Sunday, December 29, 2013

SAVOR: A Flavorful Gathering in a Decade of F&B Plus Good Eats

F&B World, Northern Living, and Southern Living present this year’s most flavorful gathering, Savor, a celebration of F&B World’s 10th anniversary, and launching of Hinge Inquirer Publications’ newest book, Eats 2014: Your Ultimate Handy Guide to Your Next Gastronomic Adventure, on December 9, 2003 at the Glorietta Activity Center, Palm Drive.

F&B World's activities included talks by Johnlu Koa on the Top 5 Food Ideas from the Past Decade, and The Next 5 Foodservice Trends for the Coming Decade by Adolf Aran Jr. Savor is also presented by Avida, Great Food Solutions, Universal Motors Corp. (Nissan), Unilever Food Solutions, Nestle Professiona, in cooperation with DLSU-Dasmariñas, Philippine Coffee Board, Sun Business, Puratos, Belcolade; Agico, Brotzeit, Burger Avenue, Café 205 , Geisha; Myons French Mediterranean Cuisine and J. Cuppacakes; Ayala Malls; Philippine Daily Inquirer,; and National Book Store.

The year 2013 marks F&B World magazine's 10th year of bringing the foodservice industry together. It is the only trade publication for the food and beverage industry that connects its readers to the latest news and trends in the foodservice sector from the past decade.

Armed with a roster of individuals who have made their mark in their respective sectors, F&B World has been able to convey timely trends and fearless forecasts that remain true today. Columnists from the food and beverage and hospitality industry, including Adolf Ar an Jr., Vic Alcuaz, Rommel Gerodias, Reggie Aspiras, and Pauli Antoine Genuino have imparted their knowledge and industry know-how through their columns B.L.T., Hospitality Report, Food Safety, Table Talk and Front of House, respectively.

Simultaneous to this is the 8th year celebration for Baking Press—a special section that tackles everything with regard to the baking, pastry, and confectionery industry.

EATS 2014

Northern Living and Southern Living are two of the most notable community magazines in the country. Since 2007, they have been featuring popular personalities who have made the North or South their home, ordinary people who are making names for themselves, unique places to visit, fashion trends that are hot and hip, seasonal tips and beauty must-haves, and of course, must-try restaurants in the Metro.

Taken from Northern Living and Southern Living’s Eats section, Eats 2014: Your Ultimate Handy Guide to Your Next Gastronomic Adventure highlights restaurants that offer scrumptious dishes based on Filipinos’ usual cravings – from burgers, meat, fish and seafood, to all-day breakfast meals, sweets, and even healthy options.

Bringing together 84 noteworthy restaurants in the Northern and Southern Metro, Eats 2014 is organized into seven categories namely: All-Day Breakfast, Veggie Haven, Seafood Delight, Burger Fest, International Flavors, Meat Lovers, and Sweet Escape. To help readers make the most out of their delectable adventure, restaurants are subcategorized by location (north and south) and price range (from save, average, and splurge).

Eats 2014 is presented by Southern Living and Northern Living, published by Hinge Inquirer
Publications, member of the Inquirer Group of Companies. It is co-presented by Avida, a company that continuously supports the dynamic lifestyle of young, successful Filipinos and gives them more than the essentials of urban living. Avida communities provide comfort and convenience to those who wish to enjoy the finer things in life: good food, fashion, travel, and popular sports. Eats 2014 is also made possible by Great Food Solutions.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Painting Pictures of a Thousand Words at Greenfield District

Art for Generations was a two-day event that art lovers would enjoy. It was held at Greenfield District last December 7 and 8, with a press conference held on December 7 with Atty. Duane Santos, representing Greenfield District. After a cozy lunch held at the Kanin Club, Atty Santos entertained questions from the media which focused on the event, property plans, and future activities for the Greenfield District. In a nutshell, Atty. Santos explained that promoting Art was in line with the company's vision of green living and beautiful surroundings.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Tune Hotel Opens in Davao

News Release:
 19 December 2013 – International value hotel group Tune Hotels is celebrating the arrival of the New Year 2014 with the opening of two new properties – Tune Hotel Davao in the Philippines and Tune Hotel Bekasi in Indonesia.

The 155-room Tune Hotel Davao, located at J.P. Laurel Avenue in Davao City, the Philippines welcomed its first guests on Tuesday 17 December 2013 while Tune Hotel Bekasi, with 157 rooms and located at Blu Plaza, Jl. Chairil Anwar 27-36 in Bekasi Timur, Indonesia opened for business Thursday 19 December 2013.

Mark Lankester, Group CEO of Tune Hotels said: “What a celebration! We have two hotels opening just days apart in two of the most vibrant economies in Asean and this surely is a big cause to celebrate for Tune Hotels. Both Indonesia and Philippines are great markets for us and our rapid expansion in both countries signifies their importance.”

Tune Hotels now has seven hotels in operation in the Philippines and six in Indonesia.

“2013 has been a great year for us. To recap, including the newly-opened Tune Hotel Davao and Tune Hotel Bekasi, we have launched three new hotels each in the Philippines and Indonesia this year alone. By early 2014, three more are coming up in Indonesia and another in the Philippines, and these underscore our plans for the two countries” shared Mark.

Elsewhere, Tune Hotels has 11 hotels in operation in Malaysia, four in Thailand, five in the UK and one each in Australia, India and Japan. It has a total of 40 hotels available for booking on its website

“Over five million guests have stayed with Tune Hotels and we look forward to welcoming more visitors and tourists by providing them international standard accommodation at highly affordable rates,” he added.

Tune Hotels has pioneered a “pay-as-you-use” concept that has become hugely popular among smart travellers from across the world. Under the concept, guests only pay for room rates with the option of adding on other amenities like air-conditioning, towels and toiletries, in-room Wi-Fi and satellite TV service to keep costs down, reduce waste and save energy.

Tune Hotels provides international-class high-quality accommodation at central locations and focuses on key essentials but minus the generally underused facilities found in other hotels such as swimming pools, business centres and gymnasiums. By doing away with these costly and high-maintenance facilities, Tune Hotels is able to pass on savings to its guests in the form of super low room rates.

All Tune Hotels feature space-efficient, streamlined rooms focusing on high-quality basics: 5-star beds and powerful hot showers. The strategically located hotels provide housekeeping services, electronic keycard access into rooms, extensive CCTV systems, and no access into the main lobby without a keycard past midnight for extra security.

Tune Hotels is part of Tune Group, a lifestyle business conglomerate co-founded by Tan Sri Tony Fernandes and Datuk Kamarudin Meranun, who are the Group CEO and Executive Chairman respectively of Asia’s largest low cost carrier AirAsia.

For booking and further information on Tune Hotels’ properties, visit

Opening date: 17 December 2013
Location: J.P. Laurel Avenue, Davao City, 8000 Philippines
No. of rooms: 155 (100 Doubles, 52 Twins, 3 Wheelchair accessible)

Tune Hotel Davao is only minutes away from the city’s shopping malls and major convention center. It is conveniently located near corporate offices and walking distance from the Southern Philippines Medical Center.

Davao City is the most populous city in Mindanao and the fourth in the Philippines. Davao City is the main trade, commerce, and industry hub of Mindanao. Davao is home to Mount Apo, the tallest peak in the country.

Nearby attractions:
·         Mount Apo
·         The Philippine Eagle Nature Center
·         Pearl Farm Beach Resort
·         Jack's Ridge
·         Davao Museum

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Simbang Gabi at the CCP

Press Release:
The Cultural Center of the Philippines holds anew the traditional Simbang Gabi at the CCP, a set of nine dawn masses from December 16 until 24, 2013, 5AM at the CCP Main Ramp.

The highlight of this year’s celebration is the “Misa de Aguinaldo” or Christmas Eve Mass on December 24, 8PM at the CCP Main Theater. The Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO) will perform traditional Christmas tunes in welcoming the mass goers prior to the start of the ceremony, and excerpts from the famous ‘Vamos a Belen’ of the Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group will be integrated before and during the mass. As a finale, the Philippine Madrigal Singers will lead a 100-voice chorale in singing Mr.Ryan Cayabyab’s “Munting Sanggol” with symphonic accompaniment of the PPO.

The Simbang Gabi at the CCP is held in cooperation with Our Lady of Sorrows Parish, with various agencies participating as hermanas. Schedule is as follows: December 16 - Philippine Navy, December 17 - Product Development and Design Center of the Philippines, December 18 - Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, December 19 - Gloriamaris and Amazing Philippine Theater, December 20 - Philippine International Convention Center, December 21 - Manila Broadcasting Company and Star Parks Corporation, December 22 - Harbour Square, December 23 – Ticketworld and Concertus Manila, December 24/5am - Senate Spouses Foundation, December 24/8pm - Cultural Center of the Philippines and the CCP-Complex Employees’ Organization.

For more information, contact the CCP Production and Exhibition Department’s Venue Operations Division at 832-1125 loc. 1412/1413.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Noises Off and Wait Until Dark leads Rep Phils Line Up for 2014

Press Release: 

In celebration of the 47th year,  Repertory Philippines presents its 77th theater season line up for 2014.  An exciting year to be in the theater indeed.

Title: Wait Until Dark
Genre: Thriller
By Frederick Knott
Awards: Audry Hepburn nominated for an Academy Award.
Film Adaptation: 1967 starring Audrey Hepburn, Alan Arkin, and Richard Crenna
Dates: January 17 - February 19, 2014


When Sam Hendrix carries a doll across the Canada-US border, he sets of a chain of events that will lead to a terrifying ordeal for his blind wife, Susy. The doll was stuffed with heroin and when it cannot be located, its owner, a Mr. Roat, stages a piece of theatre in an attempt to recover it. He arranges for Sam to be away from the house for a day and then has two con men, Mike Talman and a Mr. Carlito, alternately encourage or scare Susy into telling them where the doll is hidden. Talman pretends to be an old friend of Sam's while Carlito pretends to be a police officer. Despite their best efforts they make little headway as Susy has no idea where the doll might be, leading Mr. Roat to take a somewhat more violent approach to getting the information from her.

Title: August Osage County
Genre: Black Comedy
By Tracy Letts
Awards: Pulitzer Prize and 5 Tony Awards
2014 Film Adaptation: Starring Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor
Dates: February 21 – March 16, 2014


Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer-Prize- and Tony-Award-winning play is one of the great new American dramas. At the Oklahoma farmhouse of the Westons, the patriarch, Beverly, goes missing. The family gathers together at the farmhouse hoping for good news, but, after five days, his body is found in a lake, a presumed suicide. The play takes us through the family’s pain, not just over Beverly’s death, but of living in a very dysfunctional family for many years. Violet, the drug-addicted, brain-addled matriarch, her three daughters, and their families try, unsuccessfully, to work out their problems from the time they arrive hoping to find Beverly, through his funeral, and on into the next day. Darkly comic, but also violent and sad, August: Osage County explores the painful issues all American families have to face, and then some.

Title: Noises Off
Genre: Farce
Author: Michael Frayn
Awards: Laurence Olivier Award for Best Play
Dates: March 28 – April 27


A comedy/ farce in three acts, “Noises Off” starts in the middle of dress/tech rehearsal for a theater company tackling “Noises On,” an English sex farce in which two couples cross paths at a country manor. But that’s just the starting point for “Noises Off,” which adds another layer of complexity by stopping the action of the play-within-the-play to take up the love lives of the actors presenting the farce.

Title: Pinocchio
Genre: Musical for Theater For Young Audiences
Authors: Jim Eiler and Jeanne Bargy
Dates: August 16 - December 12, 2014


In PINNOCHIO the story of a familiar wooden puppet who wants to become a real boy is told with vim, verve, and vibrancy. Set in Italy, this version tells the beloved tale of Pinocchio, a boy-sized puppet built by the caring puppet maker, Geppetto. Knowing of his longing for a son, the Blue Fairy brings Pinocchio to life as a reward for Geppetto's remarkably generous spirit. Pinocchio is told by the Blue Fairy that if he always obeys his father, she will turn him into a real boy. But the best laid plans can sometimes go awry and Pinocchio's boyish longings leads him away from his father and on an adventure unlike any other. From the Land Of The Toys to the belly of a whale, Pinocchio learns that no love is greater than that of a parent for a child.

The perfect piece for a theatre with young audiences, PINOCCHIO is peppered with universal lessons of good will and good behavior!

Title: Scrooge
Genre: Family Musical
Author: Book, Music and Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse
Date: November 21 – December 14, 2014


In 1860, the stingy and cranky Ebenezer Scrooge that hates Christmas; loathes people and runs his bank exploiting his employee Bob Cratchit and clients, giving a bitter treatment to his own nephew and acquaintances. However, on Christmas Eve, he is visited by the doomed ghost of his former partner Jacob Marley that tells him that three spirits would visit him that night. The first one, the spirit of past Christmas, recalls his miserable youth when he lost his only love due to his greed; the spirit of the present Christmas shows him the poor situation of Bob’s family and how joyful life may be; and the spirit of future Christmas shows his fate. Scrooge finds that life is good and time is too short and suddenly you are not there anymore, changing his behavior toward Christmas, Bob, his nephew and people in general. A timeless family Christmas classic for all ages!!

As a special treat, enjoy Orchestra Center seats to all FIVE REP shows in 2014 for an incredible Php 2,400.00 !

Gold and Silver subscriptions are also available.

You can call the Repertory Philippines office at 571-6926. You can also purchase your ticket through the Rep website at

Limited season tickets offered. First come, first served basis.

For further details of the Rep 2014 Season Pass, call Ticketworld at 891-9999.

For schools, civic groups and corporate sponsorships, you may contact us the following ways:
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See you at the theater!!!!

Friday, December 6, 2013

Come to the Festive Art Fair at Greenfield December 7and 8

Press Release:

ARTiculation: A story of legacy told through visual masterpieces

A built legacy that has endured the tests of time is a story worth sharing. It serves to inspire the current generation to pave their own road towards excellence as it imparts a variety of lessons earned from moments of struggle and triumph.

For real estate developers, there can be no greater legacy to secure than successfully nurturing parcels of land into vibrant landscapes where people and lifestyles thrive in progress. This achievement stands as a fitting reward for the dedication shown by remarkable individuals who champion urban progress—a form of artistic creativity that weaves cultures, beliefs, and innovative thinking to nurture a diverse yet unique community.

Such has been the story of Greenfield Development Corporation. As one of the country’s pioneering developers, Greenfield prides itself with its 50-year legacy of building innovative communities for the next generation that are truly a cut above the rest.

“Throughout the years, Greenfield has been constantly developing and sharing these treasures by turning them into vibrant and thriving communities that stand the test of time,” says Jeffrey D. Y. Campos, Chairman and President of Greenfield Development Corporation. “In all of our endeavors, what we aim for really is to build communities for future generations by working with nature and employing the latest technologies.”

Art that speaks of heritage and the future
In continuing to cultivate this vision, Greenfield is advancing its commitment to the land as it hosts Arts for Generations, a two-day art fair celebrating creativity that transcends generations.

“Art for Generations aims to bring the local art community and the public together in a celebration of creativity, traditions, and heritage through activities and exhibits that exude the joy and heritage of the Yuletide season,” shares Campos. He added that the concept of the festivity draws inspiration from Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Story” by celebrating stories from the past, the gifts of the present, and the possibilities of the future.

Staged in partnership with various art groups, the outdoor art fair—a first at the Greenfield District in Mandaluyong City—aims to foster greater public appreciation for local contemporary art and craftsmanship through a variety of activities.

“The Filipino brand of art is a rich showcase of creativity and imagination,” says Campos. “With this event, we aim to help make the rich lessons of our past become the anchor of how we can shape the future of our communities.”

What is Christmas without shopping and entertainment? As part of the art fair, hundreds of unique vintage and contemporary pieces from the country's emerging and independent creative labels and individuals will be featured at The Art Market. Guests can also watch art films on an outdoor movie screen while enjoying the cool December breeze at Art Films in the Sky.

Those who share the passion for art, meanwhile, can learn which art pieces work best for their homes through art appreciation talks spearheaded by noted artists at The Right Art. Also, visitors at the District will also be serenaded by a string quartet and jazz band as they leisurely shop for art pieces and gifts at String and Jazz.

“Beyond being a pioneering art event, Art for Generations gives people a glimpse into the unique experience of being part of the Greenfield District family—a community of creative people with an innovative vision,” says Campos. “Through this, we hope to help enliven the season by reminding people of the heritage, legacy, and joy that Christmas brings.”


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