Gourmet Sandwiches in Cafe France

The CafeFrance name is more in line with our concept of a place where people can meet and enjoy good, healthy food and freshly baked French breads in a comfortable and relaxed environment. The name also provides more flexibility in serving a wider range of dishes. Continue reading “Gourmet Sandwiches in Cafe France”


Solane awards first Cuisinera Challenge winner

The country’s favorite cooking gas Solane has crowned the first winner of Cuisinera Challenge: 30 Minute Easy Recipe, a search for the tastiest homemade dishes that won over judges during the cook-off event at The Cookery Place in Bonifacio Global City.

Maridel Pacleb, the winner of the first Cuisinera Challenge


Out of 22 finalists, Maridel Pacleb’s original recipes emerged as the most outstanding entries in the competition. Pacleb presented the judges with two original culinary creations: For the Regional Dish category that featured native Filipino recipes, she concocted the Buttered Pork Tenderloin Adobo in Parsley Garlic Cream Sauce. Given the secret ingredient tablea in the Market Basket category, Pacleb served Chicken Roulade with Spicy Tablea Chocolate Sauce.

The panel of judges (from left): Solane marketing manager Carisse Vendiola, Chef Edith Singian and research and promotions manager Valeri Batenga


Addressing the contestants, Solane general manager for supply and operations Jaypee Gonzales said, “Solane goes beyond providing safe LPG tanks by helping budding cooks in their journey to concoct the most delicious homemade dishes. It is admirable that the finalists made it this far using technique and imagination to create wonderful dishes.”

Fe Merluza, the winner of Best in Market Basket Recipe

She took home Best in Regional Recipe, Best in Presentation (Market Basket) awards, and the Grand Prize, which included P30,000 and a one-year supply of Solane LPG. Standout home recipes were also made by Fe Merluza (Best in Market Basket Recipe) and Joy Marie Crabajal (Best in Presentation – Regional Recipe).


Other finalists were John Paul Lumiguen, Jac Abadia, Honeylyn Bonagua-Agulto, Leonidas Gabe Manayaga, Jelanie Tamayo, Denise Christine Gonzales-Bernardo, Maria Luisa Juanson, Perly Antido and Joemar Ray Castro, who also took home gift packs from Solane.


Iane’s amazing chicken roulade
Iane’s amazing chicken roulade

The panel of judges, which included Solane marketing head Carisse Vendiola and promotions and research manager Valeri Batenga, was led by renowned chef Edith Singian while contestants came from as far as Cebu and Pangasinan. Solane hopes to see more faces to promote food as the binding force of all families with the Cuisinera Challenge: 30 Minute Easy Recipe next year.


Manila Doctors launches new Siemens Symbia Intevo xSPECT

(Symbia Intevo’s faster imaging solutions improve patient comfort and satisfaction. In this photo MDH Nuclear Medicine Department Chair Dr. Antonio Garcia explains to the patient the machine’s unique imaging features.)

Manila Doctors Hospital partners with Siemens in bringing the world’s best xSPECT system to the Philippines and in Southeast Asia – the new Symbia Intevo which provides physicians with the ability to not only image disease, but also to leverage the high resolution to see the unseen for more confident interpretations. Its unique quantitative capabilities provide the ability to monitor and adjust treatments earlier by accurately measuring even small differences. To support patient safety and increased efficiency, Symbia Intevo was designed to administer the lowest dose while imaging patients faster than ever.

Symbia Intevo is the world’s best Gamma Camera with CT Scan and the first system of its kind in the Philippines and in Southeast Asia to allow easy, accurate and reproducible quantification, making treatment follow-up possible.

Faster and more accurate cardiac imaging

 The increase in demand for faster myocardial perfusion imaging has been one of the key trends in nuclear medicine. With Symbia Intevo, cardiac imaging becomes 75% faster and more comfortable and accurate than ever before. The innovative IQ.SPECT makes cardiac imaging 4 times faster for patient comfort and improved image quality.

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Molecular Imaging is now Quantitative

 Accurate and reproducible quantification supports physicians’ ability to more confidently interpret clinical images, enabling early modification of treatment and potentially reducing the cost for skeletal such as assessment of bone graft function and retention, hip joint replacement follow-up, assessment of meniscal pathology and grading and follow up of renal osteodystrophy. The scanner may also be used for other applications such as infection, inflammation, lung perfusion, renal cortical mass, liver and autoimmune disease.

Through this latest acquisition, Manila Doctors Hospital in its thrust to provide world-class quality and affordable healthcare to its stakeholders aims improve patient well-being, reduce costs and increase productivity. Symbia Intevo may give physicians the ability to make progress in diagnosing and treating the most challenging diseases, and to make more accurate treatment decisions

One of the leading centers of health and wellness in the Philippines, MDH is a Metrobank Foundation healthcare affiliate. The Foundation actively supports the Hospital’s operations and provides funds for a wide array of social services—which includes subsidies for in-house charity patients, surgical missions, outreach programs and health-related interventions, projects in adopted communities and schools—and research. MDH is certified as an ISO 9001:2008 institution and recognized as the first private hospital in Asia to be accredited by Accreditation Canada International.






Football is a fast-rising sport in the country, gaining ground with the left and right wins of the official Philippine football team– the Azkals–and the increasing number of turfs in the Metro. Undoubtedly, one of the top-of-mind football clubs in the world is Manchester United, currently being managed by Louis van Gaal and includes top players such as Wayne Rooney, Robin Van Persie, Ángel Di María and Radamel Falcao. Continue reading “MAYBANK – MANCHESTER UNITED CREDIT CARD”


Ipanema dares you to do the ‘selfeet’

– If, for some reason, your selfie posts on Instagram and Facebook are getting fewer “likes,” maybe it’s time to take the art form to a whole new level — literally a notch lower, which your followers might find more interesting than your round face — your feet!

Ipanema, the premium Brazilian fit-flop brand, launches the #IpanemaSelfeet campaign, which dares  young stylistas not just to bare their sexy feet,  but also to create their own adventure — with a pair of Ipanema — and capture the memorable moment with a “selfeet.” Continue reading “Ipanema dares you to do the ‘selfeet’”


Paseo Verde Construction In Full Swing

Paseo Verde at Real
The construction of LEED Inc.’s first project, Paseo Verde in Real, remains on track as construction goes full-swing to complete the first tower of the 1.1-hectare mid-rise condominium project.

The first tower is targeted to be completed by the end of 2015, with turnover of units happening as early as the fourth quarter of 2015. Paseo Verde is expected to be a much-awaited landmark in Las Piñas, it will be the first, fully-integrated green community to rise in the area. It is located along Real St., Pulang Lupa Uno in Las Piñas City.

Paseo Verde boasts to set a green standard of living for its owners through its efficient, eco-friendly features – amenities that focus on green architecture and puts emphasis to the company’s three environment focus: Climate change, the Clean Air Act, and the safety and health of its residents. Continue reading “Paseo Verde Construction In Full Swing”


Ina Jardiolin’s ‘Stripped’ exhibit

Over the centuries, many artists, including the great masters, have indulged us with their depictions of the human body. In the modern times, can there be new ways to present the human form? Regina Margarita “Ina” Jardiolin, a promising young visual artist whose works give viewers a glimpse of possible new takes on gender issues in Philippine art, tells us that in fact, there is.

In Stripped: A Solo Exhibit, Ina explores the landscape of the human body, imbuing it with interesting touches of whimsy and fantasy. In each of the 13 pieces, the 25-year old graduate of Painting from the University of the Philippines College of Fine Arts bravely combines the mundane and ethereal, for a collection that is at once familiar and novel. Continue reading “Ina Jardiolin’s ‘Stripped’ exhibit”


Ipanema opens at SM North EDSA Annex


Ipanema, the premium Brazilian flip flop brand, opens its fourth store at the ground floor of the SM North EDSA Annex. The store offers the latest collection from Ipanema with fashionable designs inspired by the vivid and colorful Brazilian lifestyle and its signature buttery soft sole. Ipanema flip flops are the perfect companion — whether it is to an adventure in a dream destination or just a leisurely stroll within the city. No matter where you go, your feet will definitely take you farther in comfort and style. Ipanema flip-flops and slippers are available at Ipanema stores in SM City Lucena, SM Clark in Pampanga, Centrio Mall in Cagayan de Oro, Bambu, Shoe Salon, and leading department stores like SM Department Store, Robinsons Department Store, Rustan’s Makati and Landmark.

. For more information about #IpanemaSelfeet, visit www.facebook.com/IpanemaPhilippines.


K to 12 R. A. 10533 and Relevant Education Policies


Title of Book:

K to 12 R. A. 10533 and Relevant Education Policies (About the Book), published by Vibal Professional Publishing imprint



Vibal Professional Publishing




Atty. Joseph Noel M. Estrada

Atty. Kristjan Vicente T. Gargantiel




By far, Joseph Noel M. Estrada is the youngest executive in a reputable educational institution and conglomerates of educational associations. Aside from being the Vice President for Administration and Assistant Corporate Secretary of the Emilio Aguinaldo College, where he is a professor of criminal law and constitutional law, he is the Executive Director of the Coordinating Council of Private Educational Associations (COCOPEA), and the Philippine Association of Private Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAPSCU).


He is constantly the authoritative resource person of the House of Representatives, Department of Education, and Commission on Higher Education for their formulation and issuance of significant education bills, administrative orders and resolutions. He is a widely known lecturer on these laws.


A dynamic educator, corporate and labor lawyer, with an extensive knowledge and experience in litigation; he specializes on education laws, land titles and deeds, family law, political law, and labor and social legislation. His expertise made him a member of the Department of Labor and Employment’s Education Industry Tripartite Council for National Capital Region (NCR).


Atty. Estrada earned his degree in Political Science from the Colegio de San Juan de Letran, and Law from the University of Santo Tomas. He was admitted to the Philippine Bar in 2005. A name partner at Gargantiel & Estrada, he is regarded as the Firm’s specialist on public affairs and communications.

About the Book

A complete framework on Republic Act No. 10533, otherwise known as Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013, this book provides, in a comparative manner, how this law affects previous education policies and laws pertaining to educational institutions and their academic personnel. It provides a panoramic view of the enhanced basic education system, from Kindergarten to Grade 12, and the emphasis of the State on its importance by making it compulsory. It also lays down a suitable guide for private educational institutions during the transition stage contemplated by this law.

As part of the technical working group that drafted the K to 12 bills, and a resource person at the K to 12 Steering Committee, Atty. Joseph Noel M. Estrada explains the legal implications, and transition issues and challenges of the K to 12 Program. On the other hand, Atty. Kristjan Vicente T. Gargantiel, a seasoned legal consultant of several Divisions of Schools of the Department of Education, provides invaluable inputs in the implementation of K to 12.

K to 12: R.A. No. 10533 and Relevant Education Policies is a rich source of fresh knowledge and analysis of education principles.


“The book is a complete resource book not only for school administrators and leaders but also to policy-shapers in education. With the long transition period towards the K to 12 Program, a lot of future laws and administrative rules and regulations will be grounded on RA No. 10533.”

—Hon. Roman T. Romulo, Congressman, Lone District, Pasig City

“The discussions in this book range from the core constitutional basis to its effect on private schools and partner institutions, to how it affects other already-enacted education policies and DepEd programs. Also outlined are professional and corporate concerns like transition plans for private institutions.”

—Br. Armin A. Luistro FSC, Secretary, Department of Education

“[This book] summarizes the status of law and its implications for stakeholders in twelve informative chapters. It is highly recommended for all interested in understanding the key concerns of basic educational reform in the Philippines today, and a must-read for educational administrators and advocates in the Philippines today, especially those needing to navigate the K to 12 transition. The latter will find the chapters on Teacher Qualifications and Hiring (Chapter X), E-GASTPE and Other Financial Arrangements (Chapter XI) and Transition of Private Institutional to K-12 (Chapter XII) particularly helpful.”

—Rev. Fr. Joel Tabora, SJ, President, Ateneo de Davao University Davao City



Posh Nails launch new Manicure and Pedicure Powered by GlutaMAX


It was an afternoon of dancing—Zumba dancing, to be exact—at Posh Nails Hand and Foot Spa’s 1980s-themed party on Thursday, September 18, at Plana Forma in Centris Walk. The party served to launch their newest products and services, including their Whitening Manicure + Pedicure Powered by GlutaMAX.


This new offering, which will be available at all 25 Posh Nails branches nationwide, is an advanced product designed to eliminate stains and keep your nails and skin lighter, smoother, and more youthful. Continue reading “Posh Nails launch new Manicure and Pedicure Powered by GlutaMAX”