In Verbatim – Philippine Madrigal Singers’ Trionfo

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I always see to it that I’ll be attending every concert from the Philippine Madrigal Singers, and their last concert is one for the books!

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Their Trionfo concert features songs that they performed during their stint in Arezzo, where they bagged the championship and their qualification to the European Grand Prix for this year. I’m glad that I didn’t miss the event with #LeBoyf, and coming from their life streams and recordings, listening to their songs live is pure intimate bliss.

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With my partner in crime, #LeBoyf!

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The lobby of the CCP Main theater is JAM PACKED! tickets were sold out and it is a night to remember. the joy of listening to the most beautiful sound on earth is heaven on earth, and I am proud of this group for bringing the choral scene to greater heights. they are awe-inspiring, and humble, and heart-felt.

Here’s the photo dump with my favorite MADZ people and my fellow chorister friends!

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With #LaKathsera and he friend! and #LeBoyf!
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With my favorite MADZ tenor, Itchie!
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With my favorite MADZ girlies, Trish and April <3
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With Frank! <3

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Catch the latest from the Philippine Madrigal Singers on their website, on Facebook and on Youtube!

 

 

Revisiting Plana’s Pantry – now with group meals for sharing

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It’s been a while since I visited Plana’s Pantry, and missed their homey feel of the place and the wide assortment of dishes for everyone. Their instagram-worthy facade is indeed a must, and their location that is tucked away from the city proper makes it a must-go place for dates and group convos with family, friends and loved ones.

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I went to visit their place again sometime in November, and this time they are offering group meals for small and large gatherings! Now that is another reason for me to visit this quaint place to dine in.

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Take a peek on what’s included on their together meals:

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Tomato Basil Shrimp Pasta – Al dente, savory, tangy. Their cheese bread is a must, best eaten when hot to savor the gooey cheese inside the bread.

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Bacon Carbonara – The perfect balance of the carbonara sauce topped with bacon bits fits the bill. and also, don’t forget the cheese bread!

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Hickory BBQ ribs – one of their best sellers, best served with pesto rice which is included in their set menu, one of the best i’ve tried!

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Chicken teriyaki – it has the right balance of sweetness that is also perfect with their pesto rice.

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Lengua – I admit I’m not a fan of the dish but this from Plana’s is something I recommend!

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Their group meal also includes corn and carrots, their muy delicioso pesto rice and their refreshing iced tea.

Their group meals are available all year round! Check out the prices for their Together meals:

  • 4-5 pax – P1130
  • 8-10 pax – 2950
  • 14-15 pax – 4525
  • 18-20 pax – 6535

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Plana’s Pantry also sells cookies and cakes in their Quezon City branch, you can choose from the following: Gooey Choco Caramel, Carrot Cake, Midnight Chocolate (P950 each), and Winnie’s Chocolate Cookie (picture above) (P65/pc)

Visit Plana’s Pantry in their Mandaluyong and Quezon City branch to avail on their wonderful meals! <3

* all pictures were taken in Plana’s Pantry Mandaluyong branch.

Plana’s Pantry – Mandaluyong branch

RL Building, 50 Domingo M. Guevara, Mandaluyong, 1550 Metro Manila

Plana’s Pantry – Quezon City branch

Hi-Top Supermarket Building, 1650 Quezon Avenue, Corner Sgt. Esguerra Avenue, South Triangle, Quezon City

 

Life update: lookback from 2016

2016 has been crazy because of the life events and the happenings around the metro. Celebrity deaths is the most devastating, and so is the politics here and around the globe. Life has been crazy as well, and I’ve been crazy sick for almost a month as of this writing (blame it on the allergic cough) but anyway, here’s what this year has been for me:

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The Marketing-CEX team!

My office work has been the most demanding and I didn’t even expect that, save it for the fast-paced environment and the people that I’ve been interacting with.

But here’s the absolute truth: working in AXA PH has been the most rewarding in my career. I’ve learned so much from the people around me, work and life-wise. I wanna learn more and hopefully, to fully practice my programming/designing skills that in fact, I started taking up programming lessons (that deserves a separate post, more on that soon), and though I have friends in where I am right now, I still miss my friends in IT division. :)

I admit I made mistakes along the way, but I also realize that I need not to be depressed on a single mistake alone. One of my colleagues just disappeared without any notice, with reasons unknown (except for health/psychiatric reasons). If only my colleague stood up and asked for help, I could’ve done something. Really hoping for the best for him.

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Coro De San Sebastian <3

In relation to the one above, I learned how to take full responsibility and to lead others as well. I was appointed as the president of Coro De San Sebastian this year, it was a LOT of hard work, commuting from Makati to Manila just to attend the church rehearsals and meetings on time. I’m thankful that my team is the most cooperative so far in attending grand choir performances and other church activities, and despite being in a small group I am confident that we are a strong team. I am hopeful that we can be reach more people to sign for the Lord.

I also realize that I need to find my own identity in my personal space, starting by focusing on my own niche. I wanna make this space as a anime/geek blog, while having the other two (FoodTrip For Two, FabPinas) on their own. It’s gonna be a tedious task for me, so wish me luck!

Severing ties with someone who has no class and breeding is the best decision that I made. They are like the gatecrashers with crass, and it’s painful to see them even from afar. One of my closest blogger friends told me that it’s not ok to tolerate such person who makes a scene and badmouths everybody, me included. Thankful to have blogger friends who told me that it’s ok to stand up for what is right, so yes to this, 100%!

With the ECCPeeps!
With the ECCPeeps!

And also, yes to meeting new friends and to travel as well! – I made friends with #LeBoyf’s officemates and we went on an impromptu trip to Baguio on a weekend. It was tiring, magastos and at the same time, fun and exciting! Discovering Baguio was such a feat (deserves a separate post as well) it’s even more fun to travel with friends!

So for 2017, here’s my feasible resolutions that I will be doing in here and on this blog:

  • More time for blogging – I only have 2-4 post/month on this blog this year, planning to make it as updated as possible, that also means crunch time for me at work! Good thing also that my blog is not blocked from the office server teehee!
  • Make it as niche-specific as possible – that means more time for geek blogging here, food/travel blogging in here and pr/lifestyle blogging on the other blog. And oh, to update the user interface of this blog, maybe on the next long weekend.
  • Make less mistakes, or rather no more mistakes at work – My job may be demanding, but it’s the most fulfilling. no more mistakes then, and more room for learning new things!
  • Save, save save! I availed on a retirement plan when I started in AXA in 2015 and a health plan this year – I need to start this year on saving up for the future. I’ll try the 52-week challenge this year, how about you?
  • Maintain close relationships – with my girlfriends from USAP (J, Bian and Guia), Blogosphere (SolAris, MJ, Axl, etc), childhood friends (Edfel, Apol, Liza, Eric, Mico, etc), college friends (Che, Jun, Rosiel, Lan, Doms) and many more.
  • Learn something new this year – planning to take up swimming lessons, piano lessons, to re-learn basic Java, to learn how to speak in ilocano and many more. One of my plans also is to get a certification in Google analytics as part of my career plan.

I think that is all for me, and will resume my plans. Hoping this coming 2017 will be for the better, not just for me but for everyone.

Merry Christmas and happy New Year! <3

Animax December 2016 lineup!

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Anime lovers will surely love the curated selection of anime series spanning the genres of action, romance, and comedy, making it a delightful December for anime lovers everywhere!

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One Punch Man Marathon

Relive the excitement of One Punch Man with a full marathon of the series this year-end! Don’t miss the heroic exploits of superhero Saitama as he power-punches his way through hordes of monsters and villains, destroying each of them with a single punch!
The One Punch Man Marathon airs on 17 & 18 December, Saturday & Sunday at 9:00 pm.

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Naruto Movie Stunt

Naruto, the world’s most popular ninja, is back in a special movie marathon that showcases seven action-packed feature films, including; Naruto the Movie: Legend of the Stone of Gelel; Naruto the Movie: Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom; Naruto Shippuden the Movie: The Lost Tower; Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Blood Prison; Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie; and The Last:Naruto the Movie.

The Naruto Movie Stunt premieres on 24 December, and airs every Saturday & Sunday at 9:00 pm.

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My Love STORY!!

Will Love Conquer All?

Popular among boys for his athletic abilities but hated by girls for his menacing appearance, gentle giant Takeo Gouda has resigned himself to his fate of having every girl he likes fall for his best friend, the charming Makoto Sunakawa.

When he saves the sweet Rinko Yamato from impending harm, a unique love story develops between them, and Takeo finds his love life taking an unexpected turn! My Love STORY!! premieres on 26 December and airs every Monday & Tuesday at 8:00 pm, with 2 episodes back-to-back, first & exclusively on Animax.

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Gatchaman Crowds Insight

A New Breed of Superheroes

The high-tech city of Tachikawa is once again under siege. The CROWDS technology – a system developed by genius Rui Ninomiya, which gives the human mind a physical form – is being attacked by a mysterious organization. Thus, the Gatchaman are called into action once again!

Equipped with their reinforced suits and special abilities, the Gatchaman team up with new recruit Tsubasa Misudachi and innocent alien Gelsadra to battle the new threat. Can team leader Hajime Ichinose and her crew overcome the challenges in their way and restore world peace?

Gatchaman Crowds Insight premieres on 26 December, and airs every Monday & Tuesday at 10:00 pm, with 2 episodes back-to-back, first & exclusively on Animax.

Animax is available on SKYCable Channel 46, Cignal Digital TV Channel 34, and Dream Channel 07.

Photo credit: Animax Channel

Dengvaxia – the first dengue vaccine now available in the Philippines

We all know that dengue is an endemic vector-borne disease in the country and it has affected men, women and even children. The government has made efforts to hasten the spread of the disease, which causes the death of many of us Filipinos.

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Our conducive climate has been one of the main reasons why Dengue prevails as one of the deadliest diseases, and it’s good that there is now a vaccine available in the country.
The first dengue vaccine in the country

Dengvaxia is the first dengue vaccine that is developed by Sanofi Pasteur as a result of over two decades of scientific research and clinical trials. Our country also took participated in the research, being one of the countries who has the highest cases of dengue. It is said to prevent the four stereotypes of dengue virus stereotypes for men and women, aged 9 to 45.

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The dengue vaccine is currently registered in Brazil, the Philippines, Mexico, El Salvador, Costa Rica and Paraguay, and it is approved in Singapore, Guatemala, Peru, Indonesia, Thailand and Bolivia.

Precautions

Dengvaxia is not recommended for the following:

  • children below 9 years old
  • pregnant/lactating women
  • HIV/immunocompromised patients
  • Travelers
  • Healthcare workers

The role of Philippine government in the dengue vaccine

The Department of health announced last January that 1 million nine-year-old Filipinos who are enrolled in government schools will be the first beneficiaries of the dengue vaccine. And from April to July 2016, 489,000 eligible children already received the first of three doses of Dengvaxia.

Dengvaxia will be available in the Philippine market soon, expect the price to be expensive for Sanofi Pasteur is the first and only pharmaceutical company to create and manufacture the vaccine.

This is a great news for us Filipinos! With the advent of the dengue vaccine, expect the dengue mortality to be reduced by half and morbidity will increase by 25% by year 2020.