Summer giveaway winners are here!
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Thanks for joining the recent giveaway!
Out of 2,743 valid entries, eight lucky winners were chosen via
Four train cases are packed with goodies from, Freeway, National Bookstore, Ferry Corsten, Urbanears, BagsGo and more.


The winners of the train cases are:
Riza Oiga of Pasig City
Kristine Grace Cutin of Davao City
Myra Landicho of Pasig City
Leon Pangilinan Jr. of Intamuros, Manila

Four Team Manila tote bags are filled with prizes from Goody, The Ramp Crossings, Ferry Corsten, BagsGo, Solo, and


The winners are:
Mariam Genevieve Masahud of Cavite
Jeslito Jr Seen of Quezon City
Aprille Bundalian of Muntinlupa
Alice Cotaoco of Binondo, Manila

After contacting the winners by email, I’ll be sending out the prizes within the week.
Watch out for more giveaways in store this summer! Follow me @chuvaness.

Behind the Building: Privato Tower
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With all the construction going on in the city, one can’t help but wonder just how safe or how well-planned these buildings are.
Among the structures up for completion this 2013 is the condotel Privato Tower right along Pasig City’s Shaw Boulevard.
Here, developer Green Asia Real Estate gives us a sneak a peek on how a high-rise is constructed and what really goes on behind the building.
First off, an official groundbreaking to mark the start of construction. In Privato’s case, it was exactly 14 months and 21 days ago.


The excavation is a tricky part—you get to see how “tough” your foundation is. A happy problem that Privato encountered was a solid, hard bedrock that further enhances the structure’s integrity. It was pure adobe that took months just to dig through.


Getting into the interiors, design planning is always one of the most exciting parts. Here, they made sure every corner was equal in form and function.


In planning a bedroom, take into consideration every movement the resident makes. This includes not having to crouch down just to charge a cellphone, bedside reading at night, and a whole lot more. These are concerns that room planning should revolve around.


An actual model unit should honestly reflect the way a room will look upon turnover. This way, no unpleasant surprises for investors


Privato is proud to work with the best furniture makers in the Philippines. No wonder Filipino craftsmanship is celebrated around the globe.


Onsite, engineers swim through tons of blueprints and endless coordination with architects and designers. Casas+Architects leads the Privato team with Jose Aliling as construction manager and Architect Juan Carlo Calma as interior designer. Enderun Hospitality is the hotel’s professional management team.


One of Privato’s many green features is the use of Silicon Resin or SIREX paint—a low Volatile Organic Compound material that self-washes during the rain. This way, no need to repaint the structure for the next 15 years instead of the usual three to five years.


Last December 12, 2012 or just 11 months from its groundbreaking ceremony, Privato officially topped off. Now they are busy closing the walls and focusing on the interior works.


Located across from Ynares Sports Center and Kapitolyo rotunda, Privato is slated for turnover this 3rd quarter of 2013.


To know more about investing in Privato, visit or

Multimedia Arts Festival opens at the Rockwell Tent
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Experience the De La Salle College of Saint Benilde’s first ever contemporary multisensory exhibit in The Multimedia Arts Festival.
The exhibit will feature art works and installations by of the Multimedia Arts Program.

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There will be nine different concepts on display:
Rewind will take you back to 90’s to reminisce or show the younger generation what life was like in that decade.
Twisted Tales will reinterpret childhood fairy tales, creating new librettos while still retaining the stories’ classic crux.
IM | POSSIBLE will attempt to answer strange ideas in the form of innocent questions or philosophical ones.
Spectrum will represents a multitude of ideas using different mediums.
Artbeat will weave together the past and the present through a creative play between the 80’s and today.
Cosmic Leap will recreates a virtual reality through different dimensions by providing visual, somatosensory and auditory perception.
Espejismo is the Spanish word for “mirage” and will beg the questions: “Is it really there? Is it present? Does it exist in reality or is it just an illusion, a trick of the visual perception?”
Inspired by Newton’s experiments with prisms, the nature of light, and spectrums, Prism will take the students’ collective understanding of the arts and their individual creativity to bring you this exhibit, taking a single concept and refracting it into an exhibit that is just as varied as a single beam of light.
And Bring to Light will create a futuristic visual for the viewers to experience the light that makes use of what new technology can bring us, showing what the future has in store.

The Multimedia Arts Festival will be at the Rockwell Tent from April 10-12, 2013.
April 10 will mark the opening night starting from 6PM onwards and will be open on April 11 and 12 from 11 AM onwards.