Friday, June 30, 2023

Power Mac Center SM Mall of Asia Apple Premium Partner Store Opening

Power Mac Center (PMC) is hitting a new milestone with the opening of another Apple Premium Partner (APP) store by revamping its branch in the biggest mall in the country—SM Mall of Asia. 

This is the first-ever APP store in any SM mall in the country, the start of many other APP stores in SM malls. The newly upgraded branch at the 2/F SM Cyberzone is expected to deliver an extraordinary shopping experience to loyal customers and Apple fans in the metro.

Power Mac Center is the first—and remains to be the only—official Apple Premium Reseller in the Philippines authorized to open APP stores. With 103 locations nationwide, it has grown to be the go-to store of students, professionals, and entrepreneurs for everything Apple.

Everything Apple, all in one place.

“Apple Premium Partner” is Apple’s newest and highest distinction of reseller retail stores globally. APP stores carry a minimalist, modern, and contemporary design in line with Apple’s premium aesthetic.

Like others with the same distinction, PMC’s APP stores offer a comprehensive line of Apple devices and accessories; host daily group demos on various topics for free; and have an in-house service team for convenient premium repair services. This aims to give customers the complete Apple experience and empower users with the knowledge and skills needed to maximize their full potential.

Deals and promos available at SM MOA APP

Everyone is invited to come to celebrate the SM MOA APP store opening and take advantage of huge deals and discounts! Special offers on Apple devices, accessories, and services are available during the entire opening weekend (June 30-July 2, 2023), including the following:

  • Up to P15,000 off on select Apple products
  • Up to 80% off on select accessories
  • Up to P1,000 extra credit on your trade-in value when you trade in your current device
  • Free iPhone case for every purchase of any iPhone 14 series (June 30 only)
  • Free screen protector for every purchase of an iPhone 11, 12, 13, or 14 series (June 30 only)
  • P15,000 off with Citi Mastercard Credit card using 0% Citi PayLite for 24 months, minimum single-receipt of P40,000 (June 30 only)
  • 10% discount with Metrobank credit card using 0% installment for 24 months, minimum single-receipt spend of P60,000
  • P1,000 worth of GCs with RCBC Bankard using 0% installment or Buy Now Pay Later for 12 months, minimum single-receipt of P30,000
  • P15,000 off with UnionBank Mastercard Credit card using 0% installment for 24 months, minimum single-receipt of P40,000 (June 30 only)
  • Free diagnosis and non-repair services on June 30, up to 50% off on diagnosis and non-repair services from July 1 to July 2

*Terms and conditions apply.

How can customers participate in the FREE in-store group demos?

The Power Mac Center SM MOA Apple Premium Partner store will be offering in-store group demos daily at the selling area absolutely free for everyone. Among the themes to cover are:

How to manage multiple projects with Mac

How to create a more personalized experience and capture beautiful memories with an iPhone

Apple Watch as a companion to your iPhone

How to be more productive, have fun, and get creative with an iPad

Visit the store to be updated on schedules and future topics.

What else can visitors expect?

In addition to these deals and freebies, customers joining the grand opening can participate in pocket games and demos throughout the day for a chance to win exciting prizes.

At 5 PM, fans can attend live demos on using iPad, featuring illustrators Issa Barte and Gianne Encarnacion.

To cap off the celebration on June 30, Power Mac Center is bringing back the fan-favorite Sync Sessions, wherein beloved bands and artists serenade the audience using music made in their Apple devices. Fans of Filipino electropop rock band Gracenote and OPM rock band Imago are in for a treat, as they stage a special performance at 6:30 PM.


“Close to three decades in this business, and Power Mac Center is still as driven to evolve consumers’ premium shopping experiences with our brand. These back-to-back Apple Premium Partner store openings allow us to reciprocate the overwhelming support from customers all these years. We’re looking forward to doing more and giving more for this very passionate community of Filipino Apple fans.” —Joey Alvarez, PMC Director of Product Management and Marketing

“SM Mall of Asia is the biggest mall in the country, so having an Apple Premium Partner presence in this location is a wonderful opportunity to showcase all that we can. Everything you need for your digital lifestyle and everything we have established until this point, we are proud to offer in this one-stop shop. We’re ready to welcome all you creatives, educators, tech-lovers, and gift-hunters out there.” —Anna Cabanos, PMC Director for Sales

“Having our premium repair and maintenance services available at the SM MOA Apple Premium Partner store makes it more convenient for customers to get the holistic Power Mac Center service they deserve. When you find yourself in need of technical support or even just advice, you know that you can always count on PMC’s Mobile Care Service Center. We’re here to help.” —Jim Laguio, PMC Director for Service, Warehouse and Logistics 

Thursday, June 29, 2023

“Nice Card, Nice Rewards” with GoTyme Bank

Every shopping experience begins with a motivational “Treat yourself!” to hype us up for a round of spending. But the excitement tends to be short-lived when our self-spoiling activity makes a dent in our bank accounts. From launching a 5% p.a. base savings interest rate that allows clients to Go Save faster without any limits or conditions, the Gokongwei Group’s GoTyme Bank offers next-level banking by making guilty shopping a thing of the distant past with Go Shop—a permanent feature of the bank that allows you to earn Go Rewards points when you shop using your GoTyme Bank Visa Debit Card, a sleek and sexy card that allows you to shop—and earn points for it.

Recently, GoTyme Bank launched “Nice Card, Nice Rewards”, a campaign that highlights the endless possibilities you can have with your GoTyme Bank Visa debit card.

“We live in a highly globalized economy defined by advancements in technology, business, and banking. Consumers around the globe have turned to quick and easy methods of doing everyday transactions,” Co-CEO Albert Tinio stresses. “With Go Shop, you can earn, enjoy and share special rewards with your family and loved ones anytime you want. Here at GoTyme Bank, we bring together the convenience of debit cards and the benefits of reward points into one sleek and stylish card.”

Points Wherever. Unlike other cards that only offer niche rewards, GoTyme Bank made sure that you get rewarded for every swipe or tap of your GoTyme Bank Visa debit card. In a country where rewards are mostly offered by credit cards, GoTyme Bank’s debit card is one of the very few that offers rewards for every purchase. Both local and international transactions will allow you to earn Go Rewards points - making it one of the best debit cards in the country.

Points Boosted. From huge rewards to huge returns, GoTyme Bank wants to make sure your hard-earned money is well-spent. With 3x Go Rewards points with every purchase from partner merchants like Robinsons Supermarket, The Marketplace, True Value, and Toys R Us, each cent becomes worth spending because you know you’ll be getting a lot back.

It was also announced that Caltex joined as a partner merchant - giving drivers a more rewarding drive when they gas up. Now, GoTyme Bank account holders can also enjoy up to 2x the points for every Php 300 when they gas up and pay using GoTyme Bank. 

Points to Cash. On a final note, ever wonder how to enjoy your Go Rewards points? With GoTyme Bank, earning and claiming your rewards become equally exciting: redeem your Go Rewards points as cash, which will be debited directly to your GoTyme Bank Everyday Account, straight on the app, or spend your Go Rewards points in any of the GoTyme Bank partner merchants! To maximize your purchasing power, you may choose to transfer the cash proceeds from your Go Rewards points redemption from your GoTyme Bank Everyday Account to your Go Save Account and earn 5% p.a. interest with it, which you can use in the future to pay bills or save for big purchases. Also, because the points that you earned will never expire, it becomes possible to reuse money you already spent and purchase the things you’ve only been dreaming about—like a cool gadget, nifty appliance, or a luxury piece you’ve always wanted to have.

GoTyme Bank CEO Nate Clarke shares, “This card doesn’t just bring good looks, this card also delivers on substance. And in particular, it delivers rewards and travel. Usually, debit cards don’t have rewards. At GoTyme Bank, that’s not the case. Our partnership with Go Rewards makes our Visa debit card the most rewarding in the market.” 

Download the GoTyme Bank app or go to any kiosks nationwide to open your own GoTyme Bank account in under 5 minutes. Visit to get more news and information. Follow @gotymebank on social media for the latest updates and promos.  

Wednesday, June 28, 2023

Kim Seon Ho's The Childe

The highly anticipated debut movie of Kim Seon-Ho, "The Childe," is set to captivate audiences as it premieres in Philippine cinemas nationwide on July 5, 2023. Following its successful release in various countries, the film has garnered exceptional reviews and proved to be a blockbuster hit.

The movie tells the heart-pumping chase story of an amateur boxer who is of mixed Korean and Filipino (Kopino) heritage. Kang Tae-ju, a talented K-drama actor, portrays the protagonist who faces the struggles of life in Manila while caring for his ailing mother. Driven by the desire to reunite with his father in Korea and build a better future, Tae-ju's efforts to locate his father through a local agency have been unsuccessful. Suddenly, a delegation from South Korea arrives, disclosing that Tae-ju's father, the chairman of a prosperous business empire, wishes to meet his long-lost son before time runs out.

As Tae-ju embarks on a journey to Seoul, he finds himself accompanied by an enigmatic assassin, played by the renowned K-drama star Kim Seon-ho. The true intentions of this mysterious character remain unclear, leaving Tae-ju and the audience in suspense, questioning whether he is an ally or adversary. 

Excitement awaits fans of Kim Seon Ho, renowned for his role in "Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha," as the Philippines shines in this highly anticipated blockbuster, bringing delight to Filipino audiences. 


Fans are raving about the moments in the movie where Kim Seo-Ho speaks Tagalog lines. 

Officially distributed in the Philippines by CreaZion Studios and Glimmer Productions, "The Childe" promises a thrilling cinematic experience that combines gripping storytelling, exceptional performances, and cultural significance.

For more information and updates about "The Childe," please visit @creazionstudios on Facebook, @thecreazionstudios on Instagram @wearecreazions on Twitter, and official website:  

#LovethePhilippines, Philippines’ Love Letter to the World

On the celebration of the golden year of the Department of Tourism (DOT), President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr., together with Secretary Christina Garcia Frasco and other officials, led the unveiling of the country’s enhanced tourism campaign “Love the Philippines” as the highlight of the Department’s 50th founding year celebration at the iconic Manila Hotel, Tuesday (June 27)

Proudly presenting “Love the Philippines” to a crowd composed of former DOT chiefs, officials and employees of the Department's central and regional offices, heads of government agencies including Cabinet Secretaries, house representatives, tourism stakeholders, and the media, Secretary Frasco described the enhanced campaign as timely for the DOT’s golden anniversary celebration.

“As we cap the last fifty years of the DOT and welcome this new era of tourism for the Philippines, it is but right that we welcome this opportunity to reintroduce the Philippines to the world,” Secretary Frasco said.

“Love the Philippines goes to the very heart of every single Filipino with the distinct grace and hospitality with which we welcome every guest that comes to our shores, our communities, and our homes. Love the Philippines is a recognition of our natural assets, our long and storied history, our rich culture and diversity,” she said while noting that there is so much more to the country than “the fun and adventure” that has so far been articulated.

“The Philippines is a powerhouse of mega biodiversity, being only one of 18 mega biodiverse countries in the world, a deep well of culture and history, a profound burst and taste of flavor and gastronomy, a tapestry of indigenous peoples and creative communities by whose work of their hands have safeguarded the dignity and integrity of the Filipino identity. This is who we are. These complexities and nuances of the Philippines have yet to be fully articulated to the world for indeed, the story of the Filipino has yet to be fully told, and we shall tell that story by telling them the story of love. Love the Philippines,” Secretary Frasco said.

PBBM’s unequivocal support

Gracing the milestone event for Philippine tourism, President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. expressed his utmost support for "Love the Philippines", saying that the enhanced tourism campaign “springs from the genuine love that you, me, and all of us have for the Philippines.”

“And what better way to express that love than by directly incorporating it into our country’s newest tourism campaign slogan, Love the Philippines. This new branding which we unveil today will serve as our guidepost for the Philippine tourism industry moving forward. Allow me then to express my sincerest appreciation to Tourism Secretary Christina Garcia Frasco and for the DOT team, because aside from the promotion of the country’s tourist destinations, the campaign that you have conceptualized aims to enhance the overall experience of every travel, including in that list of targets is to promote regional products, build more infrastructure for the ease of travel, and champion green movements, among others,” the President enthused.

Adjusting to the post-pandemic tourism landscape and changing trends

With the everchanging global tourism landscape post-pandemic, and the growing desire of travelers for more immersive experiences in their travels, the DOT viewed the enhanced brand as a timely response to the demands of the industry.

In a recent survey conducted by the United Nations World Travel Organization (UNWTO) among its member countries, market repositioning, and rebranding strategies are among the priorities identified after the pandemic based on its Survey Findings on Member Priorities for UNWTO program of work 2024-2025.

With an enhanced tourism campaign in tow, the DOT’s focus now is to show more of what there is to “Love the Philippines” as it works towards realizing President Marcos, Jr.’s vision for the country to become a tourism powerhouse in Asia.

“Indeed, if we are to compete with our neighbors in our effort as well to partner with them for Asia to become a powerhouse tourism region in the world, the time has come for us to add to the value proposition of the Philippines by telling the world how much more we have to offer,” Secretary Frasco said.

“We have multiple facets of tourism destinations that present a golden opportunity for we have only scratched the surface thus far,” she added.

Rosy prospects for Philippine tourism

According to Secretary Frasco, the world has “the world has noticed that there is so much to love about the Philippines.”

This, is as the Philippines has recorded 2,641,993 visitors from January 1 to June 26, 2023, and is close to breaching the 2.65 million arrivals it recorded for 2022.

Further, the tourism sector is regarded as a stalwart regarding its contribution to gross domestic product (GDP). According to the 2022 Philippine Tourism Satellite Accounts (PTSA) 2022, the Tourism Direct Gross Value Added (TDGVA) share of the sector to the Philippine economy, as measured by the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), was estimated at 6.2 percent and amounted to PHP 1.38 trillion in 2022.

The Philippines is also seeing a boost in tourism-related enterprise employment, with 5.35 million estimated tourism employment last year.

As she rallied their support for the DOT’s vision of showcasing the best of the Philippines to the world under the Marcos administration, the Secretary said: “As we usher in this golden era for tourism, for our fellow Filipinos, for our beautiful country, let us find it in our hearts to have that burning pride of place for the Philippines, to Love the Philippines, to usher us into the continued recovery and vigorous comeback of the Philippines to the world.” 

Tuesday, June 27, 2023

Eden Cheese encourages Almusalo-salo on National Cheese Day

Breakfast moments tend to get rushed or even neglected with the return of face-to-face work and classes. That’s why on National Cheese Day, Eden brings breakfast back to Filipinos by preparing easy, creamy, and delicious dishes that the family can enjoy together while sharing lasting love and joy throughout the day.

Last June 2, Eden held their National Cheese Day Event at Trinoma Activity Center with over a hundred people in attendance, including celebrity mom Iya Villania and celebrity chefs Chef RV Manabat, Chef Boy Logro and Chef Ylyt Frixiah Manaig.

During the event, Eden Brand Manager, Jiselle Reyes, spoke about how even hectic mornings can still become special moments for families to enjoy together. With simple yet special meals made with love and creamy Eden cheese, the brand encourages moms and families to spend special breakfast moments together again, so that they can begin their day in an exceptional way. 

“Eden wants to bring breakfast back and show Filipinos that even in these rushed mornings, a meal as simple as even just a slice of Eden in hot pandesal is enough to make mornings special and start off the family’s day on the right foot.” she shares. 

To inspire moms to be more creative when preparing breakfast, the chefs shared their favorite breakfast recipes using Eden cheese through fun and engaging cooking demonstrations. 

Vlogger and chef, RV Manabat demonstrated a quick and easy recipe for Ham and Cheese Roll-Ups, emphasizing the joy of creating dishes that are not only delicious but are also very creative and can be enjoyed by the whole family. 

Another hit was Chef Boy Logro's five-ingredient breakfast, Cheesy Fried Rice: a classic Pinoy breakfast staple with a unique and creamy twist – at a cost that will not break the bank.

In addition, Chef Ylyt Frixiah Manaig shared her own take on the trendy, Egg Drop Sandwich, showcasing how creating special breakfast doesn’t need to take time – sometimes all you need is 10 minutes. You can check out more Eden recipes at

Over 100 guests came to join the National Cheese Day celebration. Aside from the celebrity chefs, also in attendance were media groups, foodies, and mommy content creators who were welcomed with interactive Eden breakfast activities such as the Do-It-Yourself Breakfast featuring an Omelette Station, Pancake Station, and Bread Station where attendees prepared their own version of a hearty breakfast with Eden cheese. 

There was also a booth for Apron Customization as well as a Content Creator Studio enabling attendees to personalize their experience and share their breakfast creations using the hashtag #MagEdenAlmusalosaloNa. 

Starting June 15, Eden will also be bringing breakfast closer to the Filipinos through their Almusalo-Salo Barangay Caravan where they will be giving away the classic Pinoy breakfast staple, pandesal, coupled with the delicious and creamy taste of Eden cheese, to 180 barangays across GMA (Greater Manila Area) and Luzon. Aside from that, lucky participants during the caravan will also get a chance to win Eden goodie bags through a raffle draw.

As part of this delightful breakfast campaign, Eden Cheese encourages everyone to bring back the joy of almusalo-salo with easy, creamy, and delicious breakfast dishes made with Eden cheese. 

For more information about Eden Cheese and to also find a wide selection of appetizing breakfast dishes, please visit our website at Stay updated with the latest news, recipes, and promotions by visiting our Facebook account Eden Cheese. Together, let's embark on a delightful breakfast journey with Eden. 

Monday, June 26, 2023

Level-up Content Creation Game with the Canon PowerShot V10

Canon today announced the PowerShot V10, a new video-centric concept camera designed for smartphone natives.  With its slim, ergonomic form factor and seamless, high-quality footage, the PowerShot V10 marries Canon’s imaging technologies with a pocketable design.

“We are extremely delighted to officially launch and bring the Canon PowerShot V10 to the Philippine market. This video-centric concept camera is a true testament to Canon’s commitment to offering the best video products that meet the constantly evolving requirements of vlogging enthusiasts, content creators, YouTubers, gamers, and influencers to level up their social media game through high-quality videos,” said Benny Yu, Head and Director of Consumer Imaging and Information (CII) Division, Canon Marketing (Philippines), Inc.

“With the exciting and unique features of the Canon PowerShot V10, we are confident that this content creator-focused camera will again be a crowd favorite amongst serious vloggers and everyday content creators,” Yu concluded.

Small in Package, Big on Content

Beneath its petite 9cm-long body, the PowerShot V10 is a video content creation powerhouse. An integrated retractable, tiltable stand unfolds to provide tripod-like support whenever and wherever you need it: no more scrambling for random supportive objects that leave you with little control over your angles! There is also a built-in large-diameter three-element microphone that cancels noise and produces clear, high-quality audio, perfect for creating videos with that ASMR (Autonomous sensory meridian response) effect.

It's your new 3-in-1 content creation kit essential for anything from travel vlogging, breakdancing demos, and cinematography experiments, to on-location live streams. It fits in a small bag with room to spare, along with your smartphone, earbuds, and power bank.

Superior Image Quality 

Canon's EOS imaging technology allows the PowerShot V10 to produce stunning, low-noise footage with vivid colors, even in low-light venues with “romantic” mood lighting. Get ready to impress your audience with clear and beautiful footage from the PowerShot V10.

Easy Creation Regardless of Skill Level

With various shooting modes that include auto and manual exposure, and as many as 14 color filters, the PowerShot V10 is equipped to help you achieve your ideal results regardless of your skill level or the extent you intend to edit your footage. You can experiment with different camera angles using the tilt-type monitor, which lets you see and adjust high- and low-angle shots comfortably.

Autofocus will prove to be a breeze even for beginners: While Face Tracking AF automatically detects and keeps your face in the frame, you can also switch to Specified Frame AF to focus on wherever you tap. 

The new Movie Auto ND filter automatically turns the built-in 3-stop ND filter on or off according to ambient brightness. Now you can record perfectly exposed transitions from the dim indoors to the sunny outdoors in one smooth take!

The ergonomic vertical grip provides both right- and left-handers with a comfortable, stable hold, perfect for trying out new transitions or taking long handheld videos such as virtual tours of your travel accommodation.

Designed for ease of shooting, the lens’ wide angle-of-view lets you record yourself with your friends and the background behind you, all from a natural, non-outstretched arm position. 

With 14 kinds of aspect ratio markers, you can be ensured that important elements are always perfectly framed even when your video is to be edited for different sharing platforms.

Easy Livestreaming

The PowerShot V10 supports real-time delivery methods such as live streaming, which can be done directly to Facebook or YouTube via the Camera Connect app without the hassle of complicated settings. This can be achieved even when you are out and about: simply tap on your smartphone’s mobile network directly.

Alternatively, you can also use the PowerShot V10 as a webcam via the plug-and-play USB-C connection.

Canon PowerShot V10 Local Pricing and Availability

Create high-quality content and level up your social media content with the new Canon PowerShot V10 which is locally priced at Php 29,998 and comes with FREE SanDisk 64GB Extreme® microSD™ card – Extreme speeds for fast transfer, app performance, and 4K UHD video and FREE DVL KAIROS BAG from Straightforward – this exclusive package is available until supplies last*

Get yours today in all Canon Image Squares, Concept Stores, Canon Online Flagship Stores, and select authorized dealers nationwide! 

Follow Canon Philippines on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube to stay updated on all the latest news and announcements this year. 

Experience the Ultimate Family Bonding at F1 Hotel Manila's Hotpot Buffet

Last Friday, my family and I had the pleasure of indulging in a culinary extravaganza at F1 Hotel Manila. Let me just say, it was a celebration worth remembering! 

The occasion? My husband's post-birthday dinner, is a perfect excuse for our little family to come together and dine like there's no tomorrow. And boy, did F1 Hotel Manila deliver!

The highlight of the evening was undoubtedly the Hotpot Buffet. With three enticing soup options to choose from – the aromatic laksa, comforting chicken broth, and tangy tom yum – our taste buds were in for a treat. Speaking of laksa, it was a revelation! Bursting with rich, creamy flavors, I couldn't resist going back for seconds, thirds, and yes, even six bowls. Don't worry, I've got no regrets when it comes to good food!

Now, let's talk about the star of the show – the array of fresh ingredients. From delectable chicken balls to succulent lobster balls and delicate fish tofu, F1 Hotel Manila left no stone unturned in providing a diverse selection of flavors. And for all the meat lovers out there, the tender cuts of pork were simply divine. To balance out the feast, a colorful assortment of fresh veggies was also on offer, ensuring a wholesome and satisfying meal for the entire family.

But it wasn't just the food that impressed us. The staff at F1 Hotel Manila were attentive, going above and beyond to make our dining experience unforgettable. From their warm welcome to their prompt service, they made us feel like true VIPs. As a busy mom, having a team of dedicated professionals taking care of the details allowed me to relax and fully immerse myself in the joyous atmosphere.

As the rain poured outside, creating a cozy ambiance, our family bonded over shared laughter, heartfelt conversations, and the pleasure of discovering new flavors together. It's in these moments that you realize the true value of family time. F1 Hotel Manila provided the perfect backdrop for us to connect, celebrate, and simply enjoy each other's company.

Now, let's talk about value for money. The Hotpot Buffet at F1 Hotel Manila is a steal! With its exceptional quality, attentive service, and sheer variety of dishes, it offers an experience that is truly worth every peso spent. As a savvy mom who's always on the lookout for the best deals, I can confidently say that F1 Hotel Manila delivers on both taste and affordability.

If you're ready to embark on a culinary adventure with your loved ones, I highly recommend checking out F1 Hotel Manila's Hotpot Buffet. It's the perfect destination for family celebrations, gatherings with friends, or even a special night out. To make reservations and discover more about their offerings, simply give them a call at 8928-9888 or visit their website at 

Monday, June 19, 2023

Review of Sweet Tooth in BFRV, Las Pinas

A week ago, we ended up checking this little nook inside BFRV, Las Pinas. It's located along BFRV Drive and the yellow signage outside makes it pretty hard to miss. 

My Mom would love the interior because it's yellow. It's very cozy and homey. It's also not overly decorated so it's not hard on the eyes. 

The drinks are very aesthetic. If you want something IG-worthy or reel-worthy, this is definitely it. They also did not scrimp on the ingredients and you get more for your money. 

Thankfully, the taste was also on point. You can even ask to lessen the sweetness which I did for my son's drink since he's only three and it was 9pm already. 

I'd definitely recommend this place to anyone who wants to have something sweet and good. The milk tea, the coffee, the smoothie, and the overall drinks were just a joy to have. Definitely for the sweet tooth. 

For those who don't like sweets, don't fret. They also have soda drinks that were really good to have. They also offer snacks so I'd say this is perfect for merienda, brunch, and late-night runs.

Experience The Future of Play at the new LEGO® Certified Store at the Shangri-La Plaza

The newest LEGO Certified Store (LCS) has now opened at Shangri-La Plaza last June 18, featuring the brand’s latest store design and new experiences – exemplifying its new ‘Retailtainment’ concept offering interactive play and fun for more LEGO® collectors nationwide. Erected under Ban Kee Trading, Inc, this expansion marks a significant milestone in the company’s history, with considerable fanfare and loyal LEGO enthusiasts who flocked to Shangri-La Plaza for the exclusive gifts with purchase, available only on the opening day itself.

Ban Kee Trading, Inc, a prominent name in the Philippine toy distribution scene for over three decades, has long been a trusted provider of brands like LEGO in the country. With their commitment to quality and passion for play, it was only a matter of time before they took their partnership with LEGO to the next level by opening a certified store under its name and management.

When asked about what makes this particular store special, Justin Bautista, Sales and Marketing Head of LEGO Certified Stores at Ban Kee Trading, Inc. said, “This is the first new retail platform LEGO Certified Store in the Philippines, which has a whole new modern and futuristic look and feel to the store's interior, designed with unique features not found in other stores.”

Here’s what makes it the modern and futuristic paradise it’s described to be:

THE CURATED STALLS: Explore, Touch, and Interact

Among the new features include the curated stall, an area with opened LEGO sets that visitors can touch and interact with. For this season, LEGO is all about the Ninjago sets, so customers can get a firsthand look and touch of the exciting and action-packed sets. Furthermore, an LED TV also shows details about the presented items and products in the stall.

THE DISRUPTOR BAY: Engage with Intricate Model Set Details 

This dynamic unit offers a range of exciting opportunities for customer interaction and extended dwell time. With its uniquely oversized moveable magnifying glass feature, visitors can explore the intricacies of meticulously crafted built sets from various angles, immersing themselves in the finest details. 

BUILD A MINI-FIGURE (BAM): Create Your Own LEGO Mini Figure

The new LCS features BAM or Build a Mini Figure where customers can customize LEGO mini-figures.  They can even make it look like themselves or their loved ones, matching their hair color, facial features, and clothes as closely as possible to real life. This way, LEGO fans can bring home a piece that is truly close to their hearts (and looks!).

THE DIGIBOX: Unleashing the Power of AI

An AI-powered monitor that instantly displays and animates onscreen any LEGO set a customer scan has also been installed. Simply scan any LEGO set you have on hand, and watch as the Digibox brings the set to life through the power of AI animation.

To learn more about the LEGO Group and Ban Kee Trading, Inc, check out, follow the LEGO Certified Store on Facebook and Instagram, and Ban Kee Trading, Inc on Facebook & Instagram or visit the LEGO Certified Store nearest you. 

Sulit Pizza and Pasta Sarap with Greenwich G! Savers

On a tight budget but G for a food trip? We’ve got you covered! Greenwich—the number one pizza chain in the country—is introducing G! Savers which offer value-for-money, delicious snacks for your everyday pizza and pasta cravings. Starting at P59, G! Savers lets you experience what ‘sulit pizza and pasta sarap’ is all about while staying on top of your budget. 

For students, people-on-the-go, working adults, or anyone on a budget, you can enjoy Greenwich treats that make up the G! Savers such as the new Lasagna Supreme® Snack Plate for only P89, Ham and Cheese Pizzawrap for P59, and Spam® Hawaiian Pizzawrap for P99. If you fancy their classic pizza and pasta combo, you can also go for the Pizza Value Meal D, for only P79. Also included on the G! Savers line is the go-to bite-sized snack of kabarkadas, the Potato Waves® with dip, for only P69. 

“With G! Savers, everyone is in for a treat because puwede nang araw-arawin ang sulit pizza at pasta sarap. Whether you’re a student on a tight budget or simply budget-conscious, G! Savers is here to save your day,” said Ali De Torres, the head of marketing of Greenwich.  

Pizzawrap may not yet be available for our kabarkadas in Visayas and Mindanao, but don’t fret as you can still avail of the other G! Savers offers, such as the Lasagna Supreme® Snack Plate! 

Friday, June 16, 2023

Weekend Hot Pot with KBBQ at F1 Hotel Manila

Weekend or not, the best time of your day should be in the place you choose to be! F1 Hotel Manila invites you to make your eating time worth the trip!

F1 Hotel Manila indulges you to savor an eat-all-you-can Hot Pot with an array of fresh ingredients of your choosing! And what's more, this comes with unlimited KBBQ conveniently cooked for you by our chef! Available every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM until August. Get the limited-time-only online exclusive offer of a 30% discount when vouchers are purchased at

The Canary also offers a variety of cocktails and refreshments for you to enjoy while you unwind your stresses in the heart of the city! K-cocktails and Unlimited Soju Shots are a must-try when making the best of your time relaxing at F1 Hotel Manila.

F1 Hotel Manila offers you the best city experience you can find within the heart of Bonifacio Global City. Don't miss out on creating happy experiences! For inquiries and reservations, please call 8928-9888 or visit 

Thursday, June 15, 2023

Save for the rainy day with Mr. Hat Gulaman

Faced with the rising cost of living and higher prices of goods and services, many of us are faced with the challenge of stretching our hard-earned money, finding new ways to earn extra, and tucking in some savings for the rainy day.  

For teenagers who wish to augment their allowances, part-time jobs are usually their first option. But what if they need to babysit younger siblings while their parents are at work? Or what if they need to study for an exam? For senior citizens who wish to find stuff to do to alleviate boredom and still earn on the side, what are the options?

Why not tap Mr. Hat Gulaman and make and sell made-to-order jelly? It is fun and easy to make, Mr. Hat Gulaman jelly powder and other ingredients are inexpensive, it is affordable for most households, and most of all, it is delicious. Jelly is everyone’s comfort food and traditional party food. It could also be an everyday meryenda or sweet ending to lunch, baon or dinner.

Food is always something everyone needs. For busy families, happy food such as a colorful jelly on the table can lift moods and put smiles on their faces. The humble jelly or gulaman is a happy dessert that will always be welcomed on Filipinos’ tables.

Teenagers and their lolos and lolas can bond over this home-based “business.” While earning pocket money and adding to their savings, they also get to make memories that they will treasure for the rest of their lives. Plus, lolos and lolas can pass on their traditional jelly recipes to their teenage apos. Or they can check out meryenda recipes on the Mr. Hat Gulaman website and make them together.

Bonding and earning over Mr. Hat Gulaman jelly desserts

The first and third generation can learn from each other with their joint made-to-order jelly side business. Teenage apos, for example, can lead the “branding” and “marketing” side of their “business” through social media posts or messages to their target “markets” - relatives, neighbors, classmates, friends, parents’ co-workers. 

The first generation - lolos and lolas - meanwhile, can supervise the “production” side. This includes choosing ingredients such as Mr. Hat Gulaman’s various flavors, making gulaman following traditional recipes everyone grew up with or following Mr. Hat Gulaman’s recipes, and ensuring every dessert is made with love, care and proper hygiene.

Both can come up with the initial capital, work on the packaging, pricing, and delivery.

Taste test using Mr. Hat Gulaman

Now it’s time to let people know of your side business! Make gulaman and bring some to your target market and have them taste your products. Take lovely photos of the yummy meryenda and eye-popping, colorful desserts and post them online! Post photos and videos of lolos, lolas and apos making the gulaman, too. 

What are the favorite gulaman meryenda and desserts we all love? Some love plain, wiggly jelly in different flavors and colors. Some love cathedral window jelly or gulaman made with milk and colorful jellies. Some love gulaman made with fruits in season. Some like gulaman with coffee flavor. Crema de fruta and jelly pudding are also all-time favorites.

Mr. Hat Gulaman jelly powder flavors include buko pandan, mango, orange, lychee, strawberry, grape, and coffee. Mr. Hat Gulaman’s unflavored gulaman comes in black, orange, yellow, white, red, and green colors.

Bring some gummies in different shapes, themes, colors, and flavors for everyone to try. These are perfect office snacks to nibble on, fun baon for kids, and even party favors. 

Go with Mr. Hat Gulaman

To ensure quality, pick Mr. Hat Gulaman as your primary ingredient for your made-to-order jellies, flans, puddings, and gummies. 

Mr. Hat Gulaman is a product of the Philippine-based food and beverage company Seanluc, Inc. Its jelly powder is made from the finest natural seaweed extract and a unique blend of carrageenan, sugar, flavorings, and colorings. Carrageenan is a type of seaweed-derived ingredient that is commonly used as a gelling agent in food products. 

Purchase Mr. Hat Gulaman at Lazada, Shopee and other retail stores nationwide.

For more updates and details, visit the Mr. Hat Gulaman Website. Follow Mr. Hat Gulaman on TikTok and Facebook.  

Sunday, June 11, 2023

Review of Dragon Wok Palace in BFRV, Las Pinas

To say that I was happy when I learned that a Chinese restaurant has finally opened inside BFRV, Las Pinas is an understatement. Normally, we'd have to go to Luk Food in Moonwalk or Hap Chan in Pamplona. It's not too far but it's still better to have something just inside the village. 

We didn't immediately visit Dragon Wok Palace because people were swarming since it was newly opened. I figured that I'd give it a month before I go and visit so that the initial hype would have already died. 

Yesterday, we visited the place. 

I love that it's pretty spacious for a restaurant inside BFRV, Las Pinas. High ceiling, spacious seatings, and an overall nice aesthetic. I have no complaints about the look and feel of the place. 

We ordered quite a number of food because I wanted to have a really good idea of how they compare to the food I've had in Binondo growing up as well as the ones served in Macau and Hong Kong. 

This was a good thing to see. It felt like I was in a restaurant in Binondo which is always a good sign. The nuts, the tea, the utensils dipped in hot water, it all felt like home. They even had black vinegar. 


The Seafood Spinach soup was so good. It was legit, It was creamy. It was GOOD!

The hot prawn salad was served in a plate that I have never seen in a Chinese resto which was a little disconcerting but one bite was enough to tell me they had their hot prawn salad game on. It was a delight. 

The sweet and sour pork also tasted good though I personally would have preferred just a bit more sauce. The pork itself was good and I enjoyed the dish. 


The noodle was great, the actual noodle and the beef but the soup was very lacking. It felt like a watered-down version of what a beef brisket noodle should be which was surprising because it really looked promising. If you will order this, lower or manage expectations. 

The beef hofan (dry) was also okay but that was the main problem for me. It was just okay. It wasn't good, it wasn't bad, it was just okay. 

The cold cuts were disappointing, especially for the price point. It was one of their expensive dishes but it was really lacking. The jellyfish was meh, the chicken and the lechon macau, pretty okay, while the asado was definitely not the Chinese asado I expected it to be. 

The oyster cake was BLAH. I don't even know how to describe this because it was just so BLAH. If it was a color, it would be white. Plain. Nothing significant. Nothing amazing. 


Service needs to improve. While I understand that they have only been operating for more than a month only, it can also be said that it has been a month already. Basic Chinese service should already be in place but it still wasn't and the staff still looked like scared interns. 


I had the misfortune of being visited by a baby cockroach during our stay and when I pointed it out to one of the owners, she went to our table, had a look, and proceeded to kill the baby cockroach WITH HER BARE HANDS. Splat. And that was it. 

I'm sorry but beyond the bad service and some poor-tasting dishes, this was the one that really turned me off the most. After all, they are in the food business where cleanliness is one of the most important things and she just killed a baby cockroach with her bare hands. 


Overall, Dragon Wok Palace inside BFRV, Las Pinas seemed like a good place to eat if you are craving Chinese food but maybe give it a few months more or so for them to improve service, food, and cleanliness. 

Would I go back? If I'm able to get out the image of the lady killing the cockroach with her bare hands out of my head, maybe? For now, it'll be a hard pass. After all, Luk Foo and Hap Chan are both not too far away. 

Again, this is all based on my experience when I visited and all opinions are just that, my own.