Anne Curtis Is MMFF 2008 Best Actress

Anne Curtis bags this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival Best Actress award from the movie Baler. She never expected to win the award. Well, she has come a long way from a teenybopper actress to a certified best actress. Her TF will be higher in her next project, that’s for sure. The movie also won Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Phillip Salvador), Best Director (Mark Meilly) and Best Screenplay (Roy Iglesias). Though I haven’t watched the movie yet, i have heard some mixed reviews. Like for one, I heard a group of young people commenting about the tandem of Jericho Rosales and Anne Curtis. One of them said that it’s somewhat unrealistic because Jericho is too brown to portray the role of a Spanish soldier and Anne too fair to be a Filipina. I smirked at the thought. But they did choose the film as Best Picture so it must be very good.

Well, if I am going participate and watch this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival, I would watch Baler. The film is about forbidden love between a Spanish soldier and a Filipina at the time of the Siege of Baler when Spanish soldiers defended Baler against the Filipino soldiers for 337 days. What I am excited to see is the place itself -Baler, Aurora. I have dreams of going there after I’ve seen Baler’s beautiful beaches in a newspaper a decade ago. I’ve heard that Baler’s beaches is one of the ideal surfing sites. They say the waves go as nine feet. I would love to visit that place. Probably one of Echo’s favorite surf sites? He’s a surfer, I heard.

Baler, Aurora

Photo Credit: Riech02

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I Survived The La Mesa Ecopark Zip Line

While preparing for a somewhat death-defying stunt, I was humming a song in my head that goes “First I was afraid, I was petrified…”. But we know how the song ended – I Will Survive. Yes, I have conquered my fear of heights for a few minutes, thanks to a super-secure harness in La Mesa Ecopark zip line. Audrey was really enthusiastic about going Zip Lining and I’m glad everyone including Mee-i and Monique did it. Mind you, I was the first in line to glide so I screamed all the way. I was so silly, screaming at the top of my lungs, but I’m glad I did it. I applied what I learned from my Psych degree (glad i still remembered!) which is to get rid of your phobias, you must be continually exposed to your fears. “Face your fears”, ika nga.

The evidence

and after

There’s a lot of things to do in La Mesa Ecopark than you can imagine. You can go wall-climbing, boating, fishing, swimming, biking and other physical activities. They have this beautiful flower terraces, an amphitheather, a fitness trail, butterfly trail, picnic grounds and souvenir shops. What’s more beautiful about La Mesa Ecopark is every time you visit and do stuff here, you are helping the environment because all of the revenues generated goes to the preservation and protection of the La Mesa Watershed. If any of you don’t know, La Mesa Watershed is the primary source of drinking water in Metro Manila. So if you help La Mesa, you’re helping yourself as well.

Wall-Climb here

Boating Station

Petron Flower Terraces

On top of the stairs, you can see the La Mesa Watershed.

The view of the ecopark from the top of the stairs.

The Fishing Wharf

Petron Amphitheater

Lamps at the souvenir shop

Now, how to get there:

From anywhere in EDSA, ride a bus going to Fairview, Quezon City. Tell the conductor to drop you off at United East Fairview Subdivision. Or better yet, tell him that that you’re going to La Mesa Ecopark which is what we did. The conductor was a pleasant one who didn’t need any reminding. We rode from Cubao so we paid around 30 pesos per head. If you’re from Taft Avenue, the fare might be around 50 pesos. If you’re on a tight budget, you can ride the MRT from Taft to GMA-Kamuning Station (14 pesos) then from there, ride a bus going to Fairview, Quezon City (30 pesos). Choose your route.

When you get to the subdivision, ride a tricycle going inside La Mesa Ecopark (about 25 pesos for four people). The entrance to the park costs 50 pesos for persons measuring more than 3 feet in height. Free entrance for persons below 3 feet in height. Better measure your height first before going. LOL. They have special rates for Quezon City residents (40 pesos with valid proof of residence), Quezon City students (20 pesos with valid ID) and Senior citizens (FREE).

The every activity has a corresponding admission rates like boating (100 pesos for 4 persons for 30 minutes), fishing (80pesos per kilo of fish, 20 pesos for rod rental), zip-line (100 pesos per person), biking (50-80pesos per hour), swimming (80 pesos for persons measuring more than 3 feet in height, 40 pesos for persons measuring less than 3 feet in height and you have to wear proper swimming attire). I didn’t check out how much the rates are for paint ball, butterfly trail, and the picnic grounds but it’s all cheap. So, what are you waiting for! Check La Mesa Ecopark‘s website for more details.

Photo Credits: Audrey (1st-3rd and 5th)

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I Went To Chilly Tagaytay To Eat Desser

Just two hours away from the Metro Manila is the ridge-top city of Tagaytay, Cavite. It is very cold there at this time of the year. We went to this cozy restaurant called Bag of Beans. They serve the biggest cheesecake slices I’ve ever seen. Their Strawberry and Blueberry Cheesecake costs only 120 pesos per slice and oozes with strawberry or blueberry preserves. It’s not your typical cheesecake in other dessert or cake shops that normally puts only a dollop of fruit preserves on top. Their Apple Pie Ala Mode was such a comforting food for me since it’s warm and I was getting cold at that time. Bag of Beans also serves soup, pasta, bread, coffee and others but we already ate lunch that time and we just went to Tagaytay to eat dessert. We couldn’t resist the cheesecakes.

Bag of Beans sign

The cemented stairs at the entrance of Bag of Beans.
Apple Pie Ala Mode

Blueberry Cheesecake

Strawberry Cheesecake

The next restaurant we went to was Mushroom Burger. My cousin and sister testifies that they got the most delicious burger in town and they always stop by there every time they’re in Tagaytay. The secret ingredient – well, probably the mushrooms. Since our stomachs were full, we just had it to-go and was looking forward on eating it when we get home to Dasmarinas, Cavite.

A wishing well just outside Mushroom Burger.


Where can you find a spot where you can see the grandeur of Taal Volcano and Lake in Tagaytay without paying a single centavo? Well, there’s this place called The Cliffhouse and we went there for some picture ops with Taal Volcano. The Cliffhouse has several restaurants where you can dine and see the view of Taal Volcano at the same time. This includes Fire Lake Grill, Cafe Breton, Massimo’s, Buon Giorno, Fruits In Ice Cream and Platito. Another good spot is just at the back of Starbucks Coffee which is much cooler. Imagine the serenity of this spot with only you, your book, your coffee and Taal Volcano as your scenic view. Peaceful, isn’t it? So come visit Tagaytay this Holiday season.


That’s Domicillo at the back of the signs. It’s probably the only non-restaurant shop in Cliffhouse.

From The Cliffhouse

The view of Taal Volcano from The Cliffhouse

Walking in chilly Tagaytay

The view at the back of Starbucks


Super Bowl Of China Offers New Exciting Dishes

Super Bowl has come up with four new delicious dishes to satisfy your Chinese food cravings. Let’s start with Crispy Mandarin Chicken which is made of boneless chicken fillets fried to a golden brown crisp, drenched in a light and mildly spiced Chinese Sauce, and served with Taiwan petchay on the side.

Then there’s the Lechon Macau, deep-fried crispy pork belly cutlets seasoned with select Chinese spices and served with Hoisin sauce on the side. This will surely satify your lechon cravings that are often associated with Christmas parties.

If you want something healthy, there’s Seafood Chopsuey, cooked with assorted garden fresh vegetables with black and mixed mushrooms sautéed with fish fillet, shrimp, and other seafood.

For dessert, why not order Tao Sa Pao, a sweet treat of fried siopao dough with black bean cream filling.

These new dishes are available at any Super Bowl of China and Big Buddha branches for a limited time only so you better hurry.

Super Bowl of China branches are located at the 2nd level Glorietta 4, Ayala Center, Makati City; 3rd Level Chefs Avenue Festival Mall, Alabang; 2nd level SM City North Edsa, Quezon City; 3rd level Gateway Mall Araneta Center Cubao, Quezon City; Ground floor SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City; M1 Activity Center Trinoma Mall North Edsa, Quezon City; Ground floor Midtown Wing of Robinsons Place Manila; Ground floor Bluewave Marquinton Mall, Marikina City; and at the affiliated Big Buddha Restaurant located at the 2nd level of Greenbelt 3 in Ayala Center, Makati City. And watch out for the Grand Reopening of Super Bowl of China at the 4th level of SM Megamall’s newest wing in Mandaluyong City coming very soon!

Photo Credits: Super Bowl of China

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Want Some More Of That Chocolate Thing?

Bubbagump has a new promo for “That Chocolate Thing” dessert lovers. This yummy dessert is free for every single dine-in purchase of 2000 pesos. So better spend your Christmas and New Year at Bubbagump. This promo is until January 15, 2009.

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I Enjoyed My First Gelato At Amici

While waiting for a presscon to start, my sister and I ordered a Pistachio and Chocolate with Nuts at Amici. I have this thing for nuts and my sister only wanted to eat something cold that time. Gelato tastes a bit different from a regular ice cream. The flavor is more concentrated that you can really taste the dark chocolate, the whole nuts, and real fruits. Now, that’s a real dessert. Enjoy Amici’s gelato for only 50 pesos a cup.

Amici has three branches that offers authentic Italian dishes. There’s one in Don Bosco Compound, A. Arnaiz Ave. cor. Chino Roces Ave., Makati City. Another one in SM Megamall and the one we went to was in Bellagio Square, Tomas Morato cor. Scout Fuentebella, Quezon City.

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Fully Booked Launches Bloggers Book Club

Fully Booked has officially launched The Bloggers’ Book Club. By being a member of this club, you get to receive invites to special events like book launches, meet and greet with the author and other fun activities. Blogger bookworms will also get a chance to have their book review posted in the Spotlight Review at Every week, a book review sent by a blogger will be chosen and will be awarded prizes from Fullybooked. What about 1000 pesos worth of GC? You can buy a Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight hard-bound book from that, just by sending your book review. Tempted? Initially, members of this club are the bloggers who came to Fully Booked’s Bloggers’ Day co-hosted by Yehey! held last November 28. But do not fret, bloggers. I’m sure Fully Booked wants you to be a part of this club, too.

Fully Booked has eight stores all over the Philippines. They have just opened their newest store in Ayala Center Cebu. Their fkagship store is in Bonifacio High Street which has six floors that contain a comprehensive collection of books suited for every person’s interests.

In the basement, you can find a wide selection of comic books, limited-edition statues, collectibles, school supplies and stationery. The basement is also the location of U-View, a fully-functional movie theater with a seating capacity of up to 62 people. The U-View has a state-of-the-art sound system and top quality theater seats perfect for film screenings, premieres and corporate presentations.

The U-View

Up one floor is the Atrium where the Customer Service Staff are eager to answer any of your queries.

The Atrium

At the second floor, you’ll find the Children’s section which is a popular venue for storytelling and school fieldtrips. You won’t have to worry about your kids wandering around Fully Booked because they will be delighted to stay at the second floor to browse on all those interesting books. The third floor is the location of everyone’s favorite coffee, Starbucks. Enjoy your Frapuccino here while reading your newly-purchased book. Also on this floor, you’ll find the Business and Self-Help section.

At the 3rd floor, Business and Self-Help section.

At the fourth floor, be mesmerized by Fully Booked’s impressive collection of music and videos complete with listening stations. The fourth floor is also home to The Forum, the ideal venue for book launches, art and language classes and exhibits. At the roofdeck, you can find Top Shelf, the an ideal venue for big events such as product launches, wedding and corporate functions. You can also see a spectacular view of Bonifacio Global City from here, especially at night.

The view from Top Shelf

Fully Booked has become a lifestyle store. And I am confident to say that anyone can be at home at Fully Booked. You can sit on the carpet and browse on some books on the shelves. You can enjoy sipping coffee while reading a book. You can listen to your favorite song and look for hard-to-find CDs. You can hold your special events here. You can watch some special screenings here. This great bookstore has made life even more enjoyable for you because you can now order your favorite book online and it will be delivered right at your doorstep. For more information about Fully Booked, please visit their site at
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Whip Up A Christmas Decor In A Flash

We were shopping at TriNoma the other week when my sister confided that she wants to decorate our house for Christmas. Knowing our religious views, I told her that we never do that since birth. But I changed my mind after a few seconds because we both want to brighten up our gloomy house a little bit. So we decided to just start decorating with the table.

We are two of the low budget-loving people so imagine our thrill with these inexpensive finds for our Christmas table decoration: a plate (35 pesos), a candle (55 pesos), some Christmas balls (40 pesos) and a pine twig (70 pesos). That’s about 200 pesos worth of materials for a Christmas table decor. Not bad, huh?

Now for the instruction:

First step
Wrap the pine twig around the candle.

Second step
Put the twig-wrapped candle on top of the plate.

Third step
Place the Christmas balls on top of the plate around the twig-wrapped candle.

Voila! You now have a Christmas decor to brighten up your table. Happy Holidays, everyone!

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Olay Regenerist: An Alternative to Laser Technology

I wondered what’s the thing about Laser Technology for anti-ageing. Laser is actually the most popular for anti-ageing technology in the Philippines. How do lasers work? – “When lasers heat the skin, they create microwounds. As part of the natural healing process, the skin releases growth factors for it to start regenerating collagen and elastin, the structural proteins which make up the skin,” said Dr. Ma. Pilar L. Leuenberger of the Dermatology Center Laser Unit of the St. Luke’s Medical Center. Lasers cost thousands of pesos and might take several sessions to achieve desired results.

What if you’re not ready for lasers and you don’t have the budget? It’s a good thing that Procter & Gamble came up with another alternative to Laser Technology : The Olay Regenerist Line.

The Olay Regenerist contains Amino-Peptide complex “that sends a similar signal similar to that which laser treatment release when they produce microwounds in the skin,” informed Dr. Clarissa Villarama-Cellona, a consultant at the St. Luke’s Medical Center. Tweetie De Leon-Gonzales, the 39 year-old supermodel and mother of four and now the Olay Regenerist brand Ambassador adds ” I really enjoyed using it because it applied very smoothly. It feels velvety on the skin and it finishes oil-free. It’s matte. My skin tone improved. I’ve less lines. And the most dramatic improvement in my skin the texture – the clearness and flawless finish that my skin now has.”

Olay Regenerist Ambassador Tweetie De Leon-Gonzales
Olay Ambassadors Miriam Quiambao, Daphne Osena-Paez and Isabel Diaz-Daza

No wonder women are raving about the new Olay Regenerist. It redefines the meaning of the word beauty – It costs less.


3 Miracle Tips From Pantene Council of Stylists

The Pantene Council of Stylists

Miracle Tip # 1
Get a regular trim anywhere from 1 to 3 months to remove split ends, which is actually the result of excessive brushing and repeated blow-drying and heat straightening.

Miracle Tip # 2
Invest in the best tools – a quality set of basic hair appliances will help prevent styling damage.

Miracle Tip # 3
Apply leave-on conditioner, heat protector, or styling serum when using a hair dryer and other tools to further protect hair from direct heat.

Or better yet, try Pantene 3-Minute Miracle Treatment that has a special BTMAC ingredient designed to revitalize the damaged F-layer of your hair. This F-layer (fatty acid 18-MEA molecules) is the natural protective layer in our hair which is lost sue to excessive damage from hair spraying , mousse-exposure and blow-drying. The ingredient in Pantene 3-Minute Miracle Treatment forms an artificial F-layer, then restoring the beauty of your hair. The result is 3 months of damage gone in just 3 minutes.

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