Monthly Archives: July 2013

Interesting Structures in Bonifacio Global City

My family and I was in Bonifacio High Street yesterday to check on the Nike Elite socks that my son had been harping about. LOL… We checked out Titan store there, and found out that this store carries limited edition of shoes, mostly Nike, and socks. After a quick online research, I found out that its first store in Burgos Circle was established as a a shrine that pays homage to basketball and its proud heritage. It is an interesting concept store, actually. You should check it out! Or check out Titan’s online store.

In front of Titan, as we were looking around, I saw a line of building structures that have interesting architecture, (pictured above). Except for the couple of them, W and Globe, I didn’t know the names of the other two.

Bonifacio Global City is turning out to be an interesting area, actually, and it remains to be my favorite pasyalan. :)

Cinemalaya’s “Boses” Needs to be Heard

“Boses” is the story of a boy made mute due to unbearable circumstances, and the friendship he forges when he learns to play the violin under a reclusive mentor who is also dealing with personal issues.

Starring seasoned thespians Cherry Pie Picache, Ricky Davao, and Meryll Soriano, and first-time actors Coke Bolipata and Julian Duque, “Boses” has been shown in at least nine countries around the world, and over 50 schools and communities in Metro Manila and Philippine provinces, since its big debut at the 4th Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival. “Boses” makes its way to SM Cinemas on July 31.

Among the places abroad where “Boses” has competed and been exhibited include: New York Los Angeles, Boston, Yale University, Oregon, Chicago, Hawaii, Vancouver, India, Korea, Hong Kong, Geneva, Zurich, Madrid and University of Alberta. In the country, “Boses” has toured schools, communities and parishes in partnership with various organizations such as the University of the Philippines, Assumption College, Ateneo de Naga, Holy Infant Jesus, Philippine High School for the Arts, De La Salle University, College of St. Benilde, Don Bosco, Centro Escolar University, Lourdes School, the Technological University of the Philipines, Earist, Claret School, several schools in Tacloban, Baguio, and Pangasinan, and communities in Tondo and Bagong Silang. It has also been screened in government offices, the Department of Justice, the National Economic and Development Authority, Aksyon Para sa Kapayapaan, Humein Ecology, Pasay Children’s Network, Couples for Christ and the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines.

Just this year, “Boses” was shown to a crowd of about 1,500 students at Sienna College at a screening organized by the Couples for Christ, and almost 2,000 viewers in Iloilo at back-t0-back previews organized by the University of the Philippines Iloilo Humanities Division and CBCP Youth Commission. The film was well received by student leaders in Samar, the Filipino employees of the United Nations in Vienna, and also by the cineastes in London when it was shown at the UK’s historic Riverside Theater.

Directed by Ellen Ongkeko-Marfil and written by Froilan Medina and Rody Vera, “Boses” also has the distinction of being one of seven Filipino movies especially selected for a series of screenings by the Department of Foreign Affairs. The esteemed list includes Mike de Leon’s “Bayaning Third World,” Lino Brocka’s “Tinimbang Ka Nguni’t Kulang,” Eddie Romero’s “Ganito Kami Noon, Paano Kayo Ngayon?” Brillante Mendoza’s “Lola,” and Jeffrey Jeturian’s “Kubrador.”

With audience attendance ranging from hundreds to as much as 2,000 per screening, the production team estimates that about 100,000 people have seen “Boses.” The clamor for screenings is continuous, and this early, block screenings organized by interested parties have been booked at SM Cinemas for July 31 onwards.

After touring Iloilo last July 5 and 6, the cast and director head off for Davao this coming July 10-12 for a child protection forum with military personnel who are also set to watch the film when it opens in SM Davao on July 31. “For me, this movie is really one of the most important films done in this generation,” Ricky Davao says to explain the movie’s enormous appeal. “It tackles forgiveness, social issues, healing and the chance to change for the better.”

Director Ellen Marfil declares, “The response and the groundswell of support has been really amazing… Our project is certainly one that is able to forge ties between organizations and peoples.”

For more information about “Boses,” like its Facebook page:

View “Boses” official trailer below.


The Much Awaited World Food Expo 2013 is Back!

World Food Expo (WOFEX) is back! The ultimate food show experience, WOFEX 2013, the country’s most effective Food & Beverage trade show, will be held from July 31-August 3 at the SMX Convention Center and the World Trade Center.

WOFEX 2013, celebrating its 13th year international expo on worldwide food & beverages, technologies & machineries, is the best way for industry buyers to meet up with industry sellers, with about 400 exhibitors in attendance. It will cover both trade and retail exhibits in two huge venues.

Included in WOFEX 2013 is the Philippine Culinary Cup (PCC), now on its 4th year. Endorsed by the World Association of Chefs Societies (WACS), this is the most prestigious culinary competition where the best meet to compete. For this year, winners for some categories will get the chance to win trips to the US and Asia.

And to add to this already exciting event is Wofex University, now on its 2nd year, which takes education to the next level, and where advanced learning opportunities from industry experts are being offered. The highlight of Wofex U this year is the participation of Chef Rick Moonen, founding member of the Seafood Choices Alliances, owner of RM Seafood in Las Vegas, and finalist of Top Chef Masters.

Organized by Premier Events Plus Group, Inc. (, WOFEX 2013 will also have an extensive line up of seminars, product demonstrations and workshops for the four-day exposition.

For more information, please call (632) 9297993, 9297963, log on to,,, or Like us (WOFEX) on Facebook!

Pilipinas Futbol Azkals at Pontefino Hotel and Residences Batangas City

 Pilipinas Futbol Azkals recently announced its partnership with Pontefino Hotel and Residences in Batangas City as its official hotel home in the country. Aside from this, Batangas City Mayor Eddie Dimacuha is also supporting the team by proposing a football field in Batangas City which will serve as their football practice field. Shown in photo are the members of the Pilipinas Futbol Azkals during the launch at Pontefino Hotel and Residences at Batangas City.

Plastic Ban, Finally!

Finally, Makati City is implementing the “no-plastic” policy through the EO No. 007, Series of 2012. It started last July 1st. And I know Parañaque City is following soon. I saw it on my Facebook stream.

SM Malls started with it, and practiced it every Wednesday. Then Mercury Drug would do it every Friday. Now, all shops in Makati are mandated to do away with plastic bags/cups/materials.

Adjustment Period

I, for one, is just making the adjustment as I was used to carrying things in a bag and not carrying them in my arms. I have to hold the paper bag well also lest I tore it and spill the contents. Thus, I have decided to always bring a bag, those canvass/cloth bags every time I go out. There are those that are folded. I suggest you get those so that you can pack it easily in your bag. It’s easier to commute with those bags, too.

Many ask about how to pack those perishables such as fish, meat, etc. Some say there are biodegradable “plastics.” I guess we’ll have to be bringing along containers for such goods.

At KFC De la Rosa, one time, we had to take out food and was told that they couldn’t give us the plastic spoon and fork. So another tip is to bring your own utensils.

At McDo Glorietta, they don’t serve free water because they don’t have extra cups for that. You buy first a drink, consume that drink, and use the paper cup for the water. So if you are a non-soda drinker, better bring your own water when you go to McDo Glorietta.


But I’m happy of this development. Paper is reusable, recyclable, biodegradable, and thus, environment-friendly.  I hope this is going to be a huge step toward addressing the garbage problem in the metro. Not to mention the flooding problem, that is caused also by the plastic materials clogging our canals and waterways.

Let’s hope the whole country will implement the policy, too.

On TVCs: The Devil is in the Details

The storyline is that the son is a  new student in school and wanted to play football with new classmates. Good!

Now focus on the son’s white shoes. The son was hesitant to play because he might dirty his shoes. But mother said, “Binyagan na yan!” 

“Binyagan” is a term in Filipino that means to baptize.  A local would understand the message as to break in the new shoes, and never mind if they would get dirty. The brand promotes the idea that children can go out and play and be dirty as long as they learn and have fun from it. After all, the moms have the Breeze laundry powder to rely on to clean the shoes or clothes afterwards.

Focus on the shoes again. They are not football shoes.

We were watching it one evening, and my younger son said, “Mama, if you play football with those shoes, your feet could hurt!” 

The shoes were sneakers, aren’t they!?!

Which got me thinking. The makers of the TVC should have been more careful. I’m sure there are plenty of white, shiny football shoes out there.