Friday, July 21, 2017

Eat your way to healthy skin

Your skin is the window to your overall health. If you feel like your skin is dull and dry, it’s a good idea to take a closer look at what you’re eating because the state of your skin is largely a reflection of your diet. Achieve healthier, younger-looking skin by eating food rich in antioxidants, vitamin C and E, and essential fatty acids, among others.

“The skin is the largest body part of the body and one of the most vital ones. Aside from using skincare products, you can take better care of your skin by eating food that are beneficial for the skin such as salmon, berries, and green tea. In addition to eating right, healthy skin can be achieved through regular exercise and adequate sleep,” says MediCard president and CEO Dr. Nicky Montoya.

Here are some of the best food for glowing, healthy skin:

Green tea. “Green tea has numerous health benefits, especially for the skin. According to studies, drinking green tea also helps prevent skin cancer. We suggest drinking at least one cup of green tea daily to efficiently reap its benefits,” Dr. Montoya says. Drinking green tea also helps lessen facial redness. In addition to antioxidants, enzymes and amino acids, green tea also has anti-inflammatory properties that may help delay skin aging. It also flushes out toxins from the body, giving you clear and supple skin. Also, green tea improves blood circulation, which is essential for healthy skin.
Sunflower seeds. Rich in vitamin E and beta carotene, sunflower seeds keep the skin young and healthy. It protects the skin from free radical damage, helps diminish appearance of scars, combats UV rays, and delays onset of wrinkles. Sunflowers are packed with essential fatty acids that increase production of collagen and elastin, essential components for a smooth and soft skin.

Salmon. This superfood is rich in protein and omega-3 fatty acids which help the skin maintain its elasticity. Eating salmon also increases the skin’s ability to protect itself against the sun’s damaging rays. It also reduces inflammation and helps prevent skin cancer. Dr. Montoya recommends eating salmon three times a week for radiant skin.

Berries. Berries not only help keep you healthy, but they do wonders for the skin too. They are packed with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, vitamins, minerals, and flavonoids. “Opt for berries rich in colors like red, blue and black as these contain the highest level of antioxidants, protects your skin from aging and keeps your skin supple and hydrated,” says Dr. Montoya.

Greek yogurt. Full of essential nutrients and vitamins, Greek yogurt is not only good for the digestive tract but for the skin as well. It is an anti-aging food as protein from dairy is known to help skin become firmer. Eating Greek yogurt also nurtures vital cells, breaks down harmful cells and bacteria in the body, thus preventing wrinkles and giving you flawless, glowing skin. Furthermore, yogurt also increases good bacteria in the body, which help fight acne-causing bacteria.

Learn more on how to take care of your skin. MediCard has numerous free-standing clinics located in key cities nationwide that offer consultations, tests and vaccinations. Visit a MediCard clinic near you or check out for more information.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Four Japanese chefs showcase culinary expertise at Epilogue

In a country where food is a lifestyle and restaurants are more than just places for eating, foodies and casual diners are always seeking a new, unique, and exciting gastronomic experience. Newly-opened fine bistro, Epilogue at S Maison mall, meets these criteria as it fuses the dedicated Japanese approach with the fresh and vibrant flavors of a European style bistro.

With a friendly atmosphere perfect for intimate dining, Epilogue offers a refreshing take on the familiar and introduces diners to a new culinary journey.

At the heart of Epilogue are four seasoned chefs namely Tomohide Ono, Hayato Mitsuhashi, Minoru Sorimachi, and Kenji Ishihara – all Japanese in spirit and process but with a global culinary perspective. From fresh pastries made every morning to exceptional cuisine and cocktails in the evening, these Epilogue chefs will showcase their skills and kodawari – a Japanese way of life where one continuously learns and strives for excellence in their chosen profession – in a way that will surely delight Filipino diners.

Chef Tomohide Ono specializes in soft breads. While he has already delighted palates in Tokyo, Hong Kong, and Jakarta, he takes on a new challenge as he introduces his creations in Manila. At Epilogue, he offers a wide variety of breads using local ingredients that bring out the flavor of each item in his selection.

Chef Hayato Mitsuhashi’s expertise, on the other hand, is pasta and Italian food. He enjoys incorporating fresh seafood into his dishes, and is also into combining Italian ingredients like produce and herbs with Japanese flavors. His dishes, as Epilogue diners attest, are heavily influenced by his Italian training and Japanese heritage.

Meanwhile, Minoru Sorimachi had his early training 19 years ago as an apprentice at a teppanyaki restaurant in Ropponggi. 

His kodawari led to his evolution into a master of steak and teppanyaki. He has turned teppanyaki into a performance art where he is encouraged by the audience’s reactions. With experience from various steak houses in Japan, he is ready to share his craft to the Manila audience.

Last but not the least, Kenji Ishihara’s extensive knowledge of French pastries is rooted in his 23 years of experience working in Tokyo, Singapore, and Jakarta. His unique creations are a reflection of his love for sugar art and his exposure to a diverse culinary culture. His eclectic style in Manila is truly evident in the dessert creations now available at Epilogue.

With their extensive exposure to the food industry for over 20 years, these culinary geniuses are ready to take the Manila diners to a one-of-a-kind culinary journey—to be experienced only at Epilogue.

Epilogue is a brand of the Food Revolution Group. To know more about Epilogue, you may go to or visit Epilogue at G/F S Maison, Conrad Manila, Ocean Drive, Mall of Asia, Pasay City.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

When pain demands to be felt

By Macky Macarayan

Since its Manila premiere in 2016, during the World Premieres Film Festival, where it bagged the Special Festival Prize for its Universal Social Values and the Best Actress award for June Lojong, "Beautiful Pain" (originally titled "Redha") has since traveled the world, eventually being Malaysia's official entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 89th Academy Awards.

The film is a family drama that deals with the subject of autism, and tells the struggles of Alina (Lojong) and Razlan (Namron), as they come to terms with the discovery that their son Danial has autism (played by two young actors Harith Haziq and Izzy Reef). Marking her directorial debut, Malaysian filmmaker Tunku Mona Riza attacks the subject of autism with empathy, bringing to light a mental issue that is commonly misunderstood.

As "Beautiful Pain" returns to the Philippines for its theatrical run, PLM Film Society spoke with Tunku Mona Riza to know more about the film, and the journey it has taken so far.

PLM Film Society: What inspired you to tackle the subject of autism for your film?

Tunku Mona Riza: From a lengthy chat I had with a couple (who are my friends), whose daughter was diagnosed with autism. I knew them for a long time yet I don't know much about their struggle. My friend always says "if you don't live with one, you will never know." She is absolutely right.

PLM FS: What preparations did you make before and during filming, in telling the story of Redha/Beautiful Pain?

TMR: I spent two years of observation and research and (became a) part of two families who have autistic children. Out of seven days a week, I spend six days with them. Every time I am with them (the autistic boys), I video record them. I attend their therapy sessions and spent as much time as I can with them and their families. Like my friend once said "if you don't live with one, you will never know," hence the two years of being part of their lives.

PLM FS: Beautiful Pain was originally titled Redha. Could you explain a little bit about what "Redha" means?

TMR: Redha means to accept something, or situation, or person wholeheartedly without questioning the fate one is going through.

PLM FS: What was the perception of autism in Malaysia before and after your film came out? Were there changes that you've seen?

TMR: Before it was released, many aren't sure of what autism is, and after the film was released, the awareness was much better. Families living with autism said to me that the year "Redha" was released (2016), the awareness was brought to a greater new height that was never achieved before. During the release of my film, the changes I saw - well, many celebrities and a Parliament Minister came forward to say they, too have a child under this spectrum.

PLM FS: Aside from your home country, "Beautiful Pain" has also been shown abroad. How was the reception to the film? Did it vary per country?

TMR: The screening via film festival was very positive and encouraging. I realized that many could resonate to my film, irregardless of different backgrounds and nationality.

PLM FS: How did the film affect/change you as a filmmaker and as a parent?

TMR: Throughout the "Beautiful Pain" journey (from then till now), (it) has given a great impact to my personal life. It has made me more grounded, more humble and less judgmental towards any situation. I now appreciate small things than big things. Small achievements should be applauded. My kids and I have a much better relationship. My husband and I appreciate a simpler life, compared before. We always say this to ourselves - "if we are having a hard life, others are going through worse."

"Beautiful Pain" opens on July 19 at SM Megamall, SM North Edsa and SM Mall of Asia, in time for the National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation (NDPR) Week.

The film is produced by Current Pictures Sdn Bhd released thru Solar Pictures in the Philippines. This is also in partnership with Autism Society Philippines, The National Autism Society of Malaysia, SM Cares, and SM Cinema.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Make any Occasion Fun, Colorful and Vibrant with Villa Del Conte Ovicinis

Whether you’re celebrating birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, or just want to perk up your day, Villa Del Conte’s Ovicinis will absolutely make them more fun and vibrant! These delicious, candy-coated dark chocolates from Padova,

Italy are filled with premium hazelnut cream, promising a crunchy bite with a luscious finish. These little artisanal and pastel treats will definitely make your events extra special and enjoyable.

These yummy and colorful Ovicinis are available at all Villa Del Conte stores in Greenbelt 5, Century City Mall, Shangri-la Mall, Resorts World, SM Megamall, and Robinsons Magnolia.

For bulk orders and to know more, contact 893-2575 or 621-6101, or follow Villa Del Conte on Facebook @VillaDelContePh and Twitter @villadelconte, and their new Instagram account @VillaDelContePh, or visit

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Baskin-Robbins’ Amazing Welcome for Spider-Man: Homecoming

Yesterday , one of the most awaited film by the Marvel superheroes Spidermen the Homecoming was an amazing one though it shows high technology featured gadgets done by Tony Stark , the Iron Man who makes it computerized and more relevant with today's genre.

It gives emphasis on doing the best that you can do that would make one's dream a reality and risking even to the point of giving his own life which is the most ultimate sacrifice which will lead of becoming a hero .

Baskin-Robbins, the world’s most loved ice cream brand, welcomes the world’s
friendliest superhero, Spider-Man, with special offers to celebrate his latest big screen
adventure, the much-awaited Marvel blockbuster film, Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Buy a double value scoop of your favorite of Baskin-Robbins ice cream flavor and get a
free themed waffle cone upgrade! Promo runs from June 15, 2017 to July 31, 2017.
Baskin-Robbins pays tribute to the Spider-Man:

Homecoming film premiere with its July Flavor of the Month, Movie Theatre Popcorn, buttered popcorn flavored ice cream with crunch clusters and a salted caramel ribbon.

You can also celebrate the launch of your favorite Marvel film with Baskin-Robbins
delicious cakes. Choose from a wide variety of designs, shapes and sizes and ice
cream flavors, such as the new Cotton Candy n’ Cake, cake-flavored ice cream with
cotton candy ribbon and cotton candy flakes.

Celebrate with the rest of the world and join Baskin-Robbins in welcoming Spider-Man:

For more information and updates on Baskin-Robbins, check out
or their social media accounts:, Twitter, and Instagram


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- Laker Girls to Entertain Fans at NBA 3X Philippines Presented by AXA -

- NBA 3X Registration Begins Today at -

MANILA, PHILIPPINES, July 8, 2017 – The National Basketball Association (NBA) announced today that Steven Adams of the Oklahoma City Thunder, former NBA coach Reggie Theus, and the Laker Girls will attend NBA 3X Philippines presented by AXA from July 22-23 at the SM Mall of Asia Music Hall.  Registration for NBA 3X Philippines 2017 begins today on a first-come first-serve basis at and runs until July 14 or until all slots are full.

NBA 3X Philippines 2017 will feature 3-on-3 tournament featuring men’s and women’s teams of all skill levels as well as NBA entertainment throughout the weekend.  The 2017 edition of NBA 3X Philippines will begin with a preliminary tournament July 15-16 at Don Bosco Technical Institute Makati that will determine the participants in the finals at the SM Mall of Asia. Additionally, the league will conduct an NBA Cares clinic for 10-14-year-old boys and girls at the indoor court of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines College of Engineering on July 19

“I’m looking forward to meeting the Filipino fans and experiencing the country’s vibrant culture,” said Adams.  “I’m also excited to work with the talented athletes from across the Philippines at NBA 3X.”

“This will be my first trip to the Philippines, and I can’t wait to see the passion Filipinos have for the game of basketball,” said Theus.  “With the inclusion of 3-on-3 basketball in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, NBA 3X is a testament to the growth and popularity of the game internationally.”

“We are excited to partner with NBA 3X Philippines and see this as a platform to elevate 3-on-3 basketball in the country,” said Raul Hora, President and CEO of AXA Philippines.  “In the same way that we assist clients in making sound financial decisions, we look forward to seeing boys and girls of all ages showcase their skills, exhibit teamwork, and execute their gameplan to win on and off the court.  With Steven, Reggie, and the Laker Girls in attendance, this event is a great opportunity to provide the NBA experience to fans.”

The competitive 3-on-3 tournament includes divisions for boys (under-13, under-16, under-18, and open category), girls (under-16 and open category), an invitation only Celebrity Division featuring local personalities, as well as a new division exclusive to AXA employees and distributors.

Adams, a 7’0” center from New Zealand, was drafted 12th overall by the Oklahoma City Thunder in the 2013 NBA Draft.  He was selected to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team in 2014.  During the 2016-17 season, Adams averaged 11.3 points, 7.7 rebounds, and 1 block per game.

Theus was drafted 9th overall by the Chicago Bulls in the 1978 NBA Draft and selected to the NBA All-Rookie First Team in 1979.  A two-time NBA All-Star, Theus played 13 seasons in the NBA before playing internationally.  He was named head coach of Sacramento Kings during the 2007-08 season before becoming an assistant coach for the Minnesota Timberwolves from 2009-2011.  He is currently the head coach of Cal State Northridge in the NCAA.

NBA 3X Philippines 2017 is presented by AXA Philippines together with official partners CloudFone, Globe At Home and Globe Prepaid, Panasonic, as well as supporting partners SM Mall of Asia and Spalding.  Official NBA broadcasters for the event are ABS-CBN Sports and Action, Basketball TV, and NBA Premium TV.

All participants in NBA 3X Philippines 2017 will receive an NBA 3X jersey with special prizes for the winners of each division.  Registration fees for the age divisions run at Php 1,000 per team, while open divisions run at Php 1,600 pesos per team.

For more information on NBA 3X Philippines 2017 and the registration process, log on to and follow

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About the NBA
The NBA is a global sports and media business built around three professional sports leagues: the National Basketball Association, the Women’s National Basketball Association and the NBA G League.  The league has established a major international presence with games and programming in 215 countries and territories in 49 languages, and NBA merchandise for sale in more than 125,000 stores in 100 countries on 6 continents.  NBA rosters at the start of the 2016-17 season featured a record 113 international players from 41 countries and territories.  NBA Digital’s assets include NBA TV,, NBA App and NBA LEAGUE PASS.  The NBA has created one of the largest social media communities in the world, with more than 1.3 billion likes and followers globally across all league, team, and player platforms.  Through NBA Cares, the league addresses important social issues by working with internationally recognized youth-serving organizations that support education, youth and family development, and health-related causes.

About AXA Philippines
AXA Philippines is one of the leading and fastest-growing life insurance companies in the Philippines. It was borne out of the formidable synergy between Metrobank, one of the foremost financial institutions in the Philippines, and AXA, a global leader in insurance and asset management serving 107 million customers in 64 countries. At present, AXA Philippines has more than 800,000 lives insured and covered by individual policies and group life insurance. AXA Philippines has more than 3,000 financial advisers in 37 branches and 693 financial executives in 938 Metrobank and PSBank branches nationwide. In 2016, AXA Philippines entered the non-life insurance business with the acquisition of Charter Ping An, the 5th largest general insurer in the country.

Beautiful Pain

Director: Tunku Mona Riza

           Namron as Razlan
·         June Lojong as Alina
·         Harith Haziq as Small Danial
·         Izzy Reef as Big Danial

Genre: Family Drama


BEAUTIFUL PAIN is the first Malaysian film to tackle autism. In her feature directing debut, Tunku Mona Riza delivers a quiet, compassionate look at the condition which afflicts 1 in 160 children, according to the World Health Organization. Upon learning that their only son has autism, the parent's world suddenly crumbles. With hardly any knowledge about this condition, they struggle to confront the harsh realities of raising an autistic child.


Upon the discovery that their only son Danial has autism, Alina and Razlan's world crumbles as they struggle to confront the harsh realities of raising a child disabled by a condition they hardly knew about. Razlan’s inability to accept the truth causes friction within the family, but Alina’s perseverance and maternal instinct help wade through the difficult times in raising Danial. With her sister and close friend by her side, they may have found a way to improve Danial’s quality of life until a tragic accident causes the family to re-think its strategy.

MTRCB Rating: (to follow)
Running Time: 1 hour 54 minutes
Released by: Current Pictures Sdn Bhd thru Solar Pictures

Link to view TRAILER on YouTube:

“ABAH” (Father) Music Video from OST Beautiful Pain sung by monoloQue:

“IBU” (Mother) Music Video from Beautiful Pain sung by Umar Hasfizal:

Official Hashtags: #BeautifulPainMovie #RedhaMovie
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