Mandarin Oriental Manila’s new GM
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Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has announced the appointment of Torsten Van Dullemen as General Manager of Mandarin Oriental, Manila.
Mr. Van Dullemen first joined the Mandarin Group in 2004 as Resident Manager of Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London.
For two years he was Hotel Manager of the award-winning Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok.
Now he joins Mandarin Oriental, Manila from his most recent position as General Manager of the Group’s Chiang Mai hotel.

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Commenting on the appointment, Richard Baker, Executive Vice President, Operations Director—Asia said, “Torsten has excellent experience with the Group and is a natural leader and motivator. We are delighted to welcome him to his new position as General Manager of Mandarin Oriental, Manila, and wish him continued success.”

Winners: Chuva’s girly giveaway
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Thank you for 862 valid entries to this girly giveaway!
Before I announce the next giveaway from Cinemaworld, here are the five winners chosen via electronic raffle:

Crystal Marie Cañete of Cebu City
Racquel Pueblo of Pasig
Michelle Co of Binondo, Manila
Ruth Palacio of Caloocan
Jovie Madlang-awa of Makati

Each winner will receive a Rootote bag in a random color

Rootote bags

Nail polish set and mini cube MP3 player from Caronia


CarbTrim carb-blocking iced tea mixes, cooling santary pads, and iPhone panty 🙂


Winners, please check your email about receiving your prizes. Thank you!

Manila’s real-life version of Scandal
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While waiting for Season 3 of Scandal on October 3, 2013, I can’t help but think: with all of Janet Lim Napoles’ billions, she could actually hire Olivia Pope to get her out of this mess.
But since Olivia Pope is only fictional, she hired Lorna Kapunan instead.

Lorna Kapunan Olivia Pope

Which leads me to ask:

1) Did she really pay 20 million for Kapunan to take her case?

2) Who are the gladiators behind Kapunan?

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Who are the Huck, Quinn, Abby and Harrison of the firm?

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3) Is there a special “friendship” between Kapunan and the President? 🙂 (just kidding)


4) What are the secrets and coverups Malacañan is hiding from us?

5) What advice would Olivia Pope give Napoles?


6) Since Olivia Pope was based on real-life crisis manager Judy Smith, why not hire Smith instead?


7) Will there be further arrests?

8) And God forbid: will a whistle blower die?

Can’t wait to see how everything unfolds. I am really hoping some people will go to jail and to a hospital.
Meanwhile, we await the continuation of Scandal, Season 3.

Watch foreign films at home, anytime
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Tired of predictable Hollywood movies and endings?
Movie buffs can now look forward to all kinds of films—from Europe, Latin America, Australia, Asia, South Asia, North America and the Middle East—as Cinemaworld International Movie Channel is now available in Metro Manila on Cable Link and the HD Movie Package of SkyCable.

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Few years in development, CinemaWorld is the first and only pan-Asia international movie channel showcasing top box-office hits and award-winning films from around the world.
Offering mainstream programming that is fresh, unique and differentiated, CinemaWorld provides movie lovers with exciting new movie options they won’t find anywhere else.

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All movies on CinemaWorld are shown in their original language, with English subtitles.
CinemaWorld is commercial-free and available in High Definition.
Weekends will have a thematic focus, while Thriller Fridays at 11 PM will showcase movies that will have you hiding behind the covers. Saturday Festival Picks at 9 PM will highlight the best selections from international film festivals, and Sunday See The World at 9 PM will offer something unique from around the world.

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Subscribing to CinemaWorld, whether you’re on Sky Cable or CableLink, is simple.
First, get an HD Box from your cable operator, since the channel is shown in High Definition.
Then choose your desired add-on. For Sky Cable subscribers, there are several options to choose from, including their Movie Package which is offered at Php 550/month.
For CableLink subscribers, CinemaWorld is available with their Movie Pack at Php 350/month.
All this can be done over the phone! No need to go to a service center.
To find out more, contact your cable provider or go to

COMING UP: I’ll tell you how to win a free CinemaWorld subscription for 12 months, plus a Sunday brunch buffet for four at Spectrum, Raffles Hotel.

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