Sunday, July 20, 2014

Robinson’s Fit and Fun Wellness Buddy Run 2014


Robinson’s Fit and Fun Wellness Buddy Run celebrates seven years of continued commitment for wellness and health. By its signature tradition, Fit and Fun Wellness Buddy Run promotes wellness with a buddy, because it’s more fun to pursue wellness and healthy lifestyle with a pair.



Last July 6, 2014, my son and I were very fortunate to join this running event for the very first time. We registered to run together in the 10k category. In the previous years, one reason why I was not able to run Robnison's Fit and Fun Wellness Buddy Run, is because I had difficulty of finding a partner to run with. My son Gab, though he has been running for quite some time, it was only this year he was able to break the 10k distance. 



The Fit and Fun Wellness Buddy Run offers two distances which are 5k and 10k only. Despite having two categories, this event was able to gather more than 5,000 runners on the race day. I am so glad that my son is getting a hang of running, resulted by my continued encouragement over the years. I remember when he was just starting, keeping a continued pace for 5k was a big challenge. Now, a 10k distance is a breeze for him. I would love to see the day when he can run long distance with me, or maybe even surpass me in the near future. 



After the race we finished together at an easy pace of 1 hour, 6 min. Not my ideal pace, but at least, we finished the race together strong without any injuries. Since its our first time to participate in this fun run, both of us were so surprised of the loot-bags that were given to all finishers. Both of us took home a bag of groceries courtesy of Robinson’s Supermarket. 



I have been to many races in the past and this race is one of the very few who gave runners more than what they have paid for in the registration, Not only that, participating booths were flooded with food that were being distributed to all runners indiscriminately. The assembly area was practically a food festival. My son and I were so happy for our first Fit and Fun Wellness Buddy Run. Next year, we will definitely register again. Perhaps, other members of my family can register as well. 

Friday, July 11, 2014

WIN A FREE TRIP TO SPAIN TO WATCH GILAS PILIPINAS WITH MASTER GAME FACE PROMO


PRESS RELEASE:

Master, the no. 1 male face care brand for men, is giving lucky Filipino hoops fans a chance to fly to Spain, all-expenses-paid, to watch live the Gilas Pilipinas national men’s basketball team put their oil-free game faces on at the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup.



“Being a basketball-crazy country, we Filipinos are proud to qualify for the FIBA World Championships. Through Master Goes to Spain Promo, lucky fans will have the chance of their lives to fly to Spain to support our basketball heroes and watch them battle and put their oil-free game faces on against some of the world’s best teams.” said Jonathan Pua, Unilever Male Grooming  brand manager.

Included in the Gilas Team lineup is Master lead endorser Marc Pingris. Other members of the Gilas Team who are vying for basketball glory are Jimmy Alapag, LA Tenorio, Jayson Castro, Larry Fonacier, Jeff Chan, Gabe Norwood, Gary David, Ranidel de Ocampo,  Japeth Aguilar, Junemar Fajardo, Beau Belga, Greg Slaughter, Marcio Lassiter, Jared Dillinger, Paul Lee and naturalized player Marcus Douthit. Coach Chot Reyes’ team will be pitting skills against world power houses such as USA, Spain, Argentina, Brazil, Russia and other world class basketball teams.

To join the Master Game Face Goes to Spain promo, simply buy a Master Facial Wash or Deep Cleanser with the special promo sticker, scratch the sticker to see the special promo code, text Master<space>SPAIN<space><code> and send to 5656.

Hundreds of instant prizes like tumblers, towels and jerseys are also up for grabs aside from the grand prize all-expense paid trips to Spain for 5 lucky winners.

Putting an Oil-Free, Game Face everywhere with Master

With a complete line of face care products including facial wash, face cleansers and face moisturizers for the highly competitive sportsman, Master takes basketball to a whole new level. Oil can definitely reduce a player’s effectiveness in any game – especially in basketball. This was featured in the latest commercial of Master Facial Wash where both Chris Tiu and Marc Pingris battled it out with their oil-free, game faces on thanks to Master.


Boosting anti-oil protection, Master Oil Control Max Facial Wash has the revolutionary Cooling ZEROIL formula so you can get 8 hours of no oil for that fresh game face look to bring out the best in anyone’s game on and off the court. Get 8 hours of no oil with Master Facial Wash so you can put your game face on! You can also fight deep seated dirt that causes pimples with Master Oil Control Max Deep Cleanser. For more details about Master products and the Master Game Face Goes to Spain promo, visit www.MasterPhilippines.com.ph and facebook.com/MasterPhilippines. Follow Master on Twitter and Instagram @MasterGameFace to find out more.

Soleus Trail Challenge: My First Trail Run for 2014

In almost 5 years of running, there are a handful of running events I joined which I considered epics and very memorable. Among these runs are the trail running races, where I get to run and tour various mountains and nature parks hidden in the outskirts of Metro Manila. For me, trail running is an ideal way to train power-endurance and technical skills that allow me to test my balance in uneven terrains. Trail running, for me, is the best way to train and strengthen the ankles, soles, and calves because they are exposed to various motions from the side lateral movements while running and, in some instances, when jumping a few drops along the way. It’s called technical scrambling, which has a higher risk of injury so you need to take it slow most especially if you're a newbie on the trails.



I was saddened by the news when I heard that the Merrell Adventure Run was postponed. I thought I’m not going to hit the trails this year. But thanks to my friends from Manila Water, I was able to have the opportunity to run in this year’s Soleus Trail Valley Challenge in Nuvali, Sta. Rosa, Laguna. So I still got to run the trails after all!



The race was divided into three categories, 50k, 30k, and 15k. I was offered a 50k race kit and I was so tempted to take it. But since I have not run in the trails for quite a while, I opted to take the 15k distance instead. I have not experienced a DNF in running before, and I certainly didn’t want to have one in this race. We arrived at the venue a bit early when the 30k runners were about to set off. While waiting, I bumped into some long-time friends in the running community and did my customary warm-ups and stretching.  



5:00am was the gun start and at the first two kilometers, we already experienced a bit of confusion in the direction that cost us 5 minutes of time the wandering in the wilderness and getting lost. Since it was still dark, trail signs were not very visible. But it’s all good because things like that happen all the time during trail runs and runners just consider it as part of the adventure.



The hydration, as expected, was very much limited, that is why runners were encouraged to bring personal hydration bottles and supplements along the way. I only brought one water bottle that lasted half way, enough for me to refill and replenish all the energy lost. I already calculated this since I already know the trails of Nuvali from my previous runs. But my long hiatus from trail running took its toll such that exhaustion and fatigue overcame me too soon.



The 10k mark going back was more of a run-walk pace. I was able to catch up with another running friend, Pat Conception, and we paced together for a while. Pat was experiencing muscle fatigue as well and steep descents were a challenge to him, so I went ahead and kept a steady pace to finish the last few remaining kilometers.




At last, the finish line was in sight. Along the way, we passed by the water sprinkle of Manila Water and I can’t wait to go back there to cool down. Crossing the finish line was a relief as well as getting photos from friends and, of course, the finisher’s medal.



One of the best things about this race were the foods that were served. Very rare will you experience to get free breakfast, as in rice and viand after crossing the finish line. It was definitely a very fulfilling trail run and I certainly look forward to joining the Soleus Trail Challenge again next year. Perhaps that 50k will no longer be a scary feat to accomplish by then.  


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

The Coffee Beanery: For the More Discriminating Coffee Aficionados…


First, don’t be mistaken this cafe for the “other” coffee shop, because the way they brew coffee is really something very exceptional. This cafĂ© is one of Cravings’ creative extensions of its beverage line. For some who are familiar with TCB well, they are one and the same. But the management would want to place The Coffee Beanery among distinct coffee drinkers who take coffee a little more special than usual. 



Last week, I was fortunate to be invited to attend a special coffee appreciation day at The Coffee Beanery, katipunan. The master baristas immersed us in the different types of how a coffee is prepared and each one captures a different kind of blend, strength and sophistication which only a real coffee drinker can appreciate. The drinking session was more like of a wine appreciation. The Coffee Beanery baristas presented the three kinds of approaches and equipment in making the best coffee. 



POUR-OVER:

The Pour-over approach is one of the most common way of preparing a gourmet coffee, because it’s just like how a simple percolator works. But in this approach, instead of a percolator regulating the hot-pouring of water on the grounded beans, it is the barista who regulates this with correct precision, manually. In this approach, a barista can regulate the amount of water thus controlling the strength of the coffee as preferred by the costumer. In a percolator, often times gets residue of grounded beans in the pot, but through manual pouring, a barista can carefully control its flow. 



AERO-PRESS:

The Aero-press is like a French-press type but this one is more compact. The aero-press is more like an over-sized syringed with an air-tight plunger. This type of coffee maker can squeeze out all the flavors of the beans. But one can regulate this in the earlier part of the preparation which is the stirring. The longer you stir, the stronger the coffee will come out. The barista instructed us to stir only for 10 seconds, any longer will give the coffee a much bolder flavor and body. 



SIPHON:

Among the three, the Siphon style is the most complicated one to prepare. This requires a bit of “Chemistry lab” action where a barista will use a Bunsen burner to heat up the flask. Among the three, this one also is the most tedious one to do. It will take a newbie several tries to get the right boldness and right flavor. But the whole process is so fun and exciting to do. So if you order a coffee via Siphon, you will need a little patience because this will take more time to do. 



After the presentation, the master baritas called for three volunteers to get the chance to experience to try preparing gourmet coffee using the three approaches. I was task to do the Aero-Press style. It was really a challenging experience because everything needs to be precise including the amount of beans and water ratio needed to get the perfect balance of flavor. In the end, my coffee preparation turned out to be okay and passed the standards of the master baristas.  



Sophistication is what defines The Coffee Beanery. Coffee drinking enthusiasts would know better the right type of coffee to be served. Each month, they feature two different kinds of beans and they highlight all the best beans in the world. This month, they offer Argentinian Beans and Kenyan.  


Saturday, June 28, 2014

Robinson’s Supermarket: Celebrate Family healthy living with Wellness Festival


Healthy living has been the steady trending culture among many Filipinos ever since the running sensation captured everyone’s lifestyle in the last decade. If there is one good culture Filipinos are making great improvements, is adapting a healthy lifestyle. At last, many of this healthy Pinoys are starting to think what’s good for his health.  



This healthy lifestyle is not only limited to exercise but extends to the very substance that we take in to our bodies. Many foods available today in grocery stores do not have enough healthy ingredients that will help keep us fit. One good news is that there are some stores that offers not just low price on food items but also give you good information that the food you are buying is tagged as DOST-FNRI certified healthy foods.



Last June 19, 2014, Robinson’s Supermarket launches its three-day series Wellness festivals in Robinson’s Magnolia from June 19-22. This Wellness Festival aims to offer Filipino Families to eat healthy foods and be informed about the right nutrition to gain a fit and Healthy Lifestyle. Robinson’s forged a partnership with the Department of Science and Technology – Food and Nutrition institute (DOST-FNRI) to certify the products that passed its nutrition standards.



The festival was also participated by various brands that supported Robinson’s Wellness Campaign.  It includes Uniliver Products, Nestle, Dizon’s Farm, Abbott, Breville and Magnolia products. These brands offers free consultations and free sample products that will show the consumers that their brands carry the DOST-FNRI certification. 



So the next time you visit Robinson’s Supermarket take notice of the color tags that comes with the price tag. Each color represent s a special feature, either price-down sale, a brand comes with a free product or for the green-tag, it means the product are grown organically and passes DOST-FNRI nutrition standards.  

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The 8th MegaBrands Sale comes back at the Megatrade Halls


MegaBrands Sale is considered as one of the most anticipated events where shoppers buy their favorite brands at reduced prices, and as an effective venue for exposure and promotion for great and upcoming brands in the market. 

Once again, MCT Events Management will stage the 8th MegaBrands Sale on June 27-29, 2014 from 10am to 9pm at the Megatrade Hall 2 & 3, 5th Level, Mega B, SM Megamall with its bank partner, RCBC Bankard. Soft Selling starts on June 26, 2pm-8pm, to catch the first wave of sale items.



This 3-day Mid Year / Back to School Sale will showcase more than 120 leading brands, both domestic and international. Price cuts are up to 70% discount from shoes, bags, men’s and ladies’ fashion, sporting goods and accessories, personal care, gadgets, computer parts and accessories. 

Some of the participating brands are Nike, Adidas, Reebok, Rockport, Levi’s, Roos, RRJ, Petrol, Philips, Rudy Project, Ray Ban, Coleman, Hawk Bag, CMG,  Figlia, Sebago, and many others will surely delight the shoppers with their offerings and promos.

RCBC Bankard cardholders are also in for a treat! You can enjoy 0% interest for up to twelve (12) months on your purchases at the 8th MegaBrands Sale.  Groupon Philippines will also offer exciting promos and give-aways to every shopper who will visit their booth during the 3-days event.Admission is Free and all major credit cards are accepted. 



This event is organized by MCT Events Management in partnership of RCBC Bankard, Groupon Philippines and World Vision Philippines with our media partners: WhenInManila.com, OutofTownblog.com, WhatsOnSale PH and trailsunlimited.blogspot.com.

For more details about the event, please call 239-3807/ 502-1546/ 399-2935 or email mctevents@gmail.com. You may also follow us through Facebook Fanpage: www.facebook.com/MCT-Events-Management or in twitter: @mcteventsmngmnt for more updates on this event.
   

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Transformers: The Age of Extinction


Transformers, one of Hasbro’s most successful animated series adapted into a multi-million dollar motion picture has come up with its fourth extension story of the alien transforming robots dubbed as the Age of Extinction. 



The fourth chapter of the movie revolves in a whole new badass nemesis, which features a whole new set of autobots and highlights a different human character allies such as the character of Mark Walberg



Last June 13, 2014, SM Cinema, Paramount Pictures in partnership with Oreo organized a media sneak peek of the movie that was held at the Atrium of SM Mall of Asia. The event was graced by members of the media and also key sponsors like Oreo and Oppo Mobiles. Organizers showcase the sinister character of the movie which is Grimlock, a very powerful transforming T-Rex, whose character holds the  very critical outcome of the movie. 



It also presented the newest ad of Oreo which features the Character of Optimus Prime. In the movie, it will show why Bumble Bee transformed into a retro make over from the latest model of Camaro to a 70’s muscle car charger. It will also feature atobots Hound and Drift and together with the leader Optimus Prime, these band of super Cyber-organic machines battle with the different kind of enemy in the hope to save the world from its total extinction.  



Transformers: Age of Extinction is directed by its long-time director, Michael Bay. It will be shown in all major cinemas in the metro on June 25., 2014. The special sneak peek event was organized by MCT Events Managment Inc. 

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Meltique Beef: Another good reason to Celebrate Fathers Day

Australia, a country which is quite famous for their quality cattle is bringing into the Philippines one of the best beef product – Meltique Beef.



For those who are not aware, Meltique cattles are grass-fed, Australian livestock roam freely in green pastures in wide acres of land. Because of this type of cattle raising, Meltique Beef tends to have less fatty marbling and relatively low in cholesterol. And unlike grain-fed ones, Meltique beef contains minerals that combat cancer which is Omega 3.



Last week, I had the rare opportunity to be invited in food tasting event that features Meltique beef. It was held at Stella Wood Fire Bistro in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. The event was graced by the people of Meat and Livestock Australia – MLA, the very company that brought in meltique beef products into the country. Along with other members of the media and food industry, we were very fortunate to be served some of the best mouth-watering beef dishes.



The chef of the house served us three special beef dishes. The first one is the Alder Chip Smoked Australian Beef Tartar with Burnt leeks and shaved Picorino. This dish is actually raw maybe a little off to eat. For me it was a discovery, because I get to appreciate good quality beef in its purest form. And even though its raw, the meat is so tender and it’s very easy to chew, plus you get to appreciate it better with its smoky flavor.



Since I like salads, this one is really a treat. Grilled Australian Striploin with Bokidnon Organic Greens Quinoa, and Pickled Watermelon Radish with Honey Lime Vinaigrette. The striploin is actually the tenderloin part of Meltique beef, very tender and flavorful. The Greens were also very fresh and the mixture of Vinaigrette jives well with the whole concoction.



The main course is the Herb Crusted Wood-fired Australian Cube Roll with Roasted Bone Marrow Potato Puree and Heirloom Vegetables. This is a Rib-eye dish, approximately 200 grams one inch thick medallion beef cube roll.



Of course, a fine dining will not be complete without desserts. The serving is a platter of three different kinds of desserts; French Vanilla Bean Cream Brulee, Lemonlime Sorbet and Spiced Chocolates. I like the presentation of the Cream Brulee, because it was creatively placed in an egg shell. The Spiced Chocolates were really spicy with sprinkle of chili. But that’s okay because I like chili.



For those who wish to celebrate father’s day with a taste of Meltique dishes, you can drop by Stella Wood-fired Bistro at BGC. If you wish to have a personal take of this quality Australian beef at home, you can get them exclusively at S&R Supermarket.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Adidas Men’s Body Care Products

Adidas, the leading sports shoes and apparel brand has extended its line of products to cover athletes' needs even after the game is over. With its newest hair and body care line, an athlete is sure to have a holistic Adidas experience.


Adidas Ice Dive is a refreshing hair and body shower gel specially developed for athletes who wish for a cooler feeling. With the scent of marine extract, it’s a 2-in-1 shower gel that takes care of your body, eliminating the sweat and odor from a long game in the field or court. It also acts as a shampoo to clean your hair of all the dirt from a long trail-run or a tiring cross-country bike ride. It’s an ideal body care solution for men like me who are not fond of bringing a lot of products during out-of-town races. 



The Adidas Anti-Perspirant comes in two applications. One is a roll-on, which I am not much a fan of, and the other one is a body spray. Personally, I like the body spray type better because the scent is so good that I can even use it not only on my underarm but also as a spray cologne to be applied in other parts of the body. These anti-perspirant products are guaranteed to work for 72 hours to help keep your body cool and dry all day long. 



Last week, I joined Run United 2 and finished a 32 kilometer race, barefoot. The run was tough and yet very fun and exciting. It was my first time to run at the new Cavitex, a super highway that connects  Roxas Boulevard from Pasay to Bacoor, Cavite. The road condition was very nice for barefoot runners like me as it is all paved with asphalt. 

I was able to finish the run at over three hours; not my best time for a 32k but it was a decent and strong finish. After the race I managed to freshen myself up in one of the clean restrooms at the Quirino Grandstand. There was no shower, so I just used a wet towel to clean myself. It’s a good thing I brought my Adidas body spray to give me the refreshing feeling I needed after the race. 


Sunday, June 8, 2014

OPPO Arrives in the Philippines with the Find 7


OPPO, the newest player arrives in the Philippines with its flagship product model FIND 7. Oppo is an international phone brand from China that is committed to conquer the market of mobile smart phone across the globe. 



Recently, the mobile phone brand finally launches its opening to the Philippine mobile community at the premier Hotel Sofitel. Little did many people know, Oppo has been in the mobile technology industry for more than 10 years already capturing global markets in more than 140 countries. 



Its mantra is to provide the ever developing consumers a better alternative to smart phone experience, and that is to fuse art, functionality and technology. The company is constantly in pursuit to adapt to the changing times and changing preference of the young smart phone users. 



In the Launch, Oppo executives from China presented to the audiences how Oppo phones can be very versatile with their several models, each possessing a unique feature that clads to the a specific personality of a smart phone user. 

FIND 7:

The Find 7 is Oppo’s forefront model smart phone which changes the landscape of how a mobile phone should look like. The frame is made from aerospace qualified Titanium Alloy  which is so light yet so durable. The screen is made from Gorilla Corining glass making it virtually scratch proof. It is powered by a quad-core processor under 2.4Ghz, making it the fastest in processing among its class. It also has a 13 mega pixel camera which is quite the standard in pixel size comparable to Samsung Galaxy s5, Lenovo k900 and others. 



Speaking of photo quality, Find 7 does not only take good pictures but it also captures crisp images with its Sony IMX214 CMOS Sensor with wide aperture to take in more light in taking pictures even in a very low light conditions. 



Another unique feature of Find 7 is the battery feature. It has the VOOC rapid charging technology which increases the charging speed by up to 400 percent. The battery has a 3000mAh capacity but it can be fully charged approximately in 30 minutes. This boosts practically increased the life capacity of the battery up to 75 percent. The SRP for this phone is competitively pegged at P26,000. Much lower compared to Samsung Galaxy S5, but a little pricier than Lenovo k900 which is like P21,000.



N1:

Other Oppo Phone is the N1 which features a rotating camera. But for me is more of an aesthetic feature since almost all smart phones now has a reverse camera feature. Plus a part of the phone that moves mechanically compromises its durability. But one cute feature of the N1 is the O-touch, which allows you to scroll the screen by swiping the back panel of the phone. Now, you don’t have to worry about smudges on your screen if in case your finger tips are dirty, because you don’t have to touch the screen and still find the images you’re looking for minus the smudges.  You may want also to check Oppo’s top phone models such as R1, Find 5 Mini and Neo. 


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