

Man Ho’s Feast of Good Fortune and Infinite Happiness 

Man Ho is also inviting you to make your New Year celebrations more memorable with a lavish 11-course feast. Choose from two set menus:

The Good Fortune for Php 36,888++ includes marinated radish and black fungus as starters, assorted barbecued meat combination with a covetous suckling pig, braised dried oyster with garlic and vegetables, braised fish lip soup with sea cucumber and black mushroom, sautéed clam meat and sliced chicken with celery chili sauce, steamed live tiger Garoupa fish, deep fried crispy chicken, stir-fried kai lan with ginger sauce, fried rice cooked in Fujian style, and desserts like sweetened red bean cream with dumplings, custard bun with egg yolk, and coconut pudding with red bean.

The Infinite Happiness Set for Php 42, 888++ includes appetizers like smoked fish and Japanese cucumber, roasted goose in Hong Kong style (a rare and first in Manila), roasted suckling pig, braised conpoy with dried oyster and vegetables, braised fish maw soup and shredded duck, sautéed scallops with asparagus in X.O. sauce, steamed live pink Garoupa fish, poached seasonal vegetables with salty egg and preserved egg, fried rice with diced chicken and salty fish, sweetened red bean cream with dumplings, steamed custard bun with egg yolk, and coconut pudding with red bean.

Make your reservations to catch these set menus from January 28 to February 11, 2017.

The Year of the Fire Rooster is looking very auspicious at Marriott Manila and the best way to start it is through a ceremonial dragon and lion dance on January 29 at 5pm. Join the celebration to attract good spirits and push negative energies away!

For inquiries, call (02) 9889999 or visit To keep up on the hotel’s latest offerings, follow @marriottmanila at Facebook, Twitter, and Snapchat; and @manilamarirott on Instagram.

Dine, Drink, and Be Pampered Like Ms. Universe at Marriott Hotel Manila

Are you confidently beautiful with a heart? If you are, mark your calendars because as early as January 16, you can dine, drink, and be pampered like a beauty queen at Marriott Hotel Manila!

A Taste of the Universe at Marriott Café

Have a taste of the best cuisines the universe has to offer at Marriott Café. In addition to the splendid array of food in its numerous stations, Marriott Café is offering a taste of the countries that brought home the coveted crown: Mexico’s grilled skirt steaks with tortilla and guacamole, Angola’s arroz de coco e papaia with piri-piri marinated shrimps (rice with papaya and coconut milk), USA’s Texas style BBQ ribs with Mac and Cheese, Venezuela’s Chivo en Coco (goat in coconut stew with rice and fried plantains), Colombia’s Tamales with Hogao (marinated pork wrapped in corn meal with Colombian tomato salsa), and Philippines’ Binacol (chicken soup cooked in tamarind and coconut juice). Great conversations with your family, friends, or business partners will surely revolve around these dishes for dinner at P2,100 per person. 

Queen Bee Set Menu at Cru Steakhouse

Wear your elegant evening dress or gown and dine at Cru Steakhouse with its Queen Bee Set Menu: Salmon Carpaccio (salmon gravlax, beetroot salad, and horseradish cream) for appetizer, a hearty soup of Sweet Corn Velouté (organic vegetable fajitas and chive oil), Fillet Mignon (seared foie gras, rosti potatoes, mushroom ragoût, and blueberry sauce) for main course, and Ube Maclair (purple yam macaron, chantilly jellied dalandan coulis, Good Shepherd ube cream, and pili nut crumble) for dessert. This special menu for P3,000 nett is definitely fabulous in every bite!    

 Marriott Café Bakery’s Crown of Confidence and Decadence

Don’t wear it. Eat it! It’s a slice of what it feels to reign as the most beautiful for only P205 nett. The crown of confidence and decadence is a tiara made of moist chocolate cake, salted caramel chocolate ganache, rolled fondant, silver dragée, isomalt blue stone, and handmade pastillage.

Ms. Universe Cocktails at the Greatroom

Fancy a mix fit for a queen? Find the “sash of cocktails” that fit you best, strike a pose, and toast it with friends. The Greatroom serves Ms. Congeniality for P375, Ms. Photogenic for P345, The Runner Ups for P375, The Queen for P360, and Beauty and Brains for P280. 

Ms. Universe Viewing Party at the Hotel Lobby at 8:30 a.m. on January 30 

The party continues with a live telecast of the most beautiful day in the universe. With wit and grace, gather your girlfriends and indulge with every bite and sip as you watch every winning moment of the competition on January 30. If your choice for Pia Wurzbach’s successor is right, you and your Ms. Bulgaria will an overnight stay at a Premium Room of the newly-opened West Wing where you can pamper yourselves in its luxurious amenities complete with fresh cocktails and sumptuous bar chows.  

All these are a confidently beautiful experience you shouldn’t miss. At Marriott Hotel Manila, you will dine, drink, and be treated like a beauty queen.  

For more information, please call 988 9999 or visit To join ongoing conversations, like, follow @marriottmanila on Twitter and @manilamarriott on Instagram.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Active Life Chicago PT Opens Clinics on different branches

The Philippines has always been lagging in a lot of things. Fashion, infrastructure, and medicinal breakthrough. This is the main reason why a lot of rich people go abroad to have their pains and illness taken cared of. We don’t have the latest technology nor do we have an advanced know how on what really works and what doesn’t. 

Dr. Ronald Samaniego realized this predicament and decided after over a decade of gaining experience and knowledge in Seattle that the Philippines is where he wants to practice what he has mastered when it comes to physical therapy. He is a doctor of physical therapy who have over 10 years of experience. He also went through one of the most painful things that can happen to your muscle which is an ACL and so he knows what it is like to be on the other side of the fence. 

This is why Active Life Chicago PT was put up. Dr. Ronald Samaniego believes that even when you are going through physical therapy, one can maintain an active lifestyle. He encourages movement and not just letting your muscles rot. He also believes that with the right program, almost anyone can recover from pain and bring back muscles that may have atrophied. 

Active Life Chicago PT currently has over 10 clinics all over the metro which makes them easy to access for commuters. It can be quite challenging for the regular people who simply commute when specialty clinics are located in areas that are hard to get to without a car. This is one of the considerations that Active Life Chicago PT kept in mind and so they put up clinics in Mandaluyong, Quezon Avenue, Caloocan, Alabang, Nuvali, Bulacan, Binondo, Fairview, Makati, BGC, Antipolo, Pasay-Buendia, and Pampanga. 

The good news for HMO holders (Cocolife, Maxicare, Medicard, PhilCare and ValuCare (subject to insurance approval) is that Active Life Chicago PT accepts them. However, they need to abide by the rules and regulations of the specified HMO. Active Life does not use hot packs, TENS, or ultrasound therapy. These are traditional methods that do not bring out results. Active Life is all about results and they want to see it within 3 sessions. As such, they only accept stroke patients within 6 months of the stroke because the longer it takes, the more impossible it is to be treated. 

Active Life is not a miracle worker. They simply apply the latest technology and listen to what the patients complain of. They have video proofs on their Facebook accounts, client testimonials, and paying celebrities who believe in them. For those who are experiencing pain, chronic or otherwise, call call (02) 997-5704 or (0977) 292 2215 for a location near you, and for cost inquiries.