Manila International Book Fair 2014


Bookworms unite! The Manila International Book Fair (MIBF) – the biggest and most awaited book event in the country – will be held from tomorrow, September 17 up to the 21st at the SMX Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City. For bibliophiles, this is a good chance to see what local and international publishers have to offer in terms of their latest titles. And if you get lucky, you might meet your favorite authors too!

Senator Bam Aquino, a self-confessed book lover will lead the opening ceremonies on Sept. 17 at SMX. The event’s publicist provided a short bio of the senator where it was stated: “at the age of six, Aquino had already read Harper Lee’s ‘To Kill a Mocking Bird’. Among his favorite books are Paolo Coelho’s Fifth Mountain, John Carlin’s Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the Game that Made a Nation, Malcolm Galdwell’s The Tipping Point, J.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, Stephen King’s The Shining, Neil Gaiman’s American Gods, Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan series, and Mario Puzo’s The Godfather.

There are a total of 150 exhibitors in MIBF which is celebrating its 35th year. Some of these include the biggest publication houses. They will be displaying books from various genres – from bestsellers to textbooks, graphic novels and general references. Likewise, there are scheduled book launches and signings, dialogues with readers, contests, and literary events.

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Hands-on with the Unilever #PureItWater purifier

It was nice to get acquainted last week with the Unilever PureIt water purifier. I’ve always known Unilever as the multinational which produced those ubiquitous beauty and personal care products. It turns out: they’re now into consumer appliances too!

Unilever PureIt

This water purifier which now occupies an important space in our home came right in time because we’ve always bought our water from the neighborhood water refilling station. I guess, for a household decision-maker like me, this has always been the easiest way.

At a suggested retail price of only P5,000, I deem it a worthy investment because it’s certified by no less than the US Environmental Protection Agency as having met microbiological safety norms.

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The Physiogel Beauty Fair plus a giveaway!

Note: Read at the end of this post for a chance to win one of three gift packs from Physiogel. We guarantee it’s one beauty bag you can’t live without ;)

The contents: 300 ml Physiogel Cleanser, 200 ml Physiogel Lotion, 75 ml Physiogel Cream and another 60 ml travel-size Cleanser.Estimated value: P2,000 each.

Physiogel Pack

The Physiogel Beauty Fair was one fab event that happened at the Makati Shang-ri La last week. It got us closer to some of the in-demand make-up artists in the country who shared their insider tips on looking good, of course.

There was make-up artist to the stars Krist Bansuelo who did the make-up on Maya (Jodi Sta.Maria) when she wed Sir Chief (Richard Yap) in TV’s Wedding of the Year. Take a look! :)

Maya's wedding via @kristbansuelo

Krist subscribes to the “keep it simple dictum” by saying that great make-up starts with good cleansing. A hypoallergenic brand like Physiogel hydrates and keeps skin moisturized by mimicking the natural lipid composition of the skin. It’s so effective that it can last up to three days, even with washing or bathing.

MAC-sponsored make-up maven Pong Niu and beauty junkie Carla Avancena also shared their looking good tips, especially the trends that will hog the limelight in 2014.

Physiogel Beauty Fair

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Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 on sale Nov.8

Samsung’s GALAXY Note 10.1 (2014 Edition) will be available globally starting tomorrow, Nov. 8. It is a WiFi Only device, available in 16 GB + Micro SD up to 64 GB. There are two color options to choose from – Jet Black and Classic White. Price is around P25,000.

GALAXY Note 10.1 (2014)_1

We were able to have a preview of this tablet during a dinner at M Cafe recently where Rafael Gutierrez and Ivan Pua of Samsung Philippines’ Mobility & Convergence Products unit revealed that Galaxy Note 10.1 is one of their first products to be equipped with the Knox mobile security solution.This addresses the need of business users for security on Android devices. With the Knox platform, business and personal data will coexist on the same device; the user will simply press an icon to switch from Personal to Work (and vice versa) instantly.

Samsung Galaxy Note Tab 10.1

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5 winners: @beroccaPH giveaway

Congratulations to mommy Leira and daughter Adrienne for winning P1,500 worth of SM gift checks in our recent giveaway for SM Kids Fashion. We will be coordinating with you on how to claim your prize at an address in Makati City.

Anyway, I’ve been quite busy that I’ve neglected to announce the giveaways that have been pending here for a long time.Among these are gift packs from Breeze, skin care sets from Nature Republic and some cool computer accessories from Logitech. Be sure to come back to this space from time to time for our announcement ;)

Let’s end this Friday by giving away Berocca loot bags to 5 lucky winners. Berocca is my vitamin of choice because it’s already packed with Vitamin B Complex, Ascorbic Acid, Calcium, Magnesium & Zinc. I just dissolve it in water and sometimes it’s already good enough to accompany my meal so that I don’t have to drink unhealthy beverages like Coke and iced tea. it tastes nice too.


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Enjoy Premier Golfing in Ras Al Khaimah

More and more visitors from around the world are flocking to Al Hamra, a picturesque coastal town located in thriving Ras Al Khaimah (RAK), one of seven sheikdoms of the United Arab Emirates.

Under the strategic leadership of His Highness Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi, the town of Al Hamra has been transformed into a world-renowned tourist destination featuring an abundance of leisure and recreational activities. Among these attractions, Al Hamra Golf Club is one of the most prestigious.

A Hidden Oasis

Tucked along the waters of the Arabian Gulf, the Al Hamra Golf Club is a place where expert golfers and budding novices can exist in harmony while enjoying tee time on a one-of-a-kind eighteen-hole golf course. The course features four open interconnected water lagoons for a breathtaking view as golfers make their way around the course.

This popular golfing attraction was designed by Peter Harradine, the senior architect of his family business “Harradine Golf.” Considered an icon in the golfing industry, Harradine has designed more than 160 state-of-the-art golf courses around the world.

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Multiple Intelligence: going beyond IQ

School need not be the feared fortress it’s construed to be. As a high school and college student, I tried hard to be a good learner but the most I could do with the effort was to land in the top 10. Pursuing a field I loved (journalism) was the one thing I don’t regret, even as this went against the will of my mom who wanted me to pursue a more lucrative science course. I would like to think that my career choice is the reason why am happy and comfortable at this stage in my life. I may not be the one in my batch who drives a BMW or has the biggest house but am content enough not to care about what everyone else is having :)

Now that I am a mom myself, I try not to put the pressure on my children because I know that they will find their own way. What’s important is that they develop the discipline for learning, human relations and street smarts to cope with whatever life deals them later on.

I guess the Multiple Intelligence theory supports me on this matter. In the recent 2012 Superkids Conference, co-sponsored by Progress Pre- School GOLD, renowned learning expert Dr. Thomas Armstrong said intelligence is not just about academics.

“We are all born with the capacity for the 7 types of Multiple Intelligences- self, people, picture, logic, music, body, and word, but certain intelligences develop in different ways, and some at certain points of a child’s life,” Dr. Armstrong explained.


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Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Things are so fast-paced these days that saying ‘thank you’ is getting to be a luxury. I notice this when I give tips to taxi drivers or gasoline attendants, they don’t even say thank you anymore. I try to say thank you every time and not just because it’s a chore. I say this because life is short and the littlest things matter to other people. We must use our gift of speech and say things when the opportunity arises because the moment may never come again.

1. I thank God for always weaving little miracles into our lives. Like any other family, we have our up’s and downs but we are thankful to be together, to be safe, comfortable and be able to eat three meals a day. Other families aren’t so lucky and we pray for them too.

2. I gave birth to my youngest daughter Lucy, who is hale and healthy as can be. Am thankful that she’s growing up to be smart and lively (and curly-haired). Truly the light of our lives.


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Our TORQUE phone winners!

Congratulations to readers Anne Segovia Rosario and Lala Valderama for winning our recent giveaway promo featuring the Torque E55 and A100 phones.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thank you to our sponsor TORQUE and to everyone for joining! But wait, there’s more giveaways announced after the jump…..

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My Rewards, My Globe promo extended

An announcement from Globe Telecom:

Globe subscribers can continue redeeming handsets, movie passes, shopping and dining gift certificates and gadgets at 50 per cent off with the extension of the My Rewards My Globe promo until October 31, 2012 (Wednesday).

So far, hundreds of thousands of subscribers have used over 30 million points and enjoyed redeeming rewards at half the required points with the Globe Rewards Sale. Aside from the 50% discount, subscribers can also enjoy the program’s gifting feature where they can gift rewards to their friends and loved ones with a simple text, with the items delivered right at their doorsteps.

Also last week, Globe launched the first LTE data roaming service, initially partnering with China Mobile Hong Kong Company Limited and eventually with SK Telecom in Korea.

Globe President & CEO Ernest Cu revealed that they are “working with IPX providers Sybase, Aicent, Syniverse, Citic, Tata, and BICs to allow us to scale up our LTE roaming partnerships with operators from Australia, Singapore, US, Japan, Canada and the Middle East. We look forward to reaching these countries in the coming months.”

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