Monthly Archives: April 2010

The Fit ‘n Fab 4 Biggest Losers Revealed

Last April 17, a number of the city’s losers flocked to Fiamma for the culmination of the Fit ‘n Fab 4 Weight-Loss Challenge by Del Monte Fit ‘n Right Fruit Snacks. During the finals night, guests were treated to a buffet dinner paired with free-flowing Fit ‘n Right Fruit Snacks and a sizzling program hosted by Karen Pamintuan and Brent Javier.

From 241 barkadas of four students, the finalists met face-to-face that night and their calorie-burning race to become the biggest loser was revealed to all.  Each team was given a month to achieve the bodies they’ve always wanted for the summer. The only fuel they had to arrive at the desired slim and trim destination were exercise, proper diet, and Del Monte Fit ‘n Right Fruit Snacks. Yes, a SNACK! Unlike your usual high-calorie snacks, Del Monte Fit ‘n Right Fruit Snacks  is the only snack that only has 30 calories, and contains L-Carnitine that helps you burn fat to achieve the body you’ve always wanted.

When the top barkadas sauntered down the runway to flaunt their new, fit bodies, the club began to fill with even more cheers and whistles from friends and supporters. Clad in Fit ‘n Fab 4 tank tops and sexy swimwear, it was easy to see that all the barkadas’ hard work had paid off.

Finally, the most important part of the night arrived – the big revelation. Third place went to Hot Rod from Ateneo de Manila University, Second place was given to Fet ‘n Ryt from UST and the First place went to a group of musicians, who not only share the same love for music but also share the same beach-ready bodies, Team Jakob from UST. Roman Gerard Enguero, Jasper John Jimenez, Bon Valentin Tomas Isaac Peralta and Kabaitan Bautista collectively lost 49 kilos in just 4 weeks.

When asked about their fat-burning team strategy, Team Jakob revealed that they ran twice a day, during the mornings and afternoons. They never left their homes without carrying cups of Fit ‘n Right Fruit Snacks. Most importantly, their number one strategy was to have fun as they support each other on their weight-loss journey.  While having fun, they lost 49 kilos together and won the coveted Php 100,000, a free barkada adventure to Boracay, and Php 50,000 for their chosen school organization. Not bad for the biggest bunch of losers.

With Fit ‘n Right Fruit Snacks, there is no easier way to be the best-looking barkada this summer!

Legally Blonde The Musical at Meralco Theater

Legally Blonde, the Holywood film that catapulted Reese Witherspoon to stardom, is turned into a musical. The Legally Blonde Musical, with Nikki Gil as Elle Woods, is set to be staged here in  Manila this year.

If you are a Metrobank credit card holder, then you get a chance to see the gala night on June 25, 2010 at the Meralco Theater.

To avail yourself of the discounts, check it out here or view the images above.

When BJ Armstrong, the Bull’s Guard, Came to Town

by guestblogger, Nono Delid who blogs at Steel Connect

It’s not too often that you get to see in the flesh the NBA stars. Kobe Bryant came for a Nike event at Bonifacio High Street and went without us even seeing his shadow. When All Star Agent Zero, a.k.a. Gilbert Arenas of the Washington Wizards came to Adidas in Powerplant Mall in Rockwell two summers ago, we had to carry our kids in our arms for a good one hour just for them to get a glimpse of him; all we saw were all heads of the other fans wanting and pushing in front.

So, Saturday, April 17 was a great day for us when we got our invitation to be among the select few who will meet and greet BJ Armstrong at Marriott Hotel Manila‘s Velocity Bar. Thanks to Michelle Garcia, Marketing Communications Manager of Marriott Hotel Manila for the invite!

BJ Armstrong (BJ stands for Benjamin Jr.), was a one time All Star guard (1994) who played along with the great Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen of the great Chicago Bulls during their first magnificent 3-peat run as NBA champions from 1991-94. Playing out of University of Iowa, BJ Armstrong was Chicago’s 1st round draft pick and 18th overall during the 1989 NBA draft. Standing at 6’2″ and playing point guard, he was directing the plays of the Bulls frontline, at the same time, dishing out treys in clutch plays. In fact, during the 1992-93 season, he was the three point king.  After Chicago, he played for Golden State, Toronto, Orlando and finally went back to Chicago. His last NBA game was a memorable one, as he revealed in an earlier interview with sports analyst/columnist Quinito Henson. As a Bull once again, they played a road game in Detroit (Michigan), his home city. At present, BJ, as an agent,  handles several players, including Derrick Rose, Chicago’s superstar and 2009 NBA rookie of the year. Interestingly, some of his Chicago’s lesser known teammates played in our PBA. His contribution to basketball, especially in teaching the young kids the foundation and fundamentals of basketball brought him here in here in Manila as a special guest of NBA Asia, to promote their Jr, NBA program where kids 12-14 years old are trained under the watchful and expert handlinng of their coach, Frank Lopez.

Frank  Lopez was with BJ’s party last Saturday, and as the crowd zoomed on BJ, I approached him as he was sipping his drink alone. Dressed like an NBA referre, Frank says, he has  worked with the NBA for many years now. He started with the Orlando Magic organization way way back, when Shaq O’Neal and  Penny Hardaway were still there. They hold playing sessions at the Jose Rizal University gym and he’s ably assisted  by past PBA stars, like Benjie Paras, Ronnie Magsanoc, and Elmer Cabahug.This week, they must have already chosen their top 8 players from among the pool of 40 players.

Another NBA  man we met at Marriott’s Velocity Bar was a pleasant  guy, whom despite his impeccable English accent and all, while conversing with the foreigner guests, we knew all along was a Filipino. His business card says Carlo Singson,  the Senior Manager, Business Development and Marketing Partnerships, NBA Asia, Limited with office listed in Hong kong. Carlo was born and grew up here, studied high school in La Salle Greenhilss but finished his college degree in the US. When asked who so far is their greatest product in this Jr. NBA program, he mentioned Keifer Ravena, star of the champion Ateneo Blue Eaglets team and  son of a PBA great, Bong Ravena of the Purefoods team. And oh yes, how could we miss Jama Mahlalela, the good-looking Director of Basketball Operations of NBA Asia, Limited who wooed the crowd with his dashing looks.

Back to BJ, he says he’s going back to the US in time for Game 3 of the Celtics-Bulls 1st round play-off match. When I asked his opinion on the chances of the East’s 8th seeded Bulls against the league leading top seed Cavs of King (Lebron James), he just raised a thumbs up sign. Well maybe, it as just for good luck for  his beloved Bulls squad (who is a  definite underdog),  to prevent a 4-0 sweep by a team tipped to go all the way to the finals. But there’s one thing we both agree: it’s still going to be a Laker and Kobe’s year.

Here are photos for posterity’s sake. 😀

Tapella Restaurant Launches New Delectable Menu

Tapella Restaurant, one of the Metro’s favorite restaurants, continues to please its growing clientele by rolling out new dishes—from appetizing tapas, fresh catch seafoods, tempting stews and mouth watering desserts. The new delectable menu promises to be a gustatory delight. Take a look:

Enjoy the Certified Angus beef mini burgers, tenderloin steak sandwich topped with garlic crisps and Norwegian smoked salmon and capers on fluted bread.

Crave for open-faced bites such as Cojonudos-fried quail eggs with pimiento and serrano ham in baguette and the juicy and savory duck fatty liver in bread.

Take pleasure in cream of lentil served with pancetta crisp, fresh red peppers stuffed with Spanish omelet and Chistorra Vasca-Basque’s famous chistorra sausage made from minced pork.

Another must try are the Cochifrito – A perfectly deep fried suckling pig served with fruit sauce.

Estofado de Cordero -Homestyle lamb stew with potatoes, onions and tomato sauce, fresh tuna in rich and thick tomato sauce and Barramundi fish in beurre blanc sauce.

And for those with the sweet tooth, don’t miss the Tarta Volcan– A rich and moist chocolate volcano eruption cake with strawberry syrup.

Tapella, at the Ground Level of Greenbelt 5, Makati City, is open daily from 11am until 12mn. Wine all-you-can paired with tapas and canapé’s is served every Friday from 6 to 9 pm. Dining at Tapella comes with complimentary WIFI — a premium amenity among Gaudi Restaurants.

The restaurant is surrounded by top Bussiness Offices, eight theatres and high end shops, making it the ideal spot for a quiet coffee, a fashionable business lunch or a romantic dinner.

Tapella offers a wide variety of Spanish cuisine served in an informal and relaxed ambience. Headed by Executive Chef Alexandra Cacho, the restaurant specializes in tapas and paellas plus a wider range of salads, pastas and desserts served the Spanish way that will surely perk up the gustatory spree. The wine selection is from around the world valued well for money. The ambiance gives a modern and relaxed atmosphere with interiors designed with plush of red and beige accent.  For more information or reservations, call 7572710 and 7572711.

Catching the Sanuk 2nd Sandcastle Competition

Last Friday, 9th of April, we decided to wind down our day at the Bonifacio High Street, Taguig City. We love hanging out in the open space and watch beautiful people with their families, friends, even pets, or simply sitting there enjoying the outdoors amidst the concrete jungle. Not to mention the added perk that delicious food is just a step away. It’s our favorite place, you see.

When we got there we found a group of busy people at the center near Krisy Kreme. It was the Sanuk 2nd Sandcastle Competition. Too bad, we didn’t get to see the participants build their sandcastles. But we did get to see the sandcastles before they were destroyed.

SANUK

us with Sanuk

Visit the Sanük stores:

Ayala Cebu (Active Zone) | Glorietta 4, Ayala Makati (Ground Floor, tel # 02 817-8862) | Limketkai Mall (2nd Level, tel # 08 856-3483) | Marquee Mall, Angeles Pampanga (2nd Level) | Robinsons Place Manila (2nd Level Midtown Wing, tel # 02 703-5789) | Robinson’s Iloilo SM MOA (2nd Floor, Ayala Cebu (Active Zone) | Glorietta 4, Ayala Makati (Ground Floor, tel # 02 817-8862) | Limketkai Mall (2nd Level, tel # 08 856-3483) | Marquee Mall, Angeles Pampanga (2nd Level) | Robinsons Place Manila (2nd Level Midtown Wing, tel # 02 703-5789) | Robinson’s Iloilo SM MOA (2nd Floor, Entertainment Mall, tel # 02 556-4558) | SM Fairview (Upper Ground Floor, Annex 2) | SM MEGAMALL Bldg. A (3rd Level, near the Cinemas) | Sanuk Kiosk (2nd Level, Power Plant Mall, at bridgeway near Bayo) | SM North EDSA The Block (3rd Level)

Sanuk is exclusively distributed by The Primer Group of Companies

WiniLa Launches at IP e-Games Domination IV

Gamers and techies of the country, witness the grand launch of Winila at the IP e-Games Domination IV on April 10, 2010, Saturday from 1o:00am to 6:00pm at the SMX Convention Center, SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City

e-Game’s Partner Winila

WiniLa is the newest and perhaps the most exciting online auction to date, offering daily discounts on the hottest gadgets and accessories in the market. What is noteworthy about Winila is that it is developed and maintained locally.

Privilege of bidders

Should you decide to become a bidder, you will receive up to 80% savings on pre-selected technology and lifestyle brands such as Playstation 3, Wii, XboX, Blackberry, iPhone, iPod, Mac Mini, Apple TV, Sony digital cameras, and Nokia mobile phones.

How to join

Register for FREE at www.Winila.com to avail yourself of the following features:

  • Choose from different bid-credit packages that suits your budget
  • Engage in auctions that start at a price of zero
  • Buy an item outright without bidding
  • Use an automated Winbroker who will do the bidding for you
  • Ease of use with multiple bid windows
  • Earn free bid credits for every friend referral

During the launch, registered users get to participate in a special live auction at the Winila booth. Up for bid are i-Pods, Skullcandy headphones, Samsung 19” LCD, Sony Playstation 3 Slim, PSP Go, and other cool items.

Winila–Spend small, Win Big!

Globe Launches My Rewards, My Globe Program

Globe thanks its 25 million subscribers by giving them one number, 4438, to send SMS to and get rewards and discounts.

Dubbed, My Rewards, My Globe or TM Astig Rewards (the TM counterpart offer), the program is open to all Globe and TM subscribers.

For more info about the program, click here.  If you want to get an idea of the rewards click here. You may also want to check out their Facebook fan page.