July 29, 2016

regine velasquez pldt series concert

Asia's Songbird is coming to Davao!

OPM icon and PLDT HOME Ambassador Regine Velasquez is coming to Davao to perform live via the widely popular Regine Concert Series.

Powered by PLDT HOME, the musical extravaganza is a show of gratitude from the country’s number one digital and multimedia services provider for the massive support throughout the years.

The concert series, which was extended for a second year due to its unstoppable success, aims to help promote the titular Regine Telset Series—a set of limited edition landline phones available for only P99 per month—launched last year to great acclaim, with stocks running out fast as soon as it was made available to the public.

Its initial kickoff last April 10 at SM Bacoor in Cavite was followed by another full house gig at SM City Pampanga. From one jam-packed mall to another and in response to insistent public demand, the Regine Concert Series is finally on its way to the Queen City of the South on July 30 for its much-awaited VisMin debut.

The Cebu leg will feature a 10-piece band helmed by award-winning musical director Raul Mitra, with a special performance by Your Face Sounds Familiar first runner-up Michael Pangilinan.

PLDT VP and Home Marketing Director Gary Dujali said, “The Regine Telsets, when bundled with PLDT HOME DSL, form the foundation of a digitally connected and smart home. PLDT HOME has been making it big in the hearts of Cebuano families, and we look forward to helping them forge the strongest connections with their families through powerful connections and world-class music.”

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pldt home regine series concert in davao

pldt home regine series concert in davao

After Cebu, the Regine Concert Series will then be scheduled for a Davao stopover onAugust 6 at SM Ecoland. Fans will be in for a free world-class musical treat as Regine performs her well-loved hits.

For more information on the Regine Telset Series, visit pldthome.com/landline.

Thanks for dropping by and have a great day! - Jexx


From the PR of PLDT Home c/o Ms. Jojie Alcantara

July 26, 2016

Recreate your fun-filled adventures with new Starbucks Frappuccino® flavors – Mango Fruit Jelly Yogurt and Strawberry Fruit Jelly Yogurt. Starting today - July 26, get that much needed zesty boost with these new beverages boasting a delicious combination of chilled yogurt and fruity swirl blended with ice.

The all new Mango Fruit Jelly Yogurt and Strawberry Fruit Jelly Yogurt Frappuccino® Blended Beverages are a delightful combination of fruity taste in a sweet jelly, layered with the smooth texture of yogurt. Reminiscent of a creamy parfait, these Frappuccino® Blended Beverages are inspired by our customers’ love of sweet fruit, making them the ideal beverage to lighten up one’s day,” said Keith Cole, head of marketing at Starbucks Philippines.

Delight in the sweetness of fresh mango or strawberry perfectly balanced by a hint of tartness from the yogurt for a mouth-watering beverage.

To energize your day, the Mango Fruit Jelly Yogurt Frappuccino® perfectly blends honey-citrus sweet mango sauce with yogurt, topped with a layer of mango fruit jelly with real mango bits.

Meanwhile, the equally refreshing and irresistible Strawberry Fruit Jelly Yogurt Frappuccino® features a visual treat with the yogurt blended with strawberry sauce puree topped with strawberry jelly with strawberry bits.

Starbucks continues to innovate with new flavor and texture combinations to meet our customers’ expectations for the Frappuccino® Blended Beverages,” said Cole.

For a total gastronomic experience, pair these new  beverages with Starbucks featured food item, Triple Chocolate Truffle Cake – a moist buttery white chocolate sponge cake with generous layers of milk and truffle finished with dark chocolate ganache and white chocolate shavings.

You can also go for light but filling new core food items like the Maple Pecan Danish, a light and flaky Danish pastry with maple filling and topped with chopped pecans, perfect for a quick breakfast; Chicken Cannelloni, an al dente pasta filled with chicken flakes and topped with creamy tomato sauce, you can have for your lunch; and the Pan Au Chocolat, which features two chocolate batons wrapped in 100% French butter croissant dough and finished with chocolate drizzle that will satisfy your sweet tooth.

About Starbucks Philippines

December 4, 1997, the Philippines had its first taste of the Starbucks Experience with its very first branch at the 6750 Ayala Building in Makati City. Starbucks has since won the hearts of the Filipinos. The opening of the 6750 Ayala store marked an important milestone in our history – the Philippines became the third market to open outside North America. The tradition of warm hospitality, constant need for connection, and love for coffee – these are the qualities that make Starbucks Coffee and the Filipino people a great culture fit.

To share in the experience, please visit us in our stores or online at www.starbucks.ph

About Starbucks

Since 1971, Starbucks Coffee Company has been committed to ethically sourcing and roasting high-quality arabica coffee. Today, with stores around the globe, the company is the premier roaster and retailer of specialty coffee in the world. Through our unwavering commitment to excellence and our guiding principles, we bring the unique Starbucks Experience to life for every customer through every cup. To share in the experience please visit us in our stores, online at Starbucks.com and through the Starbucks Newsroom.

Check out the Starbucks Philippines’ Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/StarbucksPhilippines for more details.

From the PR of the Assistant Manager - Public Affairs & Digital Communications Ms. Denise Barrameda

July 18, 2016

MANGO proudly opened its third Megastore in the Philippines at the Ground Floor of Abreeza Mall last June 2, 2016. The Megastore has an 817.45 square meter area and brought together its menswear line, MANGO Man, and its children's line, MANGO Kids in one space.

To celebrate the launch of the megastore, MANGO invited Tricia Gosingtian, one of the biggest names in the country’s fashion blogging community and one of my inspirations in blogging, to share her styling tips and meet her Davao-based readers and followers. The event was held inside the MANGO Megastore last June 11 as a special edition of the Abreeza Fashion Forum.

For those who don't know Tricia yet, she is one of the pioneers in fashion, lifestyle, and travel blogging in the Philippines. Her blog, Tricia Will Go Places (www.triciagosingtian.com) started seven years ago. She's pretty famous in social media with more than 500 thousand followers in total. She also wrote a bestselling book titled 150 Style Essentials for Every Girl in 2013.

Tricia shared her personal styling tips not just for women but for men as well. She described her style as "sophisti-cute" and talked about balance, color, layering, and accessorizing.

She also answered some questions from the media and her followers after her presentation.

Tricia then had a quick meet and greet with her Davao-based followers. I made sure I did not go "fanboying" when I had chances to take photos with her. Yes... CHANCES. I took a lot of photos with her and I even had a chit chat with her and her fiance RG. It was a surreal moment. Haha!

Photo credit: Klyde Jarabelo of  http://theklydejarabelo.blogspot.com/


Abreeza Fashion Forum is a regular convergence of press, bloggers, and fashion insiders hosted by Abreeza Mall that aims to discuss and promote notable trends, projects, brands, and ideas in the field.


The MANGO megastore at Abreeza Mall is the 32 nd MANGO store in the country since the brand debuted in the Philippines in 1999. Besides Davao City, megastores also exist in Pasay City and Mandaluyong City.

First implemented worldwide in late 2013, the megastore concept applies to stores with a selling space of 800-3,000 square meters that stock all or most of the group’s lines. MANGO now has over 150 stores of this type worldwide, transforming 30% of its store chain into megastores over the last three years.

For inquiries and updates on Abreeza Mall news and events, please visit the Main Concierge at the ground floor or call (082) 321-9332. Stay updated by liking www.facebook.com/AbreezaMall and following @abreezatweets on Twitter and @iloveabreezamall on Instagram.


Thanks for dropping by and have a great day!

July 14, 2016

On July 15 to 17, 2016, win awesome prizes and lots of perks at the 3-Day Sale in SM Lanang Premier.

Step up your shopping game at the metro’s biggest sale event and enjoy 70 percent off on fab selections mall wide. Join the raffle and get the chance to drive home a brand new Suzuki Ciaz.

  • Every P1,000 single or accumulated purchase from The SM Store or from any participating mall establishment entitles a shopper to one raffle coupon.
  • Shoppers can also get one raffle coupon with every single purchase of four SM Cinema tickets or with every P300 worth of tokens from participating amusement centers.

Deadline for submission of raffle entries will be on July 17 at the Atrium.

  • Catch the Special SMAC Sale on July 15, 9am to 12noon, to get extra 10% off at the SM Store and select SM retail partners.
  • On July 16 to 17, enjoy Saturday and Sunday Specials at the Great 3-Day Sale. Get a chance to win a Samsung Note 5 BenCab Limited Edition phone or a Smart 4G Pocket Wifi for every P1,000 purchase receipt.
  • Special dining treats are up for grabs on July 16 to 17. For every P1,500 purchase receipt from non-food tenants, avail of P100 voucher from Vikings.
  • Exclusive discounted rides also await mallgoers during the 3-Day sale. Take Php30 off on taxi fares when you use Grab to travel to and from SM Lanang Premier on July 15 to 17.


This July 15-17, 2016, SM Lanang Premier’s 3-Day Sale becomes more fashionably exciting with a runway show that celebrates the wardrobe staple that never goes out of style.

Dubbed “#DenimCitizen,” the runway show is part of The SM Store’s celebration of July Denim Month. It is set on July 15, 6 pm at The Atrium, SM Lanang Premier.

#DenimCitizen showcases the latest denim collections and how denim can epitomize high fashion while maintaining great comfort and timeless style.

Walking the runway are SM Youth Ambassadors Tommy Esguerra and Richard Juan of Pinoy Big Brother, LA Aguinaldo, Janna Tee, Kyle Perry, and Kaila Estrada.

Mall-goers can grab great deals on denim wear at the SM Store or at the Atrium selling area and get the chance to meet and greet the SM Youth Ambassadors with any purchase of top or bottom denim from the SM Men or SM Youth on July 15.

For shopping convenience, mall hours are extended from 10am till 11pm on July 15 to 17.

The Great 3-Day Sale is supported by Suzuki, Samsung, 8telcom, Smart and Vikings.

Don’t miss out on the great deals at SM Lanang Premier’s 3-Day Sale. For inquiries, contact 285-0943. For event updates, check out SM Lanang Premier on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Thanks for dropping by and have a great day! - Jexx

From the PR Manager of SM Lanang Premier Ms. Acey Puno

I am a self-confessed lover of bread. I don't know why but I like the texture and the sweet taste that I can't stop eating it. When I need something to nibble, I look for bread. Please don't judge me. Hahaha! Also, I love watching cooking and baking shows like Bake with Anna Olson and Cake Boss.

When I learned that the Davao Bloggers Society was invited for a baking workshop, I think I was the first person to sign up. I feel fidgety writing this blog because I am really excited to share my first baking experience with you guys. It's definitely one for the books!

First of all, the Philippine Baking Institute invited us and conducted the baking workshop inside their facility at Ecoland Drive, Davao City. last May 28, 2016. They are a premier baking institute in Davao City which offers baking education by certified and professional instructors. Our instructors/chefs for the day were Chef Steve Lim and Chef Francis Mangubat. Some participants, including me, attended another event in the morning. We joined the baking session at around 2PM. Some of our friends from DBS already baked pandesal and Spanish bread in the morning.

The first lesson was how to bake Brownies. I'd like to share the recipe so you can also try this out.

250g Butter
6 pcs Large Eggs
450g Brown Sugar
5g Salt
5ml Vanilla
390g All Purpose Flour
80g Cocoa Powder
80g Cashew
2g Baking Soda
70g Dark Chocolate/Unsweetened (optional)

1. Melt butter and cocoa powder in a double boiler. Let it cool after.
2. Add in eggs one at a time and mix.
3. Add dry ingredients and fold.
4. Add the sugar mixture.
5. Bake at 160 degrees Celsius until baked.

The next pastry we baked was Pineapple Tarts. I don't have the recipe so I'll just share some photos.

The last pastry we baked was Butterscotch.

360g Butter
800g Brown Sugar
100g Glucose
30ml Vanilla
6pcs Eggs
720g All Purpose Flour
30g Baking Powder
15g salt

1. Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
2. Cream butter and brown sugar.
3. Add eggs one at a time.
4. Add vanilla extract.
5. Add the dry ingredients.
6. Fold in nuts and dried mango.
7. Bake at 160 degrees Celsius until golden brown.

I forgot to take photos of the Butterscotch because we were all excited eating all of it! Hahaha! But wait, we can't end the baking session without a major #flatlay! #FlatlayGoals :p

I am grateful to join the baking session at the Philippine Baking Institute. Actually, I've been thinking of taking baking lessons before when I had a lot of free time. When I learned about their wide range of professional baking education, I think this is something to look forward to. I might have a new hobby soon! :)

If you want to learn more about their services and their workshops, please visit their website at http://www.pbi.edu.ph/

Here's a schedule for August and September Workshops

Philippine Baking Institute
Website: www.pbi.edu.ph/
Address: Ecoland Drive, Davao City
Contact Numbers: (082) 324-6085 / 0917 684 7538
Office Hours: 8AM to 5PM

Thanks for dropping by and have a great day! - Jexx

July 13, 2016

I still believe I have a chance to have a fairer and whiter skin. So I tried a lot of whitening products and soaps in the market today to give me that little boost of confidence. I've been using different whitening soaps but it damages my skin instead of having a clear and white skin. Maybe because of the different ingredients and chemicals that are not suitable for my skin type.

I'm glad that My Skin Origins launched their newest soap, the My Skin Origins Organics Kojic Plus Beauty Bar.

Since My Skin Origins is an advocate of beauty, health, and wellness via natural means, their newest beauty bar also contains organic ingredients. It has virgin coconut oil, kojic acid, glutathione, and Vitamin C. It will exfoliate your dead skin the natural way making your skin glowing and healthy.

To apply, lather it on your skin and let it stay for 2 mins and then rinse it off with water. It is less stingy because of its organic ingredients. So I did not have any skin lesions or allergic reactions when using the Kojic Plus soap.

The Organics Kojic Plus Beauty Bar is now available at all Gaisano Grand Supermarket at Ilustre, Digos, Kidapawan, Panabo, and Tagum City for a very affordable price of P68.

They also have a lot of other beauty bars for different skin types. You can visit My Skin Origins Beauty Clinic to know what soaps are good for your skin type. They are located at Door 2, #93 Jacinto Street, Davao City.

Thanks to My Skin Origins owners, Ms. Jennifer Rubia-Echano and Mr. Alan Echano for inviting us at the Organics Kojic Plus Beauty Bar launch at Happy Fit.

My Skin Origins Skin Clinic
Address: Door 2, #93 Jacinto St., Davao City
Clinic Hours: 10AM - 7PM (Mondays to Saturdays)
Contact numbers: (082) 321 2533 or 0923 657 6466

Thank you for dropping by and have a great day! - Jexx

July 6, 2016

Basketball fans all over the country can throw their support behind Gilas Pilipinas wherever they are by tuning into the mobile live stream of the Philippine team games at the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament via the freenet app (formerly SafeZone), available for FREE download and FREE from data charges for all Smart, TNT and Sun subscribers nationwide.

All they have to do is download the freenet app from the Google Play Store or the SafeZone app from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store and register to the service to catch the FIBA qualifiers on their phones wherever they are. This is made possible by PLDT and Smart’s digital innovations arm Voyager Innovations in cooperation with Sports5 and TV5, the official broadcaster of the qualifying games.

“Just last week, Pinoys witnessed history unfold as they watched the inauguration of President Rodrigo Duterte through freenet on their mobile devices. Today we’re once again letting all Filipinos from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao express their support to the Philippine team for the historic Gilas bid for the 2016 Rio Olympics through their phones–all for FREE for Smart, TNT and Sun users nationwide,” said Manuel V. Pangilinan, Chairman at PLDT, Smart, and Voyager Innovations.

Watch Gilas from anywhere

Through freenet, basketball fans can watch the Philippines vs. France game at 9PM on July 5 (Tuesday) and the Philippines vs. New Zealand match at 9PM on July 6 (Wednesday) even if they are still in the office or braving the heavy traffic going home.

Led by former NBA player Andray Blatche, the 2016 Gilas Pilipinas pool is composed of Terrence Romeo, Jeff Chan, Jayson Castro, Gabe Norwood, Ranidel De Ocampo, June Mar Fajardo, Marc Pingris, Japeth Aguilar, Ray Parks, Ryan Reyes and Troy Rosario.

Should Gilas make it to the semifinals and finals of the tournament, fans may still tune into the games through freenet on July 9 and 10.

And if the Philippines emerges on top of the Manila FIBA qualifiers, they will earn the solitary spot for entry into the 2016 Olympic Games to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in August.

Digital Sixth Man

Dubbed the “free and fun way to connect,” freenet likewise offers fans an avenue to support the Philippine team by providing free basic social media access to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram through the app, so they can be the so-called “digital sixth man” of the team during the games.

They can do this by sharing words of encouragement and support on their accounts along with the hashtags #LabanPilipinas, #SmartGilas, #GilasTime and the fan-favorite #PUSO or “heart,” which has captured the spirit of the team in tournaments.

“We’re a basketball-crazy nation, and we’re also known as the social media capital of the world. So it’s only natural for Pinoys to show their support to the Gilas Pilipinas team through digital means, and we’re more than happy to give them that avenue through freenet. Let’s once again unite and rally behind our national team–by watching the games live, on TV, or through mobile!” said Benjie Fernandez, chief operating officer at Voyager.

During the free mobile live streaming of the Duterte inauguration, the SafeZone app became one of the top trending app searches in the Apple App Store–signifying a sea change in the way Filipinos participate in national events, which is increasingly going mobile.

Aside from free mobile live streaming and social media access, users may also use the freenet app to access a select number of apps and mobile sites. To date, about 70 brands and enterprises are already using the freenet platform to allow their users to access their sites and apps for free.

So make sure to be part of Philippine sports history and download the freenet app for your Android (http://szn.ph/downloadandroid) or the SafeZone app for iOS (http://szn.ph/downloadios) devices today.

For more information, visit http://www.freenet.ph/labanpilipinas or like the freenet page on Facebook.

Thanks for dropping by and have a great day! - Jexx

From the PR of SMART / Voyager Innovation - Mr. Arwin Abe