How to win one year’s supply of Royce’ chocolate this season
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What if you could have:
a) Chocolate-covered Macadamias every single day for the month of July?
b) A packet of Potatochip for each day of January?
c) A bar of Creamy Milk every single day in September?
d) Chocolate wafers in October?
e) Amande Chocôlat’ in Milk for November?
f) All of the above?

What if you could have a different kind Royce’ chocolate every month for a year?
Royce’ makes it possible this Christmas as it gives the biggest gift of all—a year’s supply of chocolate.
Meticulously made in Sapporo, Japan using only the highest quality ingredients, Royce’ is one of the top choices when it comes to chocolate, cookies, and sweets.

Royce' in Manila

From now until January 15, 2014, Royce’ customers will get a chance to win a year’s supply of Royce’ chocolates, with one raffle coupom for every single-receipt minimum purchase worth Php 3,000.
One lucky winner will take home more than enough chocolate to last for the whole of 2014.
And with a different Royce’ chocolate variant every month, this is a chocoholic’s dream come true.
Royce’ Chocolate is available at the Power Plant Mall, Greenbelt 5, Trinoma, Eastwood, The Podium, and The Cake Club at Bonifacio High Street.
Royce flier

Save the animals! Typhoon survival for your pets
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It’s 12 midnight in Pasig. The whole house is sleeping, and the kids don’t know there’s no school tomorrow.
To those wondering, it’s not raining here yet. Hard to believe the biggest storm of the year is on its way to the Philippines.
This media advisory comes from The World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA), who are monitoring Typhoon Yolanda which will impact the Philippines in the next 24 hours.
This public service announcement may be useful to help protect your pets or livestock.

Dog Almost Out of It's Depth

What to prepare for your pets:
1) Food. Store at least three days of non-perishable pet food (canned or dried) in an airtight, waterproof container (remember the can opener!). Ideally this should be the same food as your normally feed your pet so as to avoid stomach upsets.
2) Water. Store at least three days of water for your pet, in addition to the water you need for your family (remember an animal can drink more water than usual when under stress). Plus you will need extra water to clean up after your pet.
3) Medicines. Store any extra supply of medicines your pet needs in a waterproof container, as well as any special dietary needs or supplements.
4) Veterinary/Medical Records. Store copies of any medical and vaccination records in a watertight container or ziplock bag including your vet’s name and telephone number (in case you have to shelter your pet or place them in foster care).
5) First Aid Kit. Prepare a first aid kit. Talk to your vet about any specific requirements such as tick/flea prevention, antibiotic ointment and saline solution (i.e. eye wash solution separate from your family use)

Philippines Floods

Advice for livestock owners:
If it is safe for you to do so, move your animals to higher ground or a designated safe place
Bring a 72-hour supply of suitable food and water.
Travel with emergency kit for your animals (this may include animal identification and records / documents / important contact numbers /first aid).

Walking dogs is hard in a flood

If you have no choice but to leave your livestock behind:
Before evacuating, and if it is safe for you to do so, move them to higher ground. Leave them enough food and clean water for 72 hours. They will need protection from the elements and shelter.
Untie them so they have a chance to escape should floodwaters rise. Tethered or penned animals have no chance in a flood or storm surge. Animals are strong swimmers and untying them gives them a chance to survive.
When returning after flood waters have receded, have plenty of fresh water available.
On your return, check and secure fencing as these may have shifted in the floods.

WSPA, the World Society for the Protection of Animals exists for the sole purpose of raising the standards of animal welfare throughout the world.
To find out more, go to

Meet my mom, the artisan
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My mom, Tita Zamora, has been making stuff with her hands since I can remember.
When we were kids she used to decorate our flannel pajamas using Japanese ball-point tubes of textile paint.
She did papier-mâché, stained glass, handmade stationery, flower arrangements made of bread dough, and so much more.

Sen. Pia Cayetano, Mom
Mom (R) with Sen. Pia Cayetano

From her I learned the art of gift-wrapping and the therapeutic joys of wrapping books in plastic.
She started beading about 12 years ago around the time my first son was born. After taking a hiatus, she rekindled her love for the craft after taking lessons from Portia Leuterio.

Portia Leuterio, Jullie Daza, and Tess Colayco
L-R: Portia Leuterio, Jullie Daza, and Tess Colayco

These days, Mom starts beading before breakfast and works on her current project the whole day.
She can finish a beaded bag within five to six days.
“It relieves stress because you’re not really thinking of anything except the beads, the needle and the design,” she says.
Recently my mom and one of her beading BFFs, Tita Bing Blardony, decided to sell over 200 finished pieces to benefit charity.
The venue was my dad’s conference room at the Fort, where the dazzling bags were perched on top of pretty boxes.

Mom's bags at NAC Tower
Mom's bags
Mom's bags

Proceeds of the sales went to the Arnold Janssen Catholic Mission Foundation Inc., which is headed by my mom’s other BFF, Tita Vicky Sales.
“The foundation benefits the poorest of the poor,” said Tita Vicky, who shares that the foundation has 53 centers in Dasmariñas, Cavite, eight in Bacoor and the National Capital Region, one in Tagaytay, and 26 in Rio Tuba, Palawan.

Yolly Reyno, Tita Vicky, Mom, Tess Colayco, Eega Narvaez, Portia Leuterio, and Jullie Yap Daza
L-R: Yolly Reyno, Vicky Sales, Tita Zamora, Tess Colayco, Eega Narvaez, Portia Leuterio, and Jullie Yap Daza

About 60% of the bags were sold, with each buyer getting an official receipt from the foundation.
The event was such a success, Mom and Tita Bing are already planning another for next year.

Bing Blardony, Frannie Jacinto, Mom
L-R: Bing Blardony, Frannie Jacinto, Tita Zamora

Nicole, Chame, Diday, Tita Inez
Nicole Zamora, Charmaine Zamora, Diday Riingen, Inez Galang

Sen. Pia Cayetano, Mom, Dad
Senator Pia Cayetano with Tita and Manny Zamora

Baby Cruz, Bing Blardony
Baby Cruz and Bing Blardony

Dad, Tito Ronny, Camille Villar, Mark Villar
L-R: Manny Zamora, Cong. Ronny Zamora, Camille Villar, Mark Villar

Alan Cayetano, Sandy Schramm, Pia Cayetano, Ronny Zamora, Tita Zamora
Senator Alan Cayetano with his mom Sandy and Senator Pia Cayetano, Cong. Ronny Zamora, Bing Blardony

Jake Montenegro and Mau Blardony
Former heartthrobs Jake Montenegro and Mau Blardony

Pammy, Tita Inez, Tita Mimi, Tito Ronny
Pammy Zamora, Inez Galang, Mimi & Ronny Zamora

Mom, TIta Noni, Tita Bing, Tita Dolly
L-R: Tita Zamora, Noni Galang, Bing Blardony, Dolly Galang

Dennis Zamora and Koichi Ishihara
L-R: Dennis Zamora, Koichi Ishihara

Daffy and TIsha
Daffy Zamora and Tisha Riingen

Tita Inez, Enet Quiogue
Inez Manapul Galang and Monette Quiogue

Leo, Mom, Tita Dolly
Leo Riingen, Tita Zamora, Dolly Galang (All photos: Daniel Tan)

Obsessed with Warren Beatty
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Never mind how Warren Beatty looks right now.
You might know him as Anette Bening’s husband or Madonna’s ex. I prefer to remember him as he was in the ’60s.
No, I wasn’t born yet. I just prefer old movies to the ones we have now.
When I was in high school I watched two of my favorite Warren Beatty movies—which I watched again recently.
In Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone (1961), he plays a social-climbing Italian gigolo named Paolo di Leo.

Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone

Aside from being young and good-looking, his main talent seems to be hooking up with lonely old women who can support his expensive taste and lifestyle.
Through a madame pimp, he manages to get introduced to a recently widowed and retired American stage actress named Karen Stone (played by Vivien Leigh).

Vivienne Lee

In the beginning, she resists becoming a sugar mommy, but ends up giving in to most of Paolo’s wants when she starts to really fall for him.

Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone

Unfortunately, Paolo can’t resist younger women closer to his age.
This causes Mrs. Stone much grief, and the end is left to the imagination of the viewer.

You don’t always end up with your first or greatest love. It may be for the best or God’s will.
Splendor in the Grass (1961) tackles the subject of a love that was lost because of youth, wrong timing and obligation to one’s parents.
Set in 1920s Kansas, Warren Beatty plays a wealthy football player jock named Bud Stamper who falls in love with a pretty middle class schoolmate, Deanie Loomis (played by Natalie Wood).

Splendor in the Grass

Bud is dying to have sex, but Deanie’s upbringing tells her not to.
When Bud’s slutty sister Ginny comes home from the city, everyone is scandalized by her behavior.
After seeing Ginny nearly gang-banged at a party, Bud becomes demoralized and breaks up with Deanie.

Splendor in the Grass

He decides to follow his father’s advice and hook up with the school slut, Juanita.
Deanie can’t deal with the breakup and becomes temporarily insane and slutty. She ends up in a mental institution where she stays for two and a half years. There she meets a troubled young doctor she gets along with, while Bud also meets an Italian waitress (Zohra Lampert) who helps him during dark times.


When Deanie gets out of the mental facility, the first thing she does is look for Bud.
Are the feelings still there? What’s it like to see your ex?
The ending will break your heart.

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