Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Yahoo! Technostorm

Yahoo! Technostorm expo launches today

Brings the latest technology and gadgets to Filipino users


MANILA, 26 NOVEMBER, 2012 – Today, Yahoo! announced the launch of Technostorm – an on-ground exposition featuring cutting-edge products and services from leading global and local brands. This includes Microsoft, Smart Telecom, Nokia, HP, Epson, Sony, Wi Tribe, PLDT, Sharp, Sun Cellular, LG, Samsung, Lazada, Globe and Phillips.

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Hosted by Yahoo!, the expo runs from November 26 to December 2, 2012, and accessible to anyone who is a technology enthusiast. Filipinos can now visit the Technostorm expo to experience the products, watch demos, attend the tech talks and hear from the experts before contemplating on making a purchase.

Technostorm began with a “Virtual Expo” on Yahoo!, featuring the up-and-coming products and services of the country’s leading tech, telecommunications and connectivity brands. Utilizing Yahoo!’s rich media solutions, the brands created an interactive web page complete with product information, drive-to-site links, video features and a full preview of the gadgets before bringing these online experiences to the Filipinos on-ground.
“Technostorm is a celebration of all things tech. Yahoo’s digital capabilities provide a unique platform for Filipinos to explore, discover and understand the world of technology, and bring them face-to-face with gadgets and devices that create connectivity,” said Arlene Amarante, Country Ambassador and Sales Director of Yahoo! Philippines.
“At Yahoo!, we are always looking for creative ways to connect people with what matters most and are committed to bring inspiring and entertaining experiences to our users.” Amarante concluded.

About Yahoo!

Yahoo! is focused on making the world's daily habits more inspiring and entertaining. By creating highly personalized experiences for our users, we keep people connected to what matters most to them, across devices and around the world. In turn, we create value for advertisers by connecting them with the audiences that build their businesses. Yahoo! is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., and has offices located throughout the Americas, Asia Pacific (APAC) and the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) regions. For more information, visit the pressroom ( or the company's blog (

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Chile Launches the Filipinos’ Smiles for the World


Chile Launches the Filipinos’ Smiles for the World



Chilean Ambassador Roberto Mayorga could be one of the most passionate champions forFilipino character. Last year, the Embassy of Chile, the University of Santo Tomas, and the University of Asia and the Pacific organized and concluded the first calidad humana national narrative essay writing competition entitled “Breaking the Ground: A Life Well Spent”. More than 150 entries were received from students, ages 15 to 30, all over the country. From the 150 entries, a preliminary panel of judges selected 30 entries, which went through final judging in order to select the three (3) essays whose subject persons of the corresponding narrative were deemed most representative of the Filipino strength of character, resiliency, and cheerfulness.

The wealth of good to excellent essays from the first competition has encouraged the organizers to hold a second competition, for school year 2012-2013, Smiles for the World. This time involving photos depicting the Filipino capacity to manage life’s challenges with elegance, cheerfulness, fortitude, and an unmistakable expression of these human qualities in one’s countenance and demeanor. The number of organizers has been expanded to include, joining the Embassy of Chile, UST, and UA&P,the Embassy of Brazil, University of the Philippines, the Ateneo University, the De La Salle University, the Cultural Center of the Philippines, Coca-Cola Philippines, McDonald’s, and The Philippine Star.

“Smiles for the World”, whose Spanish origin is, “Sonrisas para el Mundo”, is intended to showcase through the medium of photography and a short essay the delight of the Filipino smile as an expression of such human qualities as friendship, spirit of peace, steadfastness, open-mindedness, nobility of character, gutsiness, cheerfulness, optimism, sporting spirit, fortitude, magnanimity, resilience, endurance, and many others that portray a culture of excellence in the family, in school, at work, in the immediate community, and in society at large.

The cash awards are US$ 1,000 for first place; US$ 600 for second place; and $ 400 for third place. For more information, please visit

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

The Start of Perfect Christmas at SM City Sta Rosa



Its really beginning to look a lot like Christmas what with people beginning to decorate their homes with bright lights, Christmas wreaths, tinsels and Christmas trees. Shopping malls are starting to display colorful Christmas trinkets and jolly-old Santa Claus statues in various states of jolliness can now be bought at very affordable prices.

Budget conscious shoppers are already doing their preliminary shopping and little boys and girls are happily daydreaming of all the wonderful gifts they will be receiving on Christmas day. Gifts, Happiness, Love and Hope these are the ingredients of a Perfect Christmas.

SM Santa Rosa kick-started the advent of the holiday season by ceremonial launch of their Christmas centerpiece highlighting the theme “ A Perfect Christmas” last Nov. 10.

The North Pole inspired centerpiece featured gigantic polar bears, adorable penguins, giant snowflakes and glittery igloos. Shoppers can now create unforgettable moments by taking souvenir photos with their friends and loved ones as SM Sta. Rosa’s newest attraction.

Super Voice , a manila based group of performers, added a merriment to the occasion via a musical play which painted a picture, through songs and dances, of what a perfect Christmas should be. Aside  from the launching  of the Christmas centerpiece, SM likewise launched their official Merry ChriSMs jingle as performed this year by the Vonn Trapp Children of the famous Vonn Trapp Family from the hit musical The Sound of Music.

The main highlight of the event was when SM Administration employees handed out gifts to the orphaned Children from Bahay Parola, Santa Rosa’s City’s local orphanage, as well as the disadvantaged children under the care of the local DWSD.

“We wanted to do something new this Christmas season, to make a difference even in a small way that’s why we had to orphaned and go to the less fortunate children as well”. said Pamela Baun, SM City Sta Rosa’s Public Relation Officer.

Sta Rosa City Vice Mayor Arnel Gomez graced the event together with Brgy  Tagapo Chairperson Marietta Bartozola as well as provincial and local officials.

All 48 SM Malls launched their holiday centerpieces simultaneously in jam packed events, each emphasizing the various symbols of Christmas in South Luzon, SM  Muntinlupa’s Christmas centerpiece showcased Santa’s Christmas Castle while SM Calamba and SM San Pablo highlighted Christmas Candy Land and Christmas Village respectively.

The perfect Christmas Centerpiece will be on display at SM City Sta Rosa grounds until the 1st week of January 2013.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Famous MOCHI SWEETS Now in Manila!


Famous MOCHI SWEETS Now in Manila!

For me Japanese chocolates are more tempting than what we have been flooded with the Western chocolates. They are the one who brings dark chocolate and make it known especially in Asian markets.

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Banking on Filipino’s sweet tooth and penchant for embracing food from around the world, the wildly popular MOCHI SWEETS has made its way into the local food scene and is sure to create a mochi craze as seen in Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore and China.

“Mochi” is a well-loved Japanese rice cake made from glutinous rice flour pounded into shape. Mochi Sweets has taken this traditional dessert further by creating small balls of luxurious and flavorful cream and wrapping it in chewy mochi skin.  Think dessert dumplings with frozen cream or mousse in the center and a mochi covering made with just the right thickness, moistness and stickiness.

Business partners Jason Yap and Samatha Paz chanced upon Mochi Sweets in their trips to Malaysia and Vietnam and saw the store drawing huge crowds. Both only in their early 20s but with entrepreneurial exposure from their parents, they decided to write to J Sweets in Hong Kong and were soon awarded the official franchise for Mochi Sweets in the Philippines.

Garry Cheng, President of J Sweets was in Manila to grace the unveiling of the first Mochi Sweets store in the SM Mall of Asia. He was very excited for Filipinos to try Mochi Sweets. He says their dessert is superior to other desserts which loosely uses mochi but don’t produce the right texture and experience. Cheng offers a clue on how premium their product and standards are: “We learned from Japan. We had a Japanese chef who creates these delectable concoctions for us and we use only 100% Japanese mochi.”

Just looking at the cute and colourful balls of Mochi Sweets neatly placed in its classic gift box and you understand why it has earned raves abroad. “First impression counts,” says Jason Yap, president of Mochi Sweets Philippines. “Mochi Sweets first tempts you with how it appeals to the eyes. But the real pleasure is the taste and experience once you bite into it. This is because Mochi Sweets is made from the best ingredients. There is meticulous control to ensure consistency of quality. We do not short-change our customers. We aim to satisfy each customer and make them enjoy life’s simple indulgent treats.”

Hence, the real test is resisting the urge to sink your teeth into these decadent sweets. Mochi Sweets comes frozen and you have to wait 10-15 minutes for it to thaw before you can bite into its gummy goodness. But unlike those with ice cream filling, Mochi Sweets is not prone to messy meltdowns as you eat it. It is also a perfect to-go or bring-home treat since it does not melt all the way through and will be thawed and just-ready by the time you meet your family and friends.

Jason Yap further shows how Mochi Sweets will be enjoyed: “We are a gifting society. A box of Mochi Sweets has 6 to 12 pieces and will definitely be a fun gift for sharing during those special moments and celebrations. Customers can pick different colors and flavors of Mochi Sweets based on the personality and preference of the lucky recipient and this makes each box of Mochi Sweets special and personal.”

Mochi Sweets indeed has a wide array of flavors – from the classic favorites to inspired special concoctions. Clear winners for chocolate lovers are the wickedly good Chocolate Mousse, Cream Chocolate and Dark Chocolate. Coffee aficionados will find delicious comfort in Caramel Macchiato. Kids and kids-at-heart looking for something wholesome will enjoy the fruity confections: Strawberry Mousse, Mango Yoghurt and Honey Lemon Cream. Those who want something different and exotic can try Sakura (or cherry blossom, which is very popular in Japan), Green Tea and Durian Mousse. Currently, Mochi Sweets offers 17 flavors and will continue to dish out cool and yum variants that will make customers think Mochi Sweets when they crave for desserts and comfort food.

From the first Mochi Sweets kiosk in SM Mall of Asia (beside the Skating Rink), the team of Jason Yap and Samatha Paz will open three more Mochi Sweets stores this quarter. The next two stores will be at Robinsons Galleria and Eastwood Mall. They promise rapid expansion in 2013 with the biggest Mochi Sweets shop already slated at SM Aura which will open at BGC.


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Photo shows (L-R): Jason Yap, President of Mochi Sweets Philippines together with Garry Cheng, President of J Sweets Hong Kong; Paul Montserrat, SM MOA Building Admin Officer; and Margarita De Leon, Assistant Mall Manager during the launch of Mochi Sweets at SM Mall of Asia


Jason Yap (left) and Garry Cheng holding a box of Mochi Sweets that are now available in the Philippines

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Saturday, November 10, 2012

The Village People Live @ SMX “ Its More Fun in the Phils.”

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Ray Simpson is the lead singer and Cop of Village People.  From the days of the Village People film, Can’t Stop The Music, his voice can be heard on all Village People hits. Born and raised in the Bronx, Ray is proud to be labeled a “Native New Yorker.”  He is a graduate of City College, majoring in English and takes his minor in Music. Ray is a Capricorn, born on January 15th, and he proudly shares that date with Martin Luther King, Jr. With Muhammad Ali, Martin Luther King Jr. and Jesus Christ as fellow Capricorns.  What better sign could there be?
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When you heard their kind of music you cannot forget  “The Village People”. The YMCA, In The Navy , Can’t Stop the Music and many more seems to be undying and can be labeled as the music for all century the message still capture the mind and heart  of every individual young and old.,
They are coming in Manila on the 3rd time  their One and Only choice in the whole Asia as they are having their World tour.

Meet, Greet, and Hear their music once again live at the SMX Convention Hall this November 17, 2012.

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