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Red Hat Cacao PH: Intimate meet and greet with the lady behind the heart-crafted goodness

For months network creative co-workers and I have been enjoying the taste of an artisan chocolate by a sweet tooth that never imagined that she’ll venture into making chocolates.

It started when she had a heart-to-heart talk with her dad about their property in Quezon. For weeks she put off visiting the property but with constant prodding from friends, she finally gave in. Although the property has a long-time caretaker, she keenly observed and then decided to study more about cacao and its by-products. Long story short, aside from farming, she started experimenting with making the basic chocolate.

She decided on making ‘barks’ because the market is already saturated with ‘truffle’ chocolates. Barks with nuts, fruits and even ginger were among her first experiments which were met with good reactions.

But her dark chocolate with dried fruits and nuts garnered the most attention. So ever the most shy, she hesitantly sold whole barks and then bite-sized bark pieces to family and friends. A few months after, she bravely took orders online and now distributes to select cafes and restaurants. Red Hat Cacao’s first pubic introduction was at a mall chocolate festival which coincided with the intimate meet and greet with select blogger friends.

She has enrolled for further studies at a prestigious culinary school in New York along with a few slated chocolate tours for research.

I’ve seen her diligence and passion for developing Red Hat Cacao and so amazed at how it has grown…so proud of you Gladys Hernando!

I’m proud to say she’s been my friend since Mowelfund days, the reason why I’m not in a court of law/firm or interior design studio but in showbiz and don’t get me wrong, so grateful for it!

What follows next are clips and photos from the first ever meet and greet plus tips on how to enjoy Red Hat Cacao. Enjoy!

The snap of a perfectly tempered chocolate followed by the exquisite taste of handmade heart-crafted Filipino cacao bark chocolate of Red Hat Cacao PH.

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Manila Art 2017: IGNACIO Landscapes

For almost a couple of years now I have been posting about the celluloid works and TV shows of multi-awarded International Film and Television Director and Cinematographer, Louie Lagdameo Ignacio.

Often the posts are very general and focused on the works rather than the director. Admittedly, I have difficulty to encapsulate what I want to say. Aside from being blessed to belong to Basta Every Day Happy (2014) and Sarap Diva TV (2012 to present) shows, I have admired his work on ‘Asintado’ (2014), ‘Child Haus’ (2015), ‘Laut’ (2016) and ‘Area’ (2016), etc. I often tease him as the “best actress-maker” because Aiko Melendez, Barbie Forteza and Ai-Ai Delas Alas received such a prestigious recognition internationally when they acted on his films.

Only a few know that Direk Louie is also a painter. In CEU (Centro Escolar Universty, his alma mater), his paintings are displayed just outside the LAH seminar rooms 2 and 3.

He has worked with different mediums like watercolor, acrylic and even ‘calado’ (latticework) and has had solo exhibitions since 2010. Each and every exhibit presents a different experience from vivid colors to dramatic monochromatic masterpieces.

IGNACIO Landscapes at Manila Art 2017 overflowed with vibrant colors and meticulous brush techniques. Its like you’re transported to a vast field on a sunny day or taking in the sunset across a canyon while the moon slowly rises – I can go on and on but trust me, you just have to experience his amazing works of art.

What follows are clips and photos from Manila Art 2017.

Together with the National Commission on Culture and the Arts (NCCA), and with the support of top local and international fine art galleries, ManilArt showcases works of vibrant new and upcoming talents, as well as iconic masters of the Philippine art scene. Echoing the rich cultural assertion of Filipinos complemented by international artists’ presentation, the fair is sure to captivate and engage the youth, the educators, the critics, young and seasoned collectors alike, art vanguards and the quad-media.

ManilArt 2017 is co-presented with the Bonafide Art Galleries Organization (BAGO) and the ManilArt Foundation, Incorporated (MAFI).Β #manilaartΒ #manilaart2017

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Manila FAME 2017: The Legendary Tattoo Artist Whang Od from Buscalan will be there!Β 

The Legendary Tattoo Artist Whang Od from Buscalan will be there!

Manila FAME October 2017
#ManilaFame2017
DATE:
20 – 22 October 2017
19 – 21 April 2018
19 – 21 October 2018
EXHIBITION HOURS:
09:00AM – 07:00PM
VENUE:
World Trade Center Metro Manila
Philippine Trade Training Center
EXHIBITION SIZE:
11, 300 sqm.
TICKET PRICE:

Day 1
Php700.00 (For General Public)
Php500.00 (Discounted price for all senior citizens, people with disabilities, and students with valid I.D.s)

Day 2 and 3
Php500.00 (For General Public)
Php400.00 (Discounted price for all senior citizens, people with disabilities, and students with valid I.D.s)

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WilBros. Live: IMPOSSIBLE, the world’s greatest magic show comes to Manila

IMPOSSIBLE THE WORLD’S GREATEST MAGIC SHOW COMES TO MANILA
Fresh from London’s West End, IMPOSSIBLE has to be seen to be believed!LIVE AT THE ARANETA COLISEUM 25TH DECEMBER 2017 ~ 3RD JANUARY 2018

IMPOSSIBLE Teaser Video:

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FDCP: Hosts Film Industry Conference, Worshops and Rainbow Festival for QCinema

In support and in partnership with the Quezon City Film Commission, the Film Development Council of the Philippines is conducting the Film Industry Conference and the Film Producers’ Workshop Series this October 20-22, 2017 at Novotel Araneta Center, Quezon City. Bringing together big names from the international and local film industries, the Conference and Workshops will feature topics on international film production, distribution, and marketing of Filipino films.

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Mr. and Ms. BPO: The first ever BPO pageant for the benefit of Habitat for Humanity Philippines

 

The search is on for this year’s Mr. and Ms. BPO as premier concerts and events production, Royale Chimes Concerts and Events Inc. holds the first-ever Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) pageant in the country!

Mr. and Ms. BPO aims to empower the candidates through leadership, camaraderie and excellence by facilitating a holistic and integrated approach.Β  A formidable team composed of mentors for fitness and well-being, communication skills, emotional intelligence and modeling will help them gain confidence and boost their morale.

The mentors are Jonathan Yabut (first The Apprentice Asia winner), Jun Macasaet (Mr. Manhunt International 2012 winner), Jennifer Hammond (Binibining Pilipinas – Intercontinental 2016), Mauro Lumba (Century Tuna Superbods 2014 winner) and Ruby Manalac (Emotional Intelligence expert) .

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Red Hat Cacao PH: Exquisitely homemade heart-crafted Philippine cacao chocolates

The cat este, the chocolate’s out of the bag! For months now a few friends/co-workers and I have been enjoying the exquisitely homemade heart-crafted Philippine cacao chocolates of Red Hat Cacao PH. But don’t just take my word for it..try it! For inquiries, please click on their official Facebook page.