Thursday, February 27, 2014

Chic Driven Empowerment Expo: Bloggers Event

Today I went down early to the metro to attend a Brunch event for bloggers. It was something exciting for me because its all about women empowerment and its happening at the newly opened Azumi Hotel in Alabang. I seldom go to events because I am province-based, the metro traffic is something frightening and exhausting for me. But sometimes there are things that I can' resist.

The event was a Bloggers Brunch for the upcoming Chic Driven Empowerment Expo to be held at Alabang Town Center on March 28 - 30, 2014. It was hosted by the dashing Ms. Issa Litton and the beautiful preggy Jeanette Tuason. Ms. Issa I knew is a theater actress and Jeanette is a column writer of the Philippine Daily Inquirer (PDI). Yeah! quite women power they are.

So the Chic Driven Expo actually is an off-shoot of her PDI ChicDriven column which is all about motoring. You got it right, Jeanette is an expert when it comes to motoring, quite enthusiastic because it seems motoring used to be a man's world.

In celebration of International Women¹s Month, Zest Asia Inc. has organized the Chicdriven Women Empowerment Expo happening in Alabang Town Center Atrium on March 28-30, 2014.  This community development event aims to arm women with the different tools, information and skills to help them achieve having it all, the Chicdriven way.

Inspired by the overwhelming response to the Chicdriven Column in Philippine Daily Inquirer Motoring section, this celebration of women empowerment is supported by Alabang Town Center, Bridgestone Tires, Toyota Motor Philippines.  The expo offers free seminars and workshops on topics such as road safety, auto maintenance, fashion, beauty, parenting, life balance, health and wellness.  Other highlights include the Electrolux cooking demo By Chef Bruce Lim, and a Makeover station by BYS cosmetics.  Partners including Standard Insurance, Marie France, Brabantia, Garden barn and Tuason Racing School will offer exciting booth demos and workshops during the expo.

“We wanted to make an event that will bring together different women’s group and advocacies in one celebration.  We want the community to be engaged as active participants and not just passive spectators," explains Jeanette Ipapo-Tuason, author of the Chicdriven and organizer of the expo. “Each seminar represents an advocacy and is co-hosted by a civic or advocacy group such as Zonta Club Alabang, Mommy Mundo, and parent’s associations of the different schools in the south,” she added.

The Chicdriven Women Empowerment Expo will run from March 28-30, 2014 at the Alabang Town Center Atrium and will be open during mall hours. The event is also supported by Fringe Salon, Fitness First, Melissa and Doug, Ogalala, Safety 1st, Pigeon, and Gluta White, Has  Media Partners are Metro, Working Mom, Chalk, Lifestyle Chanel, E! and  For Seminar Schedules, please visit ChicDriven on Facebook for updates and promos or email them at

We had a hearty lunch with matching delightful desserts at the event and a tour of the new Azumi Hotel. Read my other blog post here.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Search for Mrs. Philippines-Globe 2014

The search for the country's most empowered married woman or single mother will once again honor Filipina women of substance who play an important role in the society.

Mrs. Philippines-Globe 2014 salutes Filipino women who possess that rare combination of beauty and substance. This pageant celebrates women who do not let age and civil status get in the way of fulfilling their dreams, and whose achievements, life stories and charitable acts serve as inspiration to others.

On its third year, the pageant's special screenings will be held on March 15 for Cebu/Davao screening at Teatro Casino, PAGCOR Cebu, Waterfront Hotel, Lahug, Cebu City. GMA/Luzon screening will be on March 22 at Citrus Snap Studio, 8/F RCI Bldg., Rada St., Makati City. Deadline of entries is on March 1, 2014.

Only 20 official candidates will be chosen to compete for the coveted crown during the national pageant night set on May 17, 2014 at SMX Aura Premiere in Bonifacio Global City. More importantly, the winning candidate will represent the Philippines in the Mrs. Globe 2015 World Finals at Shenzhen, China on November 2014.

Mrs. Philippines-Globe is the local franchise of Mrs. Globe USA, an organization strongly affiliated with the Women in Need Foundation, which aims to help abused women and children recover their self-esteem. The pageant emphasizes that women have the right to be heard, loved and respected.

Interested parties may download the application forms at for more inforamtion about Mrs. Philippines-Globe you may also visit the pageant's official Facebook page at

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

The Wonder of Eggplant (Talong)

We had this for lunch today. I call this menu as "pinasosyal na talong" - actually its just fried eggplant topped with spaghetti sauce. I cooked macaroni yesterday for Ivan's afternoon snack and kept the leftover sauce. And here it is > > >

Facts about eggplant:

Eggplant (Solanum melongena) is a species of nightshade commonly known in British English as aubergine and also known asmelongene, garden egg, or guinea squash

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The eggplant is a delicate, tropical perennial often cultivated as a tender or half-hardy annual in temperate climates. It grows 40 to 150 cm tall, with large, coarsely lobed broad leaves. The stem is often spiny. The flower is white to purple, with a five-lobed corolla and yellow stamens. The egg-shaped glossy black fruit has white flesh with a meaty texture. 

The fruit is botanically classified as a berry and contains numerous small, soft seeds which are edible, but have a bitter taste because they contain nicotinoid alkaloids(it is a close relative of tobacco.
Source: wikipedia

While eggplants don't have an overwhelming supply of any one nutrient, they do contain an impressive array across the board of many vitamins and minerals, such as excellent amounts of fiber, folate, potassium and manganese, as well as vitamins C, K, and B6, phosphorus, copper, thiamin, niacin, magnesium, and pantothenic acid.

Studies indicate that eggplant has a number of health benefits from all these ingredients, as well as traditional uses. Sometimes, the leaves and roots are juiced or boiled to make a tonic for throat and stomach troubles, asthma, skin diseases, rheumatism, inflammation, intestinal hemorrhages, foot pain, coughs, anorexia, toothache, or as a general stimulant.

Modern-day scientists found that the Black Magic variety of eggplant contains nearly three times the amount of antioxidant phenolics they found in other eggplant types. Phenols are known to be one of the most powerful free radical scavengers, which can prevent cancer development and heart disease, but it's these very attributes that give eggplants a slight bitter taste.

Another study found that anthocyanin phytonutrients in the skin of eggplants, called nasunin, is a potent antioxidant that zaps free radicals and protects the lipids (fats) in brain cell membranes from damage.

One interesting aspect of eggplant is its shady connections, since it's a member of the nightshade family of plants with tomatoes, potatoes, and bell peppers, as well as chili peppers, habeneros, jalapenos, and paprika. Many nutritionists caution that too many servings of eggplant might cause problems. In fact, ancient Mediterranean people reportedly nicknamed it “mad apple,” believing that eating eggplant every day for a month would cause insanity.


What happens when a young gay man falls in love with a woman? That’s the central concept behind Red Turnip Theater’s second offering, COCK by Mike Bartlett. A sold-out hit when it first premiered in London in 2009 and subsequently during its off-Broadway run a year later, COCK revolves around a gay couple whose rocky relationship derails when one of them sleeps (and falls in love) with a woman. Debates over one’s sexual identity explode when all three decide to sit down and “duke it out” over dinner. Hilarity ensues when another unexpected guest turns up and loyalties are put to the test. As one character puts it, “It’s the ultimate bitch fight”.

The New York Times calls COCK “a terrific, tense little comedy” while The Huffington Post hails it as “a terrific contemporary play that puts much of other theater to shame”. This critical darling is the perfect bookend to Red Turnip’s maiden season.

Fresh from the success of their critically-acclaimed CLOSER last October at Whitespace, Red Turnip promises another unique, in your face theatrical experience with COCK. The vision of five established actors (Ana Abad Santos, Topper Fabregas, Jenny Jamora, Cris Villonco and Rem Zamora), Red Turnip aims to engage theater goers with the sort of material that seems to be in short supply in the country—the straight play.

Rem Zamora makes his directorial debut with COCK.“We’re excited to be back in Whitespace. A lot of people who came to CLOSER said they enjoyed the intimacy of the experience and the space. That was in Hall B. We’re going even more intimate this time in the smaller Hall A. COCK also plays in the round so it feels like you’re watching a fight in an arena—no frills: just words and pure conflict in the ring, and an intense involvement in the audience.”

Zamora has assembled a tight cast of theatrical heavyweights for COCK’s Manila premier: Topper Fabregas (Boeing Boeing, The Producers), Niccolo Manahan (Next Fall, Doubt), Jenny Jamora (Mind’s Eye, A Little Night Music), Audie Gemora (Sweeney Todd, Les Miserables) Fabregas is John, a young man caught between his gay lover and his growing attraction to another woman- W, played by Jamora.

Niccolo Manahan makes a theatrical comeback as M, John’s lover who isn’t about to let him go without a fight. “I feel ‘Cock’ will be a great experiment for me; an experiment in balancing my life with the things I enjoy doing, and an experiment in pushing my range. I don’t know where this experiment will lead but its an incredible opportunity that I’m thankful for.”

Rounding off this impressive cast is theater stalwart Audie Gemora as F, M’s well-meaning father whose sudden appearance at dinner throws everyone for a loop. “The birth of a theater group is always exciting and eventful with fresh artistic vision and passion. I am thrilled to be part of Red Turnips 2nd offering, ‘Cock’. This is Rem Zamora's directorial debut and my first time to be acting opposite brilliant young actors Niccolo Manahan and Jenny Jamora, while Topper Fabregas takes on his most complex character yet. Together we jump into a crackling cock fight of personalities, emotions and words.”

COCK is a comedy… with bite. No props, scenery or furniture. Just actors, sharp dialogue and some clever staging. All essential. Absolutely Red Turnip.

COCK is supported by FILA through the kindness of its President and owner Cris Albert. Supporting the arts has become one of her numerous advocacies, a true testament to her generous spirit and her commitment to giving back to the community.

Direction by Rem Zamora, technical direction and lighting design by John Batalla, set design by Denis Lagdameo and sound design by Jethro Joaquin.

Cock will be staged at Whitespace — 2314 Chino Roces Ave. Extension (formerly Pasong Tamo Extension), Makati — on March 7, 14, 21, 28 and April 4 (Friday, 9 p.m.); March 8, 15, 29 and April 5 (Saturday, 8 p.m.); April 5, Saturday at 4 p.m.; March 9, 16, 23 and April 6 (Sunday, 4 p.m.) and special closing gala on April 6, Sunday, 8 p.m. Tickets are available through TicketWorld (891-9999 Or Red Turnip Theater ( or

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Saturday, February 22, 2014

Are you at Risk of Osteoporosis?

Found this among my old files, its the result of my bone scan more than a year ago. But anyway,here's something I just would like to share.

The bone scan method is a procedure via a nuclear imaging test wherein it can be possibly detected if you are at-risk of osteoporosis or any possible bone disease.

The procedure I had was done using a mobile foot scan machine and it was during one of those supermarket health campaigns by a local milk brand.

But what is Osteoporosis?

Osteoporsis is a medical condition in which the bones become brittle and fragile from loss of tissue, typically as a result of hormonal changes, or deficiency of calcium or vitamin D.

What are the causes and symptoms of Osteoporosis?
  • Age. Osteoporosis is more likely as people grow older and their bones lose tissue.
  • Gender. Women are smaller and start out with less bone. They also lose bone tissue more rapidly as they age. While women commonly lose 30-50% of their bone mass over their lifetimes, men lose only 20-33%.
  • Race. Caucasian and Asian women are most at risk for the disease, but African American and Hispanic women can get it too.
  • Figure type. Women with small bones and those who are thin are more liable to have osteoporosis.
  • Early menopause. Women who stop menstruating early because of heredity, surgery or lots of physical exercise may lose large amounts of bone tissue early in life. Conditions such as anorexia and bulimia also may lead to early menopause and osteoporosis.
  • Lifestyle. People who smoke or drink too much, or do not get enough exercise have an increased chance of osteoporosis.
  • Diet. Those who do not get enough calcium or protein may be more likely to have osteoporosis. That is why people who constantly diet are more prone to the disease.
Is Osteoporosis preventable?

The prevention of osteoporosis is a lifetime process but bone mass start breaking down at age 35. Once you are at-risk of osteoporosis the condition is irreversible. It is therefore important to consume adequate amount of calcium and vitamin D along with physical activity and it should begin with children such to ensure good development of the bones.

A healthy lifestyle without smoking and excessive intake of alcohol will also be helpful.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

How to Keep Your Child Absolutely Safe at all Times

You may call me a mom freak, but there's nothing that scares me at all times but just to think how I can make my only little boy safe and free from any danger or harm.

Part of being a mom is worrying about your children at all times. While most moms think they can never stop worrying about their kids, there are simple ways to overcome it. Equipping your children with the right knowledge about the world around them is the best way for them to stay safe - no matter where they are.

Stay Away from Strangers – Both in the Playground and Online
We’ve heard it all before, “don’t talk to strangers.” While statement is true, it is important to define to your children what you mean by “stranger”.[1] Tell your children that a stranger is anyone they don’t know, even if they’re dressed well or if they are polite. Even familiar faces can be strangers if your children feel uncomfortable around them. Kids should know that they shouldn’t take anything from people they are not comfortable with, like treats, or even a ride home. Also, teach your children to not believe stories strangers tell them about their parents, especially ones involving accidents.

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With the advent of the internet, it’s important to monitor your children’s online social activity. Remind your children that not everyone they meet on the internet is a “friend.” Install kid-friendly software and ensure that they have access to online sites within your reach. Remind your children to tell you immediately if anything on the internet makes them feel uncomfortable, especially if they are being bullied by friends or classmates online.

Have a Safe List for Your Kids
Kids work well when boundaries are set. It is important to sit down with your children to further discuss your safe list with them. A safe list contains everything they can go home with, places they can play in and outside of your home and a general idea of what’s appropriate or not (whether from a stranger or a family member). Even a safe word within the family, to be used only during emergencies, can be implemented. Being involved in your children’s lives is a good way to keep them safe, whether you are with them or not.

Learn Self Defense 
Let your children gain confidence by knowing they can take care of themselves. Enroll them in self-defense classes such as Muay Thai, Karate, and Taekwondo, not only will they learn how to protect themselves but they would also be able to gain new friends, pick up a new sport, and build their self-esteem.

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Thursday, February 13, 2014

The Goldilocks Heart-Shaped Mamon

My little boy Ivan saw this on TV ad and he bothered me for the endless times telling me we need to go to Goldilocks and buy one for him.

Its the newest craze in town, the Goldilocks heart-shaped "mamon".

Sometimes, we Filipinos are connoted as soft-hearted or "pusong mamon" because we are sentimental, we easily cries over soap opera, just mere sad stories make us shed tears. Maybe its because we are culturally family-oriented and we will always have a soft heart not just for our families but for other people as well.

So we wasted no time and rushed to the nearest Goldilocks outlet and grabbed some "mamon. True to its claim, the Goldilocks heart-shaped mamon has a very light texture and tastes so good. Ivan finished one even before we left the store ha!ha!

Just in time for the love month, since its heart-shaped the Goldilocks mamon is a perfect gift for your loved ones. What I also like most about it, is the creamy caramel filling inside.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

A Blurb on the Met’s Abueva: The Power of Form Exhibition

Following the success of the first “Abueva: The Power of Form” lecture series last month, the Metropolitan Museum of Manila brings to the public two more Abueva lectures this February! Art critic and historian, Cid Reyes will give a talk on “Pioneering Modern Philippine Sculpture” while artist and sculptor Jun Yee will be giving homage to his mentor on his talk entitled, “Abueva: Through the Eyes of an Artist.” Lectures will be held on February 15, 2014 and February 22, 2014 respectively at 3PM at the Metropolitan Museum of Manila, BSP Complex, Roxas Blvd., Manila. Museum entrance fee is inclusive of the admission for the talks.

To reserve your seats, please contact Sabrina at (02) 708-7828 or email Museum hours are from Mondays-Saturdays, 10:00 AM-5:30 PM. Seeyou at the Met!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: Family Get Together

Yeah! I miss those few times that we are together as one family. Its because daddy works overseas and away from us most often.