Monthly Archives: October 2012

Sentro’s Sinigang na Corned Beef

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Sentro and Sinigang na Corned Beef have become synonymous. Balikbayans (returning Filipinos) and foreign visitors alike love this dish. And would you believe this famous dish is already 10 years old?!

A brainchild of Executive Chef Vicky Rose Pacheco of Chateau 1771 Group of Restaurants, sinigang na corned beef is a creative take on the popular Filipino soup, sinigang soup.

Chef Vicky was thinking how she could put into good use the excess corned beef broth, and discovered that she could make the broth into sinigang by adding sour ingredient and putting in beef cuts with sinews, fat, and bones. The result: a hearty soup, and Sentro’s signature favorite dish— heartwarming, flavorful and meaty.

For the Sinigang na Corned Beef, the beef is exclusively sourced from a mix of local suppliers trusted for ten years. The pot is loaded with vegetables such as tomatoes, okra, taro corms (gabi), daikon (labanos), water spinach (kangkong), and eggplant stewed in tamarind. The broth from scratch is loaded with flavor-boosting natural spices. This is served hot and steamy.

One interesting tradition is to ask guests to sip the delicate soup stock prior serving so the sourness, saltiness, and spiciness can be adjusted according to preference–another personalized approach that this dish had built  a reputation on.

Executive Chef Vicky proved that there’s more to Filipino food, especially if it’s reinvented with fresh ingredients which give that unique but homey experience. If you’ve been craving with something like this or your curiosity has been piqued, there’s no other better time than now to get to know this decade-old dish which can only originally be found in Sentro.

Sentro 1771 in Greenbelt 3 is open from 11am to 11pm (Monday to Sunday) while Serendra is from 7am to 10:00 pm (Sunday to Thursday) / 7am to 11:00pm (Friday to Saturday). For inquiries and reservations, call Sentro Greenbelt 3 (02) 757 3941 or Sentro Serendra (02) 856 0581.

COMELEC Lists Official Senate Candidates

In an article in Yahoo!, COMELEC lists the official senate candidates as follows:

1.       Ricardo Penson (independent)
2.       Samson Alcantara (Social Justice Society)
3.       Greco Antonious Beda Belgica (Democratic Party of the Philippines)
4.       Baldomero Falcone (Democratic Party of the Philippines)
5.       Christian Señeres(Democratic Party of the Philippines)
6.       Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV
7.       Former Las Pinas City Rep. Cynthia Villar
8.       Former Akbayan Rep. Ana Theresia “Risa” Hontiveros-Baraquel
9.       Former Senator Maria Ana Consuelo “Jamby” Madrigal
10.   Former Senator Ramon Magsaysay Jr
11.   Aurora Rep. Juan Edgardo Angara
12.   Senator Alan Peter Cayetano
13.   Senator Antonio Trillanes IV
14.   Senator Aquilino Martin Pimentel 3rd
15.   Maria Lourdes Nancy Binay
16.   Margarita “Tin-Tin” Cojuangco,
17.   Former Senator Richard “Dick” Gordon,
18.   Former Senator Ernesto Maceda
19.   Former Senator Juan Miguel “Migz” Zubiri
20.   San Juan City Rep. Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito
21.   Zambales Rep. Maria Milagros “Mitos” Magsaysay
22.   Cagayan Rep. Juan Ponce “Jack” Enrile Jr.
23.   Senator Gregorio “Gringo” Honasan,
24.   Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) chair Grace Poe-Llamanzares
25.   Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero
26.   Senator Loren Legarda
27.   John Carlos De Los Reyes
28.   Marwil Llasos
29.   Rizalito David
30.   Former Philippine Constabulary chief Ramon Montaño
31.   Puerto Princesa Mayor Edward Hagedorn
32.   Bayan Muna party-list Rep. Teodoro “Teddy” Casiño

Read more about these Senatorial candidates here.

A word of advice from me, let’s choose carefully. Besides, don’t you find it disconcerting to have siblings, father and son, father and daughter, mother and son, mother and daughter, husband and wife, etc. in Senate, or even in Congress? I do.

Let’s not make our Houses a family affair.

 

Related post:

My Automated Election Experience

Enchanted Kingdom’s HalloWEE Trick or Treat!

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Get mesmerized and thrilled as Enchanted Kingdom Wizards Club presents Enchanting HalloWEE Trick or Treat this October 27! Visit Enchanted Kingdom and experience a magical Halloween that kids will absolutely remember.

Feel the magic and be the first 200 kids to arrive in FUNtasy themed costumes and get a chance to win special prizes!

It will be raining snacks and sweets as the Trick or Treat parade will make the rounds of every theme zone at Enchanted Kingdom! Join the club of FUNtastic kids in fancy costumes and watch the parade at 3 PM.

It’s HalloWEE made more FUNtastic and EKciting only at the first and only world-class theme park, Enchanted Kingdom!

Enchanted Kingdom’s HalloWEE Trick or Treat is brought to you by Jack ‘n Jill, Tender Juicy Hotdog, Choconanaz, Tom’s World and Gardenia.

For your protection, please ensure that Enchanted Kingdom tickets are purchased at the park (Sta. Rosa, Laguna) or at the EK Makati Sales Office (MSO), or from accredited ticket agents or sellers ONLY. Enchanted Kingdom, Inc. reserves the right to dishonor or invalidate tickets purchased from unauthorized sources.

For more information on the updated park schedule and promos of Enchanted Kingdom, you may call (02) 830-3535 loc. 333 or 444 or you may visit www.enchantedkingdom.ph and like Enchanted Kingdom on Facebook.

Where to Find SMA Microwave Components

Above is a photo of a microwave component. If you have been looking for microwave components and couldn’t find it anywhere that easily, then you should go online and check out Radiall. Most people these days, actually, look for things online.

Radiall recently revamped their website, which makes it easy for people to find interconnect components for numerous industries. The new site is easy to navigate and quick to load, making choosing and deciding which item to purchase much easier. So if you’re looking for good quality SMA microwave components, then check out their site.

On the site, you will find a wide array of coaxial devices. With the company’s state of the art techniques, they are able to produce high quality microwave components for use in commercial, military, and space applications. As a leading manufacturer of microwave Components, Raidall has a wide range of coaxial terminations and attenuators using standard interfaces from low to high power.

Check them out!

A Magical 17 with Enchanted Kingdom: Cast Members share their Spinning and Rocking Years at EK

“You do your best work if you do a job that makes you happy.” -Bob Ross

Theme zones bustling with smiling faces at the park. Quiet corners and laughter lounges at the Makati Sales Office. Everyday, Everyday ring tones. Phone calls, computer taps and mouse clicks. Project proposals, GP analysis and BSC reports. Meetings, meetings, and more meetings. Just your typical setting at Enchanted Kingdom’s workplace.

But away from the hustle and bustle of everyday work, what makes a job well worth it?

Meet some of the Cast Members who have been with the Enchanted Kingdom for 16 years as they share their long memorable years with the corporation.

Henry Henares, Asset Mgt. Specialist, WAM-COMPTROLLERSHIP says that he did not make a mistake when he chose to work and build his life around Enchanted Kingdom 16 summers ago. Enchanted Kingdom lives up to its purpose of creating magical moments and making people happy.

“I love EK and I love the environment. I know God gave this job just for me”, shares Henry.

As for Linus Jose Lopez from Office of the Head, going on his 17th year with Enchanted Kingdom, “I never thought of quitting my job.”

“I was touched and teary eyed when I watched the first fireworks display and heard the theme song of EK playing in the background. I am so proud to be a part of this first and only world-class theme park”, says Agueda “Dang” Guerra of Sales Department.

Glady Z. Angeles of Cash Control and Management Services will never forget the care and quick response of Enchanted Kingdom’s safety personnel when her water bag broke two weeks before her expected delivery. She could not have felt safer that day.

“Enchanted Kingdom was very supportive when the management allowed me to continue my studies while working here. I am very thankful, happy and blessed”, Carlos C. Lunas, EEP Business Development.

Cheers to Club 17!

With Enchanted Kingdom, it is not just a regular eight-to-five job with papers and deadlines to conquer. The recipe in staying long and happy with a company is learning to love the people and the workplace, embrace the challenges and grow with the vision together.

“It’s fun working at EK. It is the healthy work environment and team work of co-cast members, the support of management in helping us achieve personal and career growth, the good treatment of management, and the changes being made for the improvement of the quality of work and personality of everyone that makes me feel young whenever I am at the vicinity of Enchanted Kingdom,” says Esperanza M. Escape, SH – Billing & Payable.

Wilma Claros-Manuel of Internal Audit Services, in her first year with Enchanted Kingdom did not know what to expect from working at a theme park, but later on, enjoyed everything about the company especially the familial culture. On her 17th year, she considers Enchanted Kingdom her second home.

“I always feel like a kid when working here. There are ups and downs just like a roller coaster ride, but God is very present here. I love how the Cast Members support the company as well,” says Amor Tan Castillejo of Rides and Attractions.

Danilo R. Daygon of Group Sales Service shares his motivation, “I choose EK because I wanted to be part of the only world class theme park in our country.”

“All I wanted was a regular job that would sustain my family and studies, but I found something more – a family,” says Roderick Hara, Section Head of Rides and Attractions Division.

Enchanted Kingdom creates significant friendship amongst its Cast Members as attested by the interviewees. It is a place where you would want to be.

The Stunning Breakthrough

Assistant Manager to Officer-in-Charge for Rides and Attractions, Ronan Prudencio, and HRDM Section Head, Lilia Prudencio’s most magical moment with Enchanted Kingdom as husband and wife was when they both got promoted. To the lovely couple, Enchanted Kingdom is indeed a second family.

For Lorena Jacob of In-Park Food & Beverage, the most memorable experience she had with Enchanted Kingdom was when typhoon Ondoy badly damaged the company and the homes of most of the employees. It was then that all the departments formed a BALIKATAN to aid and help one another.

One magical breakthrough for Alfredo Bungubung from Rides and Attractions was when Enchanted Kingdom became the bridge for him and his wife to meet. Just like other Cast Members, he did not know what to expect from working at a theme park, but Alfredo loves Enchanted Kingdom and he is here to stay for more years.

After a tiring day, Veronica Almenar, Executive Secretary of HRMAS Division never forgets to smile. To her, working at Enchanted Kingdom is simply magical. Stress and exhaustion is no match to the “bayanihan” and familial culture that the company and employees give. “There is a certain incomparable happiness here. 17 years of being with Enchanted Kingdom is without a doubt, the most memorable experience I ever had. And now, I’m looking forward to counting more years of magical happiness,” she sentimentally shares.

Enchanted Kingdom became home to many Cast Members, both in good and hard times. This magical place is not just a theme park that paints smiles on the faces of its park guests but is a refuge to its employees. For most Cast Members, it is more than just having a workplace; it is having a home and a family.

Check out the website: http://www.enchantedkingdom.ph/

Like their Facebook page.

In Concert: Hotdog… isa pa nga!

ONE MORE HOTDOG PLEASE!

“Manila, Manila, I keep coming back to Manila…”

Every Filipino, here and abroad, most likely know this song, which talks about our beloved country and the longing to be there.

Composed and sung by brothers Rene and Dennis Garcia of the HOTDOG band, this song has become the “national anthem” of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW’s), which makes them sing along to it, makes them stand up and dance to it, and makes them, our hardworking OFW’s, homesick and yearning to be with their loved ones.

And so Hotdog makes us feel nostalgic once again with their benefit concert entitled HOTDOG… Isa Pa Nga! On Sunday, October 28, 2012 8pm at Dusit Thani Hotel Grand Ballroom. Their two hour nonstop concert will celebrate Original Pinoy Music, including their very own classic hits PERS LAB, IKAW LANG ANG MISS UNIVERSE NG BUHAY KO, BONGGA KA ‘DAY, BITIN SA YO, and many more. Their memory-tripping concert will gather most of the original Hotdog members, who have since gone on to lead their own professional lives – aside from Rene and Dennis, there will be drummer Jess Garcia, vocalists Gina Montes, Maso Diez, Joy Rivera, Rita Trinidad, and another former Hotdog member, crooner Arthur Manuntag.

The concert is for the benefit of the cancer-stricken children under the care of the Undying Wishes of Pinoys, Inc, formerly United Way Philippines, Inc.

Let us continue to support Filipino music and artists as Hotdog promises to make us feel proud Pinoys as they pay tribute to OPM with this concert.

Tickets are available at the Dusit Thani Hotel or thru 5430678.

Update:

You, readers of this post, will get 10% Discount if you get four (4) tickets or more for the P2,000-worth tickets. Get your tickets now!

Mapapakanta at indak ka sa tunog ng dekada ’70 sa reunion concert ng bandang Hotdog. -on ABS-CBN TV Patrol

Maybank Credit Cards: Enjoy Life Just Like That!

Make Someone Happy Today. Spread the Good Vibes. Just Like That.

Maybank, a full-service bank, is expanding its offerings by launching their credit card service. To give their clients their deserved financial flexibility, Maybank’s credit cards promise to be more than just a plastic money.  Rather, these credit cards offer a whole experience of positivity, togetherness and adventure.

The Maybank Credit Card EzyPlans

While Maybank is only about to enter the Philippine credit card market, there are already 2.2 million (and counting!) Maybank credit card holders in Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia. Each credit card experience is tailored to fit each region, partnering with local merchants and services to bring the best-value propositions to cardholders.

Expect regional treats and perks in the months to come from the Maybank credit cards. Check out their website,  http://www.maybank2u.com.ph/

Last week, Maybank had a grand launch at Marriott Hotel Manila at the Newport City. The launch was well attended by bank officials, country managers of both Visa and Mastercard, and the banks valued clients.  

The launch ended with a toast led by Mr. Jun Famatigan (PCEO of Maybank), Ms Eden Estrella (Head of Cards, Maybank), Mr. Poch Villareal (Country Manager, Mastercard), and Ms. Pia Arellano (Director for Business Development, Visa)

3 Tips for Building a Website or Blog

 Wow, it’s unbelievable!

In the past six years, I have been in the website/blogging business. I’ve helped built 2 websites and 6 blogs! Whew!

The two websites:

Going To Meet – The most comprehensive directory of conferences worldwide
Local Philippines – The most comprehensive directory of Philippine hotels and resorts

How I Built Websites 

  1. Plan the content first. Map out the data, in other words. In so doing, you need to come up with a goal for your website. The goal will address the audience, the reach or niche,  and will determine the  timeline of your research. Having a good and comprehensive content is an important step to success. Based on experience, you don’t need an SEO if you have great content.
  2. Have a good structure, design, and functionality. In development, make sure that there is ease of navigation, the site loads fast, and the background, color, font (text) are easy on the eyes. An important consideration also is that the site can be viewed in different browsers (IE, Firefox, and Chrome, among others).
  3. Establish interactivity. For websites, it’s important that you engage your readers and when they land on your site, they are called to action. The Net is also full of resources and tips for making a website. You may want to check out http://www.hereshowtomakeawebsite.com/.
  4. Choose the best content management system for you: WordPress, Joomla or Drupal, among others.

My blogs:

Six Sigma
Customer Relations
Mama Is Working
Brands for Grabs
I Am on the Streets
Miss Usage

How I Built Blogs

  1. Decide on a niche and focus on that. I am used to beginning work with an outline, and having specific topic or a niche makes it outlining easier. It’s also easier to be consistent and in the process, the blog develops a theme. A good result of this is that you become an authority on the topic that you’ve chosen. If you have authority, people seek out your blog for information.
  2. Update regularly. It’s important that you have fresh content regularly. I am guilty of not updating regularly lately, but when I started my blogs, I was posting every day, and then three times a week. Lately Google Panda puts importance on great original content and thus, updating can be once a month only as long as you meet the first criteria.
  3. Original content. People or readers go to your blog if you have original content. You can find a lot of resources on the Net on how to come up with original content. Foremost is that out of the gazillion information and data on the net, make your own spin on these info. This will make your content uniquely yours.

Easy does it. If I can do it, you can do it, too. Best of luck guys! :)

Boosting the Gaming Industry in the Philippines

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The 120-hectare integrated casino and tourism hub that is being contructed in Manila Bay is envisioned to boost the gaming industry in the country. Dubbed as the Entertainment City, it will make the Philippines the next market to watch that will overtake those in Las Vegas and Singapore, as indicated in a research report by Citi.

Already there are about 40 casinos in the Philippines and if you are looking for a party casino, then these are highly exclusive slot machine VIP clubs, sure to meet your needs and then some . The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR), a government owned and controlled corporation, operates most of these casinos. In 2011, PAGCOR reported a revenue of P36 billion. It hopes to increase this revenue in the years to come.

While many oppose such projects, casinos and other gaming hubs can boost the economy, being a big revenue resource. Being an entertainment hub, it can attract tourists just like in Las Vegas. It’s what’s happening now at Resorts World Manila. People go there not to gamble but to shop and dine, watch plays and see movies. Gamblers gamble, others enjoy the entertainment. It can provide jobs as well. And jobs mean provision which gives people a decent life.

Some Practical Tips 

  1. Bring a watch – Most, if not all casinos don’t have clocks in the gaming area. I guess so that gamblers won’t know the time, and would just play on.
  2. Know the essential areas – These are the restrooms, the restaurant, the area where you can cash out your chips. Often these areas are located in the innermost parts of the building where going to and fro would make you pass by other gaming areas or gaming machines. If you know the reason for this, then you’d know how to avoid the temptation of playing again, if you feel you’ve had enough.
  3. Be a wise player/casino-goer – In gambling, there is such a thing as adrenaline pumping techniques, where you get those near-wins. So you tend to play on some more and win a little. But you want more, so you play again. Know the signs and know when to quit. There also those freebies who would make you stay longer in the area and keep you there.
  4. Avoid alcohol – Obviously, you wouldn’t want to be drunk while playing.
  5. Play with a budget in mind – Let’s hope you stay sober and sane to stick with your budget.