Saturday, October 19, 2019

Seafood combinations you should try at Seafood City

Seafood combinations at Seafood City Paluto all you can...

Nothing beats freshly cooked seafood to whet the appetite! Perfect for ulam or pulutan, seafood dishes make gatherings even more festive and fun as you dig into its meat with your hands.

Lucky for you, these delicious dishes are all included in Seafood City's Paluto-All-You-Can which you can enjoy for only P848 per head (lunch); P888 (dinner) at the Venice Grand Canal in McKinley Hills, Taguig; P797 per head (lunch), and P848 (dinner) at the Cebu branch.

If you don’t know where to start, Seafood City has rounded up its best combinations with their staple offerings:

Stir Fry Scallops with Veggies + Steamed Pompano with Tausi

For the veggie lovers out there, this combo is perfect for you! Light and packed with nutrients, the Stir Fry Scallops are filled with garden fresh cauliflower and broccoli, crisp carrot slices, and steamed scallops. Complementing it is the Streamed Pompano with Tausi, which is topped with savory flavors and a hint of spices of the sauce from the combination of chili garlic, soy sauce, and crushed tausi.

Salted Egg Shrimp + Salt and Pepper Calamari

The perfect pair to munch on with a glass of sub-zero beer, the Salted Egg Shrimp and Salt and Pepper Calamari are both packed with flavors, making them instant crowd favorites. Seafood City has elevated the shrimp’s natural flavors with a unique sauce made out of salted egg yolk, butter, and milk. Meanwhile, the Salt and Pepper Calamari is showered with slices of chives, red and green bell peppers.

Sinigang na Salmon + Black Pepper Crab

Sinigang is a classic Pinoy staple that can definitely be paired with any dish. But at Seafood City, they are elevating this Filipino comfort food by loading it with chunky salmon cuts. Balance the tanginess of the Sinigang na Salmon with Seafood City’s signature dish, the Black Pepper Crab, with its exciting flavors from its sweet crab meat to its addicting peppery sauce.

Other combinations you can try with a cup of steamed rice are Salted Egg Shrimp + Black Pepper Crab, Salt and Pepper Calamari + Stir Fry Scallops with Veggies, or Sinigang na Salmon + Steamed Pompano with Tausi.

There are indeed many options you can choose from at Isla Sugbu Seafood City. To know more, visit their website at or follow them on Facebook and Instagram @islasugbuseafoodcity

Super luxury resort to open in Siquijor by 2020

A super luxury resort featuring 250 well-appointed rooms built within a 20-hectare property is set to open in the island of Siquijor by 2020. The new development is a landmark project of 8990 (HOUSE) through its newest subsidiary 8990 Leisure and Resorts.

Adama Resort Siquijor boasts of its own private white sand cove and top-notch amenities that highlight the natural beauty and topography of Siquijor. The master plan includes a central foyer that highlights the island’s natural scenery; rooms that are expertly designed to take advantage of natural light enhanced by the use of relaxing earth tone colors; and luxury cabanas beside Siquijor beach’s crystal clear waters. These masterfully designed amenities will be complemented by an exclusive butler service.

The  new development marks the company’s first venture in the luxury resort category. According to 8990 Leisure and Resorts president Lowell Yu, the pioneering development will tap the relatively undiscovered tourism potential of Siquijor island who natural landscape that can rival some of the most popular tourism destinations in the country. He adds that Siquijor’s pristine reefs, white sand beaches and its reputation as a mystical island has captured the imagination of tourists who have visited the province. Yu is the man behind high-end membership shopping chain Landers Superstore, Popeyes Chicken, Kuya J, Isla Sugbu Seafood City and the iconic Grand Convention Center of Cebu.
Located in the Central Visayas region, Siquijor boasts of virgin white-sand coastline, clear turquoise waters, pristine reefs and enchanting waterfalls and caves which  offer a more exclusive and exciting version of a getaway. It was previously called Isla de Fuego by the Spanish due to the warm glow from the fireflies in the molave trees of the island.

8990 Leisure and Resorts is the newest subsidiary of 8990 Holdings Inc., the largest mass housing in the country listed in the Philippine Stock Exchange as HOUSE. Adama Resort Siquijor is the first of the 10 new hotels and resorts of 8990 (HOUSE). All of which are expected to be completed before 2023 and contribute around P3.00 billion of additional recurring revenue to 8990 Holdings Inc. (HOUSE).

HOUSE generated record revenue of P7.01 billion and net income of P2.82 billion in just the first six months of 2019. Adama Resorts is set to open in the 2nd half of 2020, setting up the stage for its other luxury hotel Kura, and its urban hotel Argo. Together with Adama, these hotel and resorts are set to support the growing key tourist destinations of Palawan, Cebu, Boracay, Davao, Iloilo, Siargao, Baguio and Metro Manila.

For the first time, Top-Ranked NCAA Division 1 golf coaches in Manila to scout junior golfing talent

Junior golfers in the Philippines will get a chance this December to showcase their game and talent and possibly get recruited to some of the best universities in the world!
DreamBig Events, a sports events company dedicated to providing a positive, motivating and challenging platform for young athletes living in Asia to improve their sporting skills is bringing world-class golf coaches for the first time in Asia. Its Gold Series Golf Camp, headlined as The Road To U.S. College Golf, is open to junior golfers aged 12 to 18 years old and will be held at the Orchard Golf & Country Club on December 17 and 18, 2019.
Golf Coaches from topmost schools in the US NCAA Division 1 – UCLA (University of California – Los Angeles), Columbia University and UC Berkeley – will run the two-day golf clinic while actively watching the young golfers participate in the 2-day FCG Golf Tournament.
At the camp, campers will experience guided range and short game sessions that will allow them to sharpen their practice and pre-tournament routines. They will be given instruction that will help them expand their course management skills and prepare them for competition, as well as expose them to US coaching styles and competition at a higher level. The camp is limited to 30 participants only to enable personalized and customized instruction for each athlete.
“This is an exceptional opportunity for young golfers to interact with world-class coaches and glimpse the future of how their game can evolve and take them to places they’ve never been before. Learning under these top-calibre coaches is a privilege that only a few can experience, and to have them right here in Manila to train and teach them is a big advantage in terms of savings on time and travel expenses,” said Akshay Maliwal, Founder and CEO of DreamBig Events.
Maliwal explained that the camp opens up the pathway to college golf in the U.S., which in turn will help athletes develop their athleticism and prepare them to compete on the world stage while they become a legitimate part of the US College athletics ecosystem.
“These camps do not just hone young athletes’ skills, they introduce and familiarize athletes with the college recruiting process and lets them experience, even for two days, a day in the life of a college athlete at a top academic and athletic university,” Maliwal added.
DreamBig Events has been working with coaches from top NCAA Division 1 and Division 3 universities such as Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Columbia, UC Berkeley, UCLA, University of Pennsylvania, Brown, New York University, Tufts and Carnegie Mellon University, Claremont-Mckenna, Johns Hopkins University, among others, for the last three years.
“Asia, the Philippines in particular, is rich in golfing talent that only needs to be discovered and honed. All young talents need is one big break to change their lives and put this region on the world map of golf. It all begins in camps like these. And because our camps offer a wide array of activities, campers have fun as they learn all the good stuff,” Maliwal said.
Interested participants may register now at

Friday, October 18, 2019

Back-to-back kiddie treats await at SM this October!

SM kicks off Kids’ Month with a grand royal celebration ‘Super Kids Day 2019’ at SM Southmall. 

Kids, rejoice!

SM Supermalls holds its annual Kids’ Month, a month-long celebration featuring a series of fun events and activities that are perfect for the young and young-at-heart.

"We aim to build a family-friendly community where everyone, especially the kids, can have a one–of-a-kind shopping and entertainment experience. Kids’ Month is our way of letting kids be themselves and enjoy their childhood in our malls," said SM Supermalls senior vice president for marketing Jonjon San Agustin.

Here are top 5 kiddie treats to look forward to at SM this October:

1. Music of the World. As part of the annual UN celebration, SM celebrates diversity with Raise Your Flag happening from October 8 to 24 featuring cultural song and dance presentations as well as colorful display of national flags from around the world!

2. Colors of the World. From the saris of India to the kimonos of Japan, kids can join and flaunt their national costumes at the Colors of the World Contest for a chance to win SM gift certificates from October 11 to 25. Shop for different costumes and sweets at Fang-tastic Alley at SM from October 18 to 31.

3. Zombie Mob Dance. Are you crazy for zombies? Be sure to catch and dance with the zombies around the mall on October 31.

4. Halloween treats. Kids can also join a fun trick-or-treat at their favorite shops at SM from October 30 to 31. Kids who come in their “too cute to spook” costumes have a chance to win special prizes on October 31.

5. SuperKids Game. To unveil more surprises, kiddos can play the SuperKids Royal Dash Facebook Filter Game from October 5 to 31. Simply scan the QR code posters located in select areas in the mall and Toy Kingdom branches for a chance to win amazing treats!

For more information, check out, or its Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts: @smsupermalls.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Early detection still the best defense vs. breast cancer

(L-R) DOH cancer control program manager Dr. Clar Cairo, PBCS president Dr. Victor Gozali, 
breast cancer survivors Bibeth Orteza and Melissa de Leon, and host Suzie Entrata-Abrera discuss the importance of breast cancer prevention and intervention during the Pink Ribbon for Breast Cancer.

The Philippines is  one of the countries with the highest incidence of breast cancer in Asia.  The country has been in the list for years because the disease continues to affect a lot of Filipinos, young and old, male and female.

“Breast cancer cannot be prevented but the risk can be lowered by changing our lifestyle. Despite this, it still affects a lot of people, young and old, male and female alike. Our best defense is still early detection. This is the goal of our Pink Ribbon Campaign - to promote breast cancer awareness and early detection,” said Dr. Melanie T. Cruz, secretary of the Philippine Breast Cancer Society.

Pink Ribbon for Breast Cancer is an annual event held in observance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The opening activity was held at the Event Center of SM City San Lazaro, and was spearheaded by the Philippine Breast Cancer Society (PBCS) and SM Cares, the corporate social responsibility arm of SM Prime Holdings, supported by the Department of Health (DOH). 

Attended by hundreds of women, advocates and volunteer doctors, this year’s Pink Ribbon for Breast Cancer focused on educational talks and sharing of experiences by breast cancer warriors. DOH cancer program head Dr. Clarito Cairo conducted a talk on the importance of breast cancer awareness, and at the same time taught women how to detect and be protected against the risk.

“Every year, the number of patients suffering from breast cancer continues to rise. This is why we hold the Pink Ribbon for Breast Cancer yearly, to continue educating women that early detection and early intervention is very important,” said SM Cares Program on Women & Breastfeeding Program Director Bernadette Velasco.

Celebrity Suzi Entrata-Abrera hosted the event, and inspirational talks from film director Bibeth Orteza and actress Melissa de Leon, well-known breast cancer survivors, were featured. Free clinical breast examination was also administered by volunteer health professionals.

Pink Ribbon for Breast Cancer was also held at the event center of SM City Telabastagan.

The Philippine Breast Cancer Society, founded in 2009, is a medical organization dedicated solely to the management of breast cancer. Its members are made up of doctors under different specialties who are kept up-to-date on breast cancer management through annual Breast Cancer Symposium.

SM Cares aimed at supporting the communities where its malls are present. Other SM Cares initiatives for women include institutionalizing breastfeeding stations across all SM Supermalls nationwide as part of its program to provide breastfeeding mothers the convenience and privacy in nourishing their babies. Last August, SM Cares Program on Women supported Breastfeeding Pinays and DOH in the annual celebration of “Hakab Na!” in observance of Breastfeeding Awareness Month.

To know more about SM Cares, you may visit,, or e-mail

Saturday, October 12, 2019

World Vision, DSWD distribute 66,000 sacks of rice to Marawi crisis-affected families

World Vision, in partnership with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the government of Taiwan, held a rice turnover in Region 10, donating 66,000 sacks of rice to at least 620 families affected by the Marawi crisis.

“This is just the first batch. In the coming days, more families will also receive the 30-kilogram sack of rice,” shared World Vision’s Executive Director Rommel Fuerte, reiterating the organization’s support to the on-going response, especially to the well-being of the affected children.

The 66,000 donated sacks of rice will support the Food Assistance Project of the Philippine
government, which aims to alleviate food shortage and enhance access for food of affected families.

World Food Programmes’ December 2018 report shows that food gap remains at 73.30%. In
response, the social welfare department under the Bangon Marawi Comprehensive Rehabilitation and Recovery Program (BMCRRP) distributed cash grant of P73,000 (US$ 1,400) comprising of P20,000 ($ 385) for Livelihood Settlement Grants (LSG) and P53,000 ($ 1,019) for the Transitory Family Support Package (TFSP) to 15,615 families from the 24 Most Affected Areas (MAAs) but both DSWD and Task Force Bangon Marawi recognized that there is still a need for food support.

Still coping from the aftermath of the armed conflict

Two of the first to receive the rice were 43-year old Imran and 27-year old Saadia. Imran and his family have been living in temporary shelter for several months now. He used to be a furniture dealer, earning somewhere between Php10,000 to Php13,000. Today, he relies on his two older children who had to go to Manila to look for money.

Saadi, meanwhile, had to leave her two children under the care of relatives. She and her husband only have their 2-year old son, Anuwar, with them. With unstable source of income, both families struggle to make ends meet. A gantang (approximately 3 kilos) of rice alone costs around Php100 to Php120.

"That looks ok but if you don't have a hundred pesos, that's expensive. Most families here eat twice or once a day, sometimes not at all. That's why when we received news that we will be given a sack of rice, we were happy. This is a big help for us," Imran said. Saadia also echoed Imran’s gratitude, noting that she will have food for her son Anuwar in the coming days.

Jerry Cheng-An Chuang, Director of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in the Philippines assured their commitment to supporting the people of Marawi during the rice turnover ceremony.

"To the people of Marawi, you are not forgotten. We will always be by your side to render a helping hand,” he said.

"We would like to thank the Government and people of Taiwan for this very kind gesture of
friendship and solidarity with the Filipino people. In trying times like these, it is comforting to know that we are not alone in facing these tribulations," Mari-Flor Dollaga-Libang, DSWD Region X Director said.

Aside from the government agencies of Philippines and Taiwan, World Vision is also supported by Wan Hai Lines for the said project.

The 5-month long Marawi armed conflict which started on May 23, 2017 has displaced at least 350,000 people, according to the Disaster Response Operations Monitoring and Information Center of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DROMIC-DSWD). Days after the clash, World Vision launched its emergency response and has so far reached 48,000 individuals, including 25,000 children through its multi-sectoral interventions.

Customize your child’s play with PROMIL® FOUR’s Pop-up Theatre kit

In every family, each child has a unique personality and interest. And as a parent, you’ve probably observed that one kid may happily play with toys, while another one can spend hours drawing with a pencil, sketching to his heart’s content.

Luckily, there is an easier way to nurture your child’s gift! Introducing PROMIL Four’s Pop-up Theatre book, a customizable kit that allows kids to play and learn at the same time. Avail this kit with every purchase of PROMIL® Four 1.8kg in select stores nationwide.
And because PROMIL® Four believes that nurturing the gift starts with discovering it, the book is best paired with PROMIL® Four’s Spot the Gift test (, a tool that is designed to help parents discover their child’s innate gift.

According to Aci Bornea, mother of two girls, PROMIL® Four’s Pop-Up Theatre is truly one-of-a-kind. “I know that PROMIL Four is there with me every step of the way as it consistently nurtures the gifts of my little ones. Through this book, I was surprised that my girls were able to come up with a story almost in an instant,” she said.

Meanwhile, Berlin Domingo loves how her son’s talent shines as he goes through the pages of the Pop-Up Theatre kit. “With such a keen interest in visual arts, he readily invented a story out of the figures. And he must have been so inspired with his new toy that in our next homeschool activities, he drew plenty images seen in the book,” she noted.

Once moms retrieve the results from PROMIL® Four’s Spot the Gift test, it is easier to tailor-fit the pop-up theater according to your child’s particular gift. The book includes drawings of Intramuros in Manila, Chocolate Hills in Bohol, Mt. Apo in Davao, and a little kid’s bedroom filled with toys and books.

Children will surely have the most memorable experience playing with this Pop-Up Theater kit as it encourages creativity and imagination.

Be it art, dance, music, or theatre, PROMIL® Four continuously enables parents to help nurture their child’s gift, so they can bring out the best in them.

PROMIL® FOUR believes that every child is born with a gift, and they deserve nothing but the best care to help nurture that potential for their success. Customize your child’s playtime depending on his unique gift with PROMIL® Four’s “My Little Play: A Pop-up Theatre” kit.