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Manila's New Comfort Food Addiction

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Filipino culinary virtuoso CHEF MENOY GIMENEZ introduced the “Traveler’s Menu” now available at TITO CHEF EXPRESS in Microtel Acropolis. He showcased the gourmet tastes found in the well-chosen dishes from the highlighted menu.

With the celebrated blend of classic food at reasonable prices, the new Traveler’s Menu pleased the tastes of the guests. From the luscious appetizers that elated everyone’s liking to the plentiful servings of the mains, and the satiating desserts, the well-curated menu truly mirrored the cooking panache of Chef Menoy in Tito Chef Express, which is enchantingly candid comfort food enthused from the classic preferences of every Filipino home.


Affordable and well portioned at the price of PhP 250 for each dish, the menu selection is a perfect choice for people looking for something quickly served and conveniently available anytime within the day.

From the creamy hit of Fish in Pesto Cream to the spicy kick of Salmon Ramen, the juicy punch of American Burger, the …

The Gift Filipinos Deserve This Season

Criticized about how commercialized it has become, gift giving has kept economies bustling every December as families honor each other's relationships with tangible offerings and there is nothing bad about making the people we love happy.

For busy working professionals, shopping has become a dreadful chore that is why online shopping sites have sprouted up guaranteeing convenience to the flustered Filipino consumer. These may teach us delayed gratification as packages arrive two to three days later, but you can never put a price on time you've saved that you can use to attend to the more important things in life like family and career than wasting time driving through traffic, being bombarded with confusing choices and long lists, going head to head with other aggressive shoppers, lining up to the counter and don't even get me started about having these wrapped.

Top-tier e-commerce websites like Zalora.com.ph, Lazada.com.ph, FoxySales.com, Wego.com.ph, Bebe.com catering t…

Thoughts from a Mega Banker: Financial Skills For Fellow 20-ish Pinoy Yuppies

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I may have financial successes and failures at different points in my life but if there is anything I am proud of, it is that I have stuck with my plans even through privations.

I am living frugally now because I have a lot of responsibilities to pay. I’m currently paying off equities for a pre-sold home (at age 23!), mobile data plan, premiums for a life insurance, premiums for a funeral plan (I know right?), saving for future plans (which I am not able to do yet) like finishing my postgraduate studies or travelling and investments like funding my stocks and mutual funds through Citiseconline and FAMI Equity accounts respectively.

I didn't need to wait until I reach the pinnacle of my career years to educate myself towards financial independence. I take it upon myself to learn about personal finance as early as I can even if I am still a rank-and-file employee. Ignorance is the biggest cost we pay, so we have the responsibility to continually educate ourselves in order to prosper…

Thoughts of a Mega Banker: 14 Tips to Outsmart your Credit Card

Working for the biggest financial in North America fortified everything I know about Philippine credit cards. There are better resources online but let me share you what I know about this great financial tool and how you can use it to your advantage and not the other way around.

"The plastic" is very convenient and rewarding to use that is if you know how to use it wisely.

14 Ways to Outsmart your credit card
Always pay it in full based on your "outstanding balance". (Note: not minimum, partial.) This is where we make money from fees like finance, interest, or transaction fees.Get a card which suits your lifestyle. If you are a frequent flyer, then use card that gives you reward like miles. Make sure you get the best deals of the best card. Do not pay for annual fee ever. That is not to say that you don't pay it at all, just ask them nicely over the phone if they could waive it let's say for the first year or the first three years. I made this mistake and so…

MBA Diaries: Awesome Things To Know Before Starting Business in PH

There are a lot of resources that gives an in-depth discussion on the requirements needed to legalize business here in the Philippines. The fundamentals and documentation requirements in filing for these make the very foundation of the entrepreneurial work we are to embark in. 

From single proprietorship, partnerships and corporations, requirements differ whichever the government deems necessary and suitable.

There is going to be a great deal of work to be done when starting up but since the DTI has actively devised the Philippine Business Registry, getting into business has never been easier.

SSS and BIR requirements are very long, specific and at times, arduous but are very important in nation building through tax collection and pension planning of everyone in the industry not just with the employees we will employ but our own as well. I couldn’t stress the importance of PhilHealth requirements too in ensuring our labor force are well taken care of.

Corporations whether stock or non-…

Cebu #Startup Weekend 2014 Champions Aspiring Entrepreneurs @swcebu @CebuBizMonth

Everyone who are willing to build up businesses, aspiring marketers and passionate entrepreneurs whether with technical or non-technical background, from students to professionals to retired persons who have a passion to build a business or desire to learn how, or anyone who are established business persons looking for technology partners are encouraged to be part of the community of startup enthusiasts, who gather together to share ideas, form teams, build products, and launch start-ups.

The University of Cebu (UC) – Banilad Campus will play host to the fourth leg of Startup Weekend Cebu (SWC) slated on June 6, 7 and 8, 2014 at 6:30PM to 10:00PM.
The 54-hour event starts with an “open mic” pitching of business ideas on Friday night, wherein attendees are urged to bring out their ideas and inspire others who are present to join or make their team.

Each team should focus on:

customer development, validating their ideas, practicing LEAN Startup Methodologies and building a minimal viab…

My MBA Diaries: Awesome Takes on Filipino Entrepreneurship

The Filipino Entrepreneur The observed characteristics of the Filipino entrepreneur is very much alike to the Eastern philosophy of yin and yang: someone who has strengths and weakness. It is no secret that the successes of today's wealthiest Filipino businessmen was largely influenced by their traits, values and experiences as they rise above their adversities in life and did what they have to do to survive. They have turned their negative practices and attitudes into entrepreneurial assets.

It is very relevant to my life in a sense that we all need role models growing up and learning the ropes of entrepreneurship.

With the current business climate, it makes sense to learn from the best to be the best. 
Industry’s key players could be a rich source of information if you wish to be one of them some day. Their frugality, self-discipline and undying thirst for learning, made them accumulate wealth in the process.


Henry Sy, the Philippine’s top retail magnate has grown his investments…

CCCI Awesome Schedule of Activities Cebu #Business Month 2014 @CebuBizMonth

Organizers of Cebu Business Month 2014 has set the Grand Opening Salvo of this year’s Cebu Business Month this Friday, May 30, 2014 at 4:00PM at The Terraces in Ayala Center Cebu.

Cebu Business Month features a month-long series of events geared towards inspiring more successes in the Cebu Business Community. CBM is organized and held annually by the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI).

In the opening festivity, highlights of the CBM 2014 activities will then be introduced together with the official declaration of CBM 2014’s grand opening.  After which, a fantastic fireworks display will be held followed by a concert by the Zee Band and Rave Party.

CBM 2014 carries the theme “ASEAN 2015 and Beyond” and offers “Big and Bold” highlighted activities that will spark to the growth of Cebu’s businesses towards global competitiveness.  These activities focus on CCCI’s major thrusts, which include ICT & Business Process Management (BPM), Tourism and Investment Promotion, Entrepren…

See What This Telco Did To Change These Families' Lives Forever [Short Film]

Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) will be remembered forever as a catalyst to global cooperation. Thousands of families have lost not only their homes but their lives and their families from the catastrophe that is why it makes my heart warm to be part of the launching of Globe Tattoo Village in Ormoc, Leyte.

Graced by the presence and support of Globe ambassadors, Georgina Wilson, Liz Uy and Mars Miranda, blessed families at Barangay Tambulilid can wake up to a new home soon.

With the mobilization and operational capabilities in community building by Gawad Kalinga, we can only hope that the partnership will spark a stronger, better Leyte and the rest of the country. Enjoy the short film!



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Hooray for Today! @McDo_PH Celebrates 2nd National Breakfast Day with 1000 #freemcmuffin

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After the success of the first National Breakfast Day last year, McDonald’s Philippines, together with thousands of other McDonald’s restaurants in Asia Pacific, Middle East, and Africa, will be celebrating the second National Breakfast Day.

On March 17, McDonald’s will once again be treating Filipinos to a free McMuffin. Close to 320 McDonald’s breakfast stores nationwide are joining the celebration to say ‘thank you’ to its customers who start their day at McDonald’s. 




Starting 6:00 AM, each participating McDonald’s breakfast store will be giving away free McMuffins to the first 1,000 customers at a first-come-first-serve basis –that’s over 315,000 hot and fresh McMuffins to be given away nationwide via Dine-In, Take-Out, and Drive-Thru.



 “We were so encouraged by our customers’ resounding response in the region last year, we are bringing back National Breakfast Day to remind people about waking up to better mornings with breakfast,” said Andrew Hipsley, Chief Brand Officer of McDonal…

Watch Sinulog in the Air at @PadgettPlace‎

Sinulog 2014 will literally reach new heights for three days starting January 16 with “Sinulog in the Air” at the 26-storey Padgett Place condominium in Molave St., Brgy. Lahug.

‘Sinulog in the Air’ is a novel way by Duros Land Properties Inc. of expressing gratitude to Señor Santo Nino for favors received in its more than 26 years of existence.

Celebrating the Sinulog in the Air is also a fitting way of thanksgiving for the developer of Cebu’s only leisure condominium that espouses a lifestyle of space.
Located at the expansive part of Barangay Lahug, the Padgett Place is a one tower structure that occupies only one third of a 3,500 square meter property to give way to leisure living with investment benefits.

It is a premium, low density condominium with only 191 units at the heart of Cebu’s upscale, urban residential and business district designed for the discriminating investor.

Aside from spacious plush units that refreshes instead of cramped areas that condos are fast becoming iden…

Barneys New York, Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) and Intel Announce Wearable Tech Collection

Intel, leading international fashion design house and curator Opening Ceremony*, luxury retailer Barneys New York*, and the Council of Fashion Designers of America* announce collaborations to explore and deliver smart wearable technology.



To kick-off the collaborations, Opening Ceremony and Intel will work together on the design and development of a smart bracelet based on Intel technology. Barneys New York will carry this device in their stores, being one of the first luxury retail outlets to carry wearable technologies. 

Intel and the Council of Fashion Designers of America entered into a strategic collaboration to create a community for technology developers and fashion designers focused on wearable technology.
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Intel Corporation, Barneys New York*, the Council of Fashion Designers of America* and Opening Ceremony* today announced strategic collaborations to explore and bring to market smart wearable technology, and to increase dialo…

Live Large | Concept Store Grind Opens @AyalaCenterCebu

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Live outside your comfort zone and expect a new concept store to open in December at the Ayala Center Cebu expansion. 

Bent on firing-up jaded individuals, retail giant and sub-culture purveyor, Primer Group of Companies, introduces a new concept that will yank everyone out of their routine-driven lives. Ayala Center Cebu brings flair beyond compare through the opening of premium concept store Grind, a store dedicated to inspire people to try new things and lead an action fueled life.

Grind Cebu is a namesake concept store that is definitely not for the faint-hearted. The store aims to be a one-stop action sports shop for those who want to try new things and take risks to add some kick to their lives.

Just like the exhilarating skateboarding trick from where it got its name, Grind advocates living out of the ordinary and leading an adventure-filled life. 
And what better way to live and breathe than to immerse in board sports where people have different kinds of passion rooted on their …

Top 8 Brutally Honest Money Tips for Filipinos. Seriously.

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Filipinos are apparently boastful and naive when it comes to money. This was quantified during a financial literacy survey headlined by Philippine Daily Inquirer with "Filipinos as money ‘experts’: Clueless on bonds, stocks, loans." 

I don't claim to be a financial expert but I know enough and I care so much for people around me but educating them seems to be hard so I just hope they read this and the rest of millions of Filipinos who haven't got a clue. 



Rule number 1. Get Paid What You're Worth.  Make sure you make an industry review of what your job is worth on the market. Network is the best source so chat up with peers and build lasting valuable relationships. Think about what you could do to advance your career and what your options are in the future.





Rule number 2. Spend Less Than You Earn.  Why is everyone finding it so hard to live within their means? Why buy things you don’t need? Live humbly. Is that so bad? But reward yourself especially if you deserve…

Building the Nation and Better Ways of Tomorrow

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Varsity athletes, honor students and student leaders from all over the county once again came together for the 8th Aboitiz Future Leaders Business Summit at the luxurious Marco Polo Hotel with the theme, "Significantly Changing My Philippines."

Every year, AFLBS gathers about one hundred delegates among thousands of applicants across the country are flown to Cebu to learn business and leadership straight from the executives of the Philippines' best-managed companies and renowned resource speakers. 

"We all have a part to play in nation-building and it's very encouraging to see the youth aspiring to contribute to it."But for them to shape our nation towards a better future, we need to shape their mindsets first. This is what we wish to accomplish during the summit," - Xavier “Txabi" Aboitiz, Chief HR and Quality Officer of the Aboitiz Group -
Among this year's speakers were:

Aboitiz Equity Ventures (AEV) President and CEO Erramon Aboitiz; Visayan …

Awesome Nerds Invades Boracay for "Geeks On A Beach" | DOST supports GOAB

THE Philippines’ first-ever “Geeks On A Beach” (GOAB) tech and startup conference scheduled for Sept. 26-27 in the world-famous Boracay Island is now being co-presented by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).

This was learned from Tina Amper, founder and president of the organizing TechTalks.ph who said that DOST, through its Information and Communications Technology Office (DOST-ICTO), has since been very supportive of the group’s activities.

“The DOST has always been there for us,” said Amper. “From the first Startup Weekend Cebu to Startup Weekend Cebu 3, the DOST has been a perennial supporter. We owe all of this to Usec Casambre and sir Monchito (Ibrahim).”

Undersecretary Louis Napoleon C. Casambre is the executive director of DOST-ICTO, whose leadership has moved the agency forward in its new thrust to uplift the entrepreneurial spirit in the ICT industry. Monchito Ibrahim is Casambre’s deputy executive director for policies.

“We in the ICTO believe that providing supp…

Intel Launches World's Best Microarchitecture | Low-Power, High-Performance Silvermont

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Intel announces Silvermont microarchitecture, a new design in Intel’s 22nm Tri-Gate SoC process delivering significant increases in performance and energy efficiency.Silvermont microarchitecture delivers ~3x more peak performance or the same performance at ~5x lower power over current-generation Intel® Atom™ core.1Silvermont to serve as the foundation for a breadth of 22nm products targeted at tablets, smartphones, microservers, network infrastructure, storage and other market segments including entry laptops and in-vehicle infotainment.

Intel today took the wraps off its brand new, low-power, high-performance microarchitecture named Silvermont. The technology is aimed squarely at low-power requirements in market segments from smartphones to the data center. Silvermont will be the foundation for a range of innovative products beginning to come to market later this year, and will also be manufactured using the company's leading-edge,22nm Tri-Gate SoC manufacturing proce…