Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Dona Elena Presents Origen Flamenco

Dona Elena, famed for its Mediterranean products like the Dona Elena Olive Oil which is one of the most popular brand in the Philippines recently presented Origen Flamenco Show at the Power Mac Center Spotlight in Circuit City, Makati. Origen is a famous Spanish dance group that performs intense flamenco.

RCBC Unveils "We Believe In You"

Rizal Banking Corporation is all set to conquer the millennia by unveiling its new corporate logo and the tagline, "We believe in you."

"This milestone signals the arrival of a more committed, refreshed and re-energized RCBC, that is ready to meet the demands of the ever-changing Philippine banking industry," said RCBC President and CEO Gil A. Buenaventura.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Lost in Saigon: Exploring Ho Chi Minh's District 1

It was almost midnight when we arrived at our hotel in District 1 but we weren't able to explore until the following day. Ho Chi Minh City is differs greatly from Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur since most of the restaurants are already closed by 10 - 11pm. And even if our hotel is just several meters away from the famous Ben Tanh Market, the street was already dark.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

On Banking: How Safe Is Our Money?

A few months back, most of us suddenly found ourselves with zero bank balance or for some, with their savings / checking accounts ballooning to great proportions from a few thousands to millions of peso. I've read a lot of rants about it and even the bank seem to be at a loss until they were able to figure everything out and everything went back to normal.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Eugenio Lopez Center: A Hidden Gem in Antipolo City

City dwellers in Metro Manila longs for a perfect relaxation to de-stress or simply just get away from the city. However, that entails long hours of traveling outside Metro Manila or even a plane ride. For some though, having a hotel staycation is just as relaxing but that can be a bit expensive.

Luckily, there's Eugenio Lopez Center in Antipolo City and it is just on the outskirt of Metro Manila and has all the perfect amenities including a whole view of the metropolis.

Monday, June 26, 2017

VISITA IGLESIA: Notre Dame Cathedral in Ho Chi Minh

Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica or Notre Dame Cathedral was built in the late 1800s and is one of Ho Chi Minh's famous landmarks. It was built by the French colonists who had the materials shipped from France such as the red bricks which came from Marseilles.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

DC Go Skateboarding Day 2017

Skateboarding is continuously gaining popularity both as a sport and recreational hobby in the Philippines especially now that there are areas being built for that particular sport such as the Mountain Dew Skate Park in Circuit Makati. 

Coffee Project Hosted The Latte Art Throwdown

Just recently, 2014 World Barista Champion Hidenori Izaki was in Manila to judge the Latte Art Throwdown held at the Coffee Project in Macapagal Blvd., Pasay City. The event was sponsored by Allegro Beverage, Victoria Arduino espresso machines, Jolly Cow Fresh Milk, Lotus Biscoff, and Coffee Project.

Friday, June 23, 2017

TRAVEL: Ho Chi Minh City Museum

Ho Chi Minh City Museum used to be Gia Long Palace was built in the late 1800s and was designed by a French architect. The structure of this museum reminds me greatly of our very own National Museum.

Entrance fee to this museum is VND 20,000.00 if I'm not mistaken.

Globe Telecom Along with DICT Provide Free Mobile Services in Marawi City

Its been a month now since the war in Marawi City started and a lot of people has lost their homes and have been displaced. Most of them also are still trapped in the area and have limited means in contacting their family and love ones who are not in Marawi City. In line with this, Globe Telecom in partnership with the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) will provide for 15 days free text to all networks and free calls to Globe and TM so that the people of Marawi City and the AFP soldiers there can reconnect with their families.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Traveling with Gum Alive ToothPaste

I first heard about Gum Alive Toothpaste when I was invited for a special bloggers afternoon with the Philippine distributor of the toothpaste. It was a sort of an eye-opener for us since we've been given a background of some of the other toothpaste brands and of its chemical ingredients and how harmful it can be to our body if we happen to ingest the toothpaste.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Viva Manilena's Guide To Chatuchak Weekend Market

Chatuchak or Jatujak Weekend Market is one of Bangkok's famous places to experience food and shopping. This place is a haven for shoppingeras (bargain hunters) and foodies. Those who are traveling to Bangkok must not miss this place.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Thyroid? What's That?

Thyroid is a gland in the neck area that is found below the Adam's apple. It is part of the Endocrine System that produces hormones in a person's body. It is also an important gland that maintains the proper body metabolism. If the thyroid is not functioning properly, a person can suffer from hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, or goiter.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

My Zenfone 3 Zoom Journey

I have been using Zenfone 3 Zoom for the past few months now and it was a journey of discovery that eventually led to something that I will discuss later on. To give you a bird's-eye view, the Zenfone 3 Zoom is the enhanced version of Zenfone 2 Zoom, both in the looks and features department.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Globe myBusiness Supports World Street Food Congress 2017

Globe myBusiness highlights the new technological innovations that is essential in providing solutions to the Filipino entrepreneurs success in business. This time around, it lends it support to this year's World Street Food Congress through the Globe myBusiness Academy wherein it will host a presentation about food concept trends, customer loyalty, and a food photography workshop.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Miss(ing) Saigon

I'm now back in Manila after several days of exploring Ho Chi Minh City and I miss the place aleady. Of course there's no place like home but I kinda got accustomed to walking the tree-lined streets, and crossing the street full of motorcycles. Btw, Ho Chi Minh and Saigon are the same, the later being the old name of the city.

Exciting Back-To-School Finds at National Book Store

Summer season is almost over and for kids and parents, it only mean one thing- it's time to go back to school! Buying school is bonding activity shared by parents and their kids but it need not be a stressful one especially if you prepare early. And at National Book Store (NBS), there are so many nice school finds that is not only budget-friendly, buy kawaii as well.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Preventing Dehydration with Gerolsteiner Sparkling Mineral Water

Being a tropical country makes the Philippines experience "summer" on an extended basis. People enjoy a whole range of different activities under the sun such as going to the beach, engaging in sports like biking or running, or simply strolling/ walking under the sun.

Alas, summer months becomes unbearable lately as temperature rises to up to 37 degrees celsius on some days. And doing the summer outdoor activities that we love can take a toll on our health if we are not properly hydrated. Our body is composed of 70% water and once its level decreases, our body experience so many unwanted symptoms that can make us not function normally.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Thyroid Awareness Week

Thyroid problems are one of the most common disease in the world, especially in women. Thyroid is a gland located in a person's windpipe. It produces hormones that is essential to the body's metabolism.

Merck, one of the leading science and healthcare company join forces with the Department of Health (DOH), Philippine Thyroid Association (PTA), Philippine Society if Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism (PSEDM), and the Iodine Global Network (IGN), to help raise awareness against thyroid disorders. This will also coincide with the International Thyroid Awareness Week 2017.

Shop At Power Mac and Win A Trip to Boracay!


Doesn’t this heat make you wanna just pack your bags and go to the beach? You could be lying on your mat right now, sipping ice cold piƱa colada, and then splashing in the water to your heart’s content. What if we say you can take that trip for free? This summer, premier Apple reseller Power Mac Center is giving you a chance to win a trip for 4 to the white sand paradise of Boracay!

Simply shop any of the participating products from JBL, Catalyst, Zerotech, Olloclip, Otterbox, and Energea at any Power Mac Center store to earn raffle entries. The winner will get to fly with three friends to and from Boracay, party, and chill in a secluded resort, complete with a deluxe room accommodation for 3 days and 2 nights.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Mother's Day Staycation at Summit Hotels


We have our own ways of surprising our moms during their special day. But the best gift to give her is one thing she deserves the most — a day off.

Take her away from the responsibilities in the household and treat her to a stress-free weekend staycation this Mother’s Day! And you don’t have to book it somewhere expensive, too; in places like Summit Hotels and Resorts, you and your entire family will receive nothing less but comfort and luxury, and at affordable prices.

Here are four Summit Hotels you can book, depending on how you want to give back to your mom.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Say "I Love You Mom" With Villa Del Conte on Mother's Day

There's nothing more sweeter than giving a box of Villa Del Conte chocolate to your MOM on Mother's Day.

Remember the time when your MOM held you in your arms and fed you when you're still a baby? Or held your hand as she guided you on your first steps ... what about the time when she waited patiently outside the classroom as you learned your alphabet? Or the times when she soothes you with words of comfort over a heartbreak? Yes, that's how MOMs are, always thinking of their children first.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

WWE's SmackDown on TV5 Starting April 30

Beginning April 30 and every Sundays thereon, TV5 will televise an hour of WWE's SmackDown at 3pm. TV5 and WWE are happy to announce the partnership especially for WWE fans so that they can watch their favorites which includes AJ Styles, The New Day, Randy Orton, Charlotte Flair, Shinsuke Nakamura, Naomi, and Kevin Owens.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Pocketful of Love from Gardenia

Most of the time kids get lost in their own world especially when they are playing. They are so engrossed in playing that they sometimes forget the time or they forget to drink or eat. Really, it happens and I'm sure most parents can relate to that.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Lost in Bangkok: Exploring Ratchathewi

It was only during our last day in Bangkok that I really got to explore and mingle with the locals. Prior to exploring Ratchathewi, I was with the Team Bangkok of Air Asia / Nikon Travel Photographer 2015. Bangkok is known as a shopping mecca, and a land of temples but I know there's more.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

SM City North EDSA's Skygarden Launches Art Karnival

Art Karnival is the latest Summer treat of SM City North EDSA to its mall-goers. Recently launched at the Skygarden, Art Karnival is a series of art installations around Skygarden. It is both fun and interactive exhibit that enhances creativity and aims to allow mall-goers to experience what its like to be a part of "art."

Friday, April 21, 2017

MLQU's 69th Commencement Exercises: Shaping The Minds of The Nation's Future Change Makers

The Manuel Luis Quezon University (MLQU) honors its graduates during the 69th Commencement Exercises by highlighting the the graduating students' metamorphosis as catalysts and visionaries of the future.

Dr. Jose Rizalino Acuzar during his speech promised to bring MLQU to its former days of glory. 

Rediscovering Baguio City

We haven't been to Baguio for more than a year so our recent trip this year was very memorable. To begin with, Manila's summer temperature this year is really, really hot that the idea of staying in Baguio for a week feels very refreshing. So anyway, we all went to Baguio the week before Holy Week so as to avoid the crowd.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Predator Philippines and ONE Championship Partnership

Predator Philippines recently introduced to the media and gaming aficionados the Predator 21 X, a 21-inch gaming laptop with G-SYNC technology, HiFi quality sound, five-fan cooling systems, and a Cherry MX keyboard that makes it an awesome gaming companion.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

LG G6: The Big Screen That Fits Your Hand

After the success of LG G5 in the 2016 Mobile World Congress wherein the G5 garnered tons of awards, expectations were high during the launch of its successor LG G6. LG Electronics didn't disappoint. In fact, the newest LG G6 boasts of being the perfect companion for any digital-loving user.

The LG G6 was recently launched and introduced to the media and the public last April 17, 2017.

Friday, April 14, 2017

2nd Baguio Craft Fair

"We happen to be at the right place, and at the right time." Our trip to Baguio wasn't really planned, it just happened so we didn't make any prior plans on what to do during our stay in the City of Pines.

Actually, we were just hanging out at Hill Station when we were told that the Baguio Craft Fair is happening downstairs. Cool!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

VISITA IGLESIA: Our Lady of The Atonement Cathedral

Those who visit Baguio City are very much familiar with this church since it is just nearby the famous Session Road. It is popularly known as Baguio Cathedral although its proper name is Our Lady of The Atonement Cathedral.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Viva Manilena's List of Philippine Churches

The Philippines, being the only Catholic country in Asia has numerous churches all over the archipelago, and some of which are centuries old.

Here are some of my list of Philippine Churches. Will be updating this page from time to time so please do visit again.

Our Lady of Manaog - Pangasinan 

viva manilena 

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

MyDiamond Teams Up with Liza Soberano in Celebrating Diamond Month

Aside from summer, April is also known as the Diamond month and the whole month is dedicated to diamonds. Those born in April are blessed to have diamonds as their birthstone. I mean, who can resist diamonds?

VISITA IGLESIA: St. Vincent De Paul

St. Vincent De Paul church is a lovely church located inside the Adamson University campus in Ermita, Manila. It was first built in 1883 and then in 1912, the concrete church was built to accommodate more parishioners  and to mark the 50th year of the Vicentians and Sisters of Charity in the country.

National Book Store's Read Out Loud Challenge

"The love of reading can be contagious."

There's nothing more exciting than flipping the pages of a book, and before you know it, you are off to an adventure.

National Book Store, the country's favorite book store has been a strong advocate in creating a nation of readers for the past 75 years. In line with the book store's 75th celebration, it has launched its Read Out Loud Challenge on Facebook and on Instagram, which aims to promote love of reading while supporting a good cause.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

GSM Premium Gin at Art in the Park

Ginebra San Miguel has long been a supporter of local arts and culture and along with its upscale brand, the GSM Premium Gin, joined the annual art festivities at the Art in the Park at Jaime Velasquez Park in Salcedo Village, Makati City last April 2.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

VISITA IGLESIA: Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception or popularly known as Antipolo Cathedral is steeped in history which dates back to 1632 and was built to house the image of Our Lady of Peace and Good which was brought from Mexico. It was then rebuilt several times due to natural calamities, fire, and World War II. On January 14, 1954, the church was declared as the National Shrine of our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage and eventually elevated to a cathedral in 1983.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Take Groufie Shots with the new OPPO F3 Plus

OPPO, one of the leading brand when it comes to Selfie Revolution has recently launched its flagship dual selfie camera phone, the F3 Plus— the first-ever smartphone with a wide-angle dual front camera that can really take “groufie” shots perfectly. 

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Disney Princess: I Dare To Dream Concert

It all began with a DREAM when Globe Telecom partnered with The Walt Disney Company Southeast Asia to host and produce Disney Princess: I Dare To Dream. Read story here --- Disney Princess: I Dare To Dream Web Series Launch. Thousands of girls from all over the country auditioned until the number was reduced to only six. Watch video of audition and selection here --- Disney Princess: I Dare To Dream Episode 1.

Manila Science High School Received and ICT Laboratory from Globe Telecom

Globe Telecom, along with Habitat for Humanity officially turns over to Manila Science High School (MaSci) a fully-equipped Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Laboratory that will help enhance student learning.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017


Road-tested Zenfone 3 Max and I'd say that I am impressed not only aesthetically, but with its overall performance as well. From the "looks" department alone, one can easily notice that the design is way, way better than the Zenfone 2 series. This one looks very classy especially with its metallic casing.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Kaby Lake-powered ThinkPads by Lenovo

Lenovo recently launched their latest lineup of ThinkPads powered by Intel’s latest 7th Generation Kaby Lake processor to the Philippine market. 

Best known for its durability and performance, Lenovo’s ThinkPad is especially made for those who are looking for dedicated and reliable workstation. The latest ThinkPads are designed to keep in pace with your business, office or on the move and it gives importance to power and performance.

Globe Business Partners with Singtel to Further Solidify Its Cybersecurity

Globe Telecom recently forged a partnership with Singtel in its quest to provide its clients a much more advance and comprehensive cybersecurity solutions. With Singtel’s experience  and rapid growth in the cybersecurity business, coupled with its global capabilities with the acquisition of Trustwave, make Singtel a natural partner for Globe in this important endeavor.

Mr. Ernest Cu, Globe Telecom President and CEO, talks about the historic partnership between Globe and Singtel and how the company is still finding ways on how to further improve the services being offered by Globe to its loyal clienteles. 

Thursday, March 16, 2017

I Dare To Dream: Hya Tara Leonardo

Being the eldest child, Hya Tara Leonardo learned to be responsible at a young age. She dreams of being in the theatre industry since her love for singing was very much evident since she was young. Hya began helping earn for her siblings when her father passed away and her mother left them in the care of their grandmother. She is now the sole breadwinner of in the family and to make ends meet, she used her voice to earn money- singing in nightclubs, weddings and private parties.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Citi Aims to be The Leading Digital Bank in the Philippines

Citi, the leading foreign bank in the country continues to innovate when it comes to offering more digital products and services that will make the online experience for its clients easier and much more convenient. In line with this, Citi Philippines has just launched its latest digital innovation by offering an online credit card application and approval program, which is a first in the country.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Colgate-Palmolive Celebrates 90 Years in the Philippines

Colgate-Palmolive Philippines has been in the country for 90 years and has been very much a part of the Filipino household. For the past nine decades, it has provided Filipinos with brands for oral care, personal care and home care.

Here are nine interesting trivia about Colgate-Palmolive:

9. Pabili ng "Colgate." Pinoys, especially the baby boomers and the gen-xers are guilty of this when what they meant was --- Pabili ng toothpaste (Can I buy toothpaste). Coincidentally, most dental practitioners recommend Colgate since this toothpaste is known for preventing plaque, tartar build-up, eliminate bad breath, strengthen enamel, etc.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Shop at Rustan's Supermarket and Get an Elegant Zwiesel Double Glassware for Free

Rustan's Supermarket only offer the best for its customers and provide quality products. It recently began offering Schott Zwiesel glassware to its loyal customers.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

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