Welcome 2020! So what’s your new year’s resolution? Well, I am not the type of person who’s into having a resolution list. But as the year starts ahead, we all do want to start fresh, anew and on a clean slate right?!
One of the best way to start is keeping oneself healthy, shed off some pounds and making self more beautiful! Not necessary going under the knife, but making myself more presentable. That’s one of the things that I think I have missed doing the past years. I am used to just wearing jeans, shirt and rubber shoes to work. No make ups, no hair styling. In short, just a boring usual me. haha
Now, I wanted to ensure to prep up and be more presentable. I want to try out new hairstyle, new outfits and putting up some makeups! I missed adding up colors to my pale face. Haha!
I actually love the color combination of this lovely palette. It has the neutral and some bright colors that can be used for different events
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Christmas has been of the most festive and important occasion that every Flipino families look forward to. But due to the fast paced of our living nowadays and being so westernized that kids do usually forgot the old and usual ways we celebrate it in the good old traditional way.
So it’s pretty good to look back and relive the old traditions of celebrating it, nothing beats going historical places of our very own local places. Kawit Cavite is one great place, the birthplace of Philippine independence.
It’s that time of the year where the Philippines celebrates another festive season. Despite the hustle and bustle of the busy and traffic streets and establishments, everyone busy getting their Christmas shopping done. There are a few sights and sounds in nearby areas where we can feel the true spirit of a Filipino Christmas, especially with our loved ones.
Christmas has always been a part of the Filipino tradition and culture and what better way to celebrate the holidays is by visiting some of the most historic sites in the country with your friends and loved ones. Kawit in Cavite is one of the most
sought-after historical sites in the country today and it is one that you should visit this Christmas Season.
Kawit, Cavite is home to some of the most historic sites in the Philippines. This is where the Aguinaldo Shrine is situated wherein the Philippine flag that we know of today was first waved publicly announcing our Independence by none other than the first Filipino President Emilio Aguinaldo. There’s also a lot to learn about our first president and how he has lived his life and times during the revolution era. Beyond the Shrine also are other sights to see including the “Museo ni Baldomero Aguinaldo” hailed towards the cousin of Emilio Aguinaldo and grandfather of Cesar Virata who as a prime minister in the 1980s.
Kawit also boasts rich crafts and delicacies including the Pandayan or the local blacksmithing shop. Blacksmithing is an endangered craft that needs to be promoted and preserved. The local Pandayan is still active and you can still buy handcrafted knives and bolos made the same way during the Revolutionary era. The Christmas specialty – Puto Bumbong or a rice cake with shaved coconut and muscovado sugar is a staple food trip stop that shouldn’t be missed when visiting Kawit.
Kawit celebrates the Christmas season through a spectacular display of lights at the Aguinaldo Shrine and Freedom Park. The Christmas lighting event was held last December 14, 2019, and a number of distinguished guests and celebrities joined in the celebration of the event. A fireworks display and lighting of the Christmas lights at the Freedom Park was also held.
Make sure to visit Kawit Cavite this Christmas Season and enjoy the season filled with pride in our own heritage and historical sites in Kawit. The Municipality of Kawit welcomes everyone who wishes to visit Kawit during the Christmas
The Coffee Man experience brings to the Philippines Sestic’s amazing journey to becoming a champion barista and the lengths he went to in search of the perfect cup of coffee. More than a barista, Sestic is also a passionate and knowledgeable coffee-grower who constantly experiments with techniques and methods. Among his experiments is the post-harvest method called Carbonic Maceration. One of the specialty coffees processed under this method is the Jasper Coffee from the Masina Village in Ethiopia, which is now available at Florentine, Grand Hyatt Manila.
More importantly, Sestic also believes in putting the welfare of coffee farmers first while growing sustainable, world-class beans. “Showcasing Sasa’s talent to the Philippines allows our local baristas to draw inspiration from his experience and story. He has infinite knowledge and learning that baristas, farmers, and even us – coffee distributors – can learn from,” says Michael Harris Conlin, President and CEO of Henry and Sons and 2019 Philippine National Barista Champion.
To say that Sasa Sestic is “driven” is like describing Mt. Everest as “high.” Sasa (pronounced “Sasha”) has been pursuing the perfect cup of coffee for more than 15 years. He started pushing the envelope on coffee tastes when he became a barista in 2003. His drive took him to study where a region or country yields their best coffee. His passion is insatiable. Not only is he interested in coffee knowledge, but he also intents to teach what he knows, as well as help coffee farmers improve their lives and communities. According to Sasa, helping coffee farmers ensures the quality of produce is elevated. Understanding a region’s climate and planting cycle led him to know when a region’s coffee would be best. A book about his journey is a forward intention especially considering that he was halfway into the book when he won the 2015 Barista Championship.
The best-selling book “The Coffee Man” narrates his journey to becoming a barista, how he went to the coffee farmers in search of the best coffee beans, and the new methods to bring out the flavors of coffee. The “Coffee Man” has also been created into a movie. It took him 7 attempts before he won the Australian Barista Championship in 2015. That same year, he won the World Barista Championship (WBC) held in Seattle. In the dozen years prior to winning the WBC, his career has expanded from a barista to becoming the head of ONA Coffee Wholesale, and a couple of cafes which include The Cupping Room, ONA Coffee House, and ONA Manuka. He has also been helping farmers with Project Origin, an ethical green bean trading company which has so far created long-term mutually rewarding relationships with more than 100 growers in coffee-producing countries. Project Origin has helped pave the way for farmers to earn more and improve their crops, livelihood and their financial status. The organization has also raised funds for livelihood, health, education and community projects which benefit the coffee farmers.
It is no wonder that Michael Harris Conlin found him to be a kindred, coffee-loving spirit. The Foundation for Sustainable Coffee Excellence (FSCE) which Conlin began, aims to help local farmers produce sustainable and world-class coffee for Filipinos to enjoy. In achieving this goal, he helps the farmers by buying their coffee and then giving back proceeds from the sale to train farmers and give them the right tools to become better coffee producers.
Besides their efforts to reach out to farmers in Benguet and other coffee-growing areas in the Philippines, the FSCE also wants to hone the skills of current and future baristas. Conlin founded the Institute of Coffee Excellence, right across the popular The Giving Café (TGC) which was opened earlier. The two-story Institute is a laboratory and creative playground for Conlin and his team. It houses classes for baristas, brokers farmer-trader deals and discussions while finding innovative ways to make Philippine coffee beans more accessible to an international audience. Earlier this year, Henry and Sons brought coffee expert Mokhtar Alkhanshali, and his high-rating coffee from Yemen, Port of Mokha, to the Philippines for a similar event.
To know more about Henry and Sons, visit henryandsons.ph.
Christmas at Shangri-La Plaza officially begins on December 1, as the leading lifestyle destination holds its anticipated yearly Christmas Tree Lighting at the Grand Atrium, 6:00PM on Sunday.
Shangri-La Plaza EVP and General Manager Lala Fojas and Mandaluyong Councilors Benjie Abalos III and Charisse Abalos perform the ceremonial lighting of the mall’s 58-foot Santa’s workshop-inspired Christmas tree, considered as one of the largest in the city. The festivities then continue with performances from the “Father of Philippine Christmas Carols” Jose Mari Chan, acclaimed ensemble Philippine Madrigal Singers and its own Mini Madz.
The Shang’s grand Christmas tree is one of the centerpieces of the mall’s stunning holiday décor that showcase the magical, pristine, and colorful world of Santa’s Wonderland. Mall guests are welcomed by elves at the entrances, with candy cane pillars supporting the official seal of the North Pole, and giant stars and Christmas balls dangling from the ceiling.
Exciting activities and musical performances have also been lined-up for mall guests throughout the month of December, including the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra, Ateneo Chamber Singers, Ballet Philippines, and more. Aside from these, Shang has its ongoing holiday raffle promo with mall guests getting an opportunity to win a brand-new F-Pace Prestige SUV from luxury vehicle brand Jaguar with every P2,500 purchase until February 16, 2020.
There’s no better place to celebrate than at Shangri-La Plaza. #FeelTheShangVibe and step into Santa’s Wonderland as the magic of Christmas commences this December.
With the objective of promoting culinary excellence in the country, Tecnogas Philippines recently hosted its first-ever cooking competition entitled “Tecnogas Kitchen Superstar”. The live cook-off served as an exciting platform for food enthusiasts with no professional culinary experience to showcase their skills and love for cooking.
“For more than 65 years, Tecnogas has always been passionate in creating cooking appliances designed to deliver best results. And through this event, we want to encourage and promote culinary excellence even more by letting them use the right equipment,” said JP Rahnema, Sales Manager of Tecnogas Philippines. Being the first of its kind for Tecnogas, the fun-filled afternoon saw the attendees enjoying good food and winning exciting raffle prizes, aside from witnessing the main competition.
Tasked with creating an Italian pasta dish with a Filipino twist, judges Chef Charmaine Fider of TESDA, Mr. Marlon Aldenese of Cook Magazine, and Ms. Marilou Acuna of Flyace Corporation hailed Ida Tan-Schneider as the grand champion with her Creamy Smoked Salinas Pasta creation. Mariane Camba and Rholielyn Garcia bagged the first and second places, respectively. As the first ever Tecnogas Kitchen Superstar, Ms. Tan-Schnieder got to take home a P20,000 cash prize and over P100,000 worth of gift packs including a kitchen showcase from Tecnogas.
Tecnogas, the legendary Italian brand, is renowned as one of the top premium cooking appliance brands from Italy since 1952. Its line of cooking ranges, cooktops, range hoods, ovens, and Vortex stoves combine a strong design with extraordinary quality and performance. Tecnogas products are exclusively distributed by Appstar Global Distributor, Inc. and are available in all leading appliance stores nationwide with over 250 service centers.
In partnership with Anson’s Appliances and Unimart Capitol Commons, the Tecnogas Kitchen Superstar event was made possible together with Jolly Food, Doña Elena, Kessler’s, Masflex Cookware & Kitchenware, King Sue Ham and Sausages, Fujidenzo, Solane, Doña Maria, Whirlpool, Al Dente, Good Life, Bubble Man, Cif, Klio, Philadelphia, LocknLock, Fineti, Gardenia, Mother’s Best, and many more. For more information and updates about their products and events, you may like Tecnogas Philippines on Facebook or visit their official website www.tecnogas.com.ph.
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