The smiles are worth it! Look how your Php 25 can brighten a kid’s future through NBS Project Aral
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I’m such a lucky girl. I feel this more whenever National Bookstore sends my care package of gift checks, so I get to visit the store every time I feel like it.
Usually I go straight to the imported stationery section before heading towards school and office supplies, and the occasional magazine.
Whenever I pay at the cashier, they always invite me to buy school set for Php 25 pesos each. It includes a couple of notebooks and writing materials.
I make sure to put a friend’s name on the donor sticker—a friend who has passed away, for their memory and in hope that the whoever receives the donation will pray for the person whose name is on it.

Project Aral

My cousin Chelo died in 2008, so this is just one of the ways I keep her memory alive.
After purchasing the kits, you drop them off in the donation box next to the cashier.
This year I have probably purchased 20-30 kits and wondered where they went.
Luckily National Bookstore send photos for sharing. Just look at all these happy faces.

National Bookstore Project Aral
National Bookstore Project Aral
National Bookstore Project Aral
National Bookstore Project Aral

Makes your Php 25 pesos worth it.
I’m proud to support a brand that I’ve relied on for years, that also goes out of its way to improve the lives of school children.

National Book Store’s Project Aral began eight years ago, when a during an outreach program in Antique, one of the chieftains asked the NBS team if they had brought a sharpener.
“Ma’am, tanong ko lang gani may sharpener po ba kayong dala? Kasi po sa halos isang daang bata namin dito, iisa lang ang sharpener namin.” 

Right then, they thought of a project that would give to school children. Project Aral was born. It is a direct, simple and easy way for National Book Store customers to help less fortunate kids to be motivated and go to school.
The annual staging of Project Aral has already donated to nearly a million of school children all over the country—from Itbayat, Batanes to Babuyan Islands, and even in conflict-affected areas in Mamasapano, Mindanao.

National Bookstore Project Aral

This year, more than 550,000 kits have been donated so far.
Last year, close to 800,000 Project Aral Kits were donated and distributed to children in far-flung areas that can only be reached by foot.

Purchase and donate Project Aral Kits for only Php 25 at National Book Store.
Each kit contains two notebooks, two pencils, a sharpener and eraser, or two ballpoint pens.
Project Aral kits are available until June 30, 2016 at all National Book Store, National Book Store Express and Powerbooks branches.

Call 8888-NBS (627) for more information.
Follow National Book Store on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@nbsalert).

Love at first snap: Pink’s hotdogs now in Manila
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It’s been a while since I’ve had a real American hotdog from a hotdog stand. New York 1990s to be exact—so I was excited when Wildflour/Farmacy owner Ana de Ocampo invited me to a preview of Pink’s hotdogs at the Fort last Tuesday.


The aircon was being installed that day, so we sat outside, and it was great to see some friendly faces, I can’t tell you.

Standing from L-R: Tippi Tambunting, Ana de Ocampo, Bea Ledesma
Sitting: Jin Perez, Nicole Ortega, Michelle Tiangco, Irene Marcos Araneta

Best of all, it was lovely to meet the couple behind Pink’s: Richard and Gloria Pink—married for 45 years—who flew in from Los Angeles to celebrate the opening of their first store outside the United States.

Richard and Gloria Pink

Richard’s parents Paul and Betty Pink opened their first hotdog cart in Hollywood in 1939.
At that time, his parents were very poor and out of work. They sold hotdogs for 10 cents at the corner of La Brea and Melrose near Paramount and Universal Studios, and quickly became popular among actors looking for work.
Seventy nine years later, Pink’s remains a Hollywood legend. Just look at all these celebrities who love Pink’s.


One of their biggest fans is Golden Girls’ Betty White, who’s become a good friend of Richard and Gloria’s.

Betty White

It’s funny how they mentioned her as I ordered my very plain hotdog with just a bun. Bread are delivered fresh daily by Wildflour bakers, and the hotdog is juicy and snaps on on your first bite.
Richard said that’s exactly how Betty White likes it, and they call it “the naked hotdog”.

Richard holds my naked hotdog and Gloria has her beaded phone case, which is available at the store for about $15.


When Ana de Ocampo invites, we go. That’s because we are fans of her dining concepts Wildflour and Farmacy, which she co-owns with her sister Margarita who is married to Chef Walter Manzke, who owns and runs Republique and PettyCash in Los Angeles.

Walter Manzke

The talented chef is not only good in the kitchen—he also has an eye for design, having conceptualized interiors for Wildflour, Farmacy and Pink’s in Manila.
Pink’s Manila is designed as outdoor but indoor, since aircon is a must in our tropical climate—complete with old-school signboards, basketball ring, and a Kombi that will serve Farmacy ice cream and shakes.



Pink’s came to Manila by way of the friendship between the Pinks and the Manzkes who dine at each other’s restaurants.
“If there’s anyone I can trust with the recipes, it has to be Walter,” said Richard, whose father created the famous chili dog using all-beef and natural casing.


There are 35 kinds of hotdogs at Pinks, but the best ones were served by Richard himself.


Thanks for the love 🙂


Must come back for burgers and fries. My friends say the fries here are the best in Manila.
Pink’s is now open at One Bonifacio High Street Park, outside Shangri-La Hotel at the Fort.
For more information, follow them on Facebook.

Google celebrates Philippine Independence Day with jeepney doodle
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Google Philippines celebrates 118 years of independence, with a special one-day only doodle on the homepage.
This year’s Independence Day doodle features a multicolored jeepney filled with friends and family on their way to an adventure.

2016 Independence Day Doodle

The seventh Independence Day Google doodle is inspired by Filipinos’ love for adventure and pride for their country.
Clicking on the Google doodle will lead visitors to more information about the history of Philippine independence.

“Doodle” is the term used for decorative changes made to the Google logo to celebrate holidays, anniversaries, and the lives of famous artists, pioneers, and scientists.
Doodles make searches even more fun as we learn new things with each new design.

It began in 2000 when Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin asked their intern Dennis Hwang to create a doodle for Bastille Day. It was so well-received that Hwang was promoted to chief doodler and doodles began showing up more regularly. Through the years, doodlers have created over 2,000 doodles that brighten the Google homepage and bring smiles to readers all over the world.

About Alphabet Inc.
Larry Page and Sergey Brin founded Google in September 1998. Since then, the company has grown to more than 50,000 employees worldwide, with a wide range of popular products and platforms like Search, Maps, Ads, Gmail, Android, Chrome, and YouTube. In October 2015, Alphabet became the parent holding company of Google. You can read more about Alphabet’s mission HERE.

Visit Pond’s Institute pop-up shop at BGC until June 14
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Don’t be afraid to drop by Pond’s Institute’s pop-up shop at Bonifacio High Street!
Take advantage of the clearance sale this June 11-12, 2016.

Pond's pop-up at the Fort

Get free skin consultations and evaluation through the Skin Analyzer, which can tell you your skin’s age and condition, based on fine lines, wrinkles, sunspots, acne, moisture levels, and more.

Pond's pop-up at the Fort

Get a customized skincare regimen to address various skincare concerns.

Pond's pop-up at the Fort

“We want Filipinas to get the expert skincare and beauty they deserve,” said Mian Datu-David, Unilever Philippines’ Marketing Director for Skin.
Pond’s offers a wide range of products to battle the changing environment’s harmful effects on your skin.
Fight aging and look up to 10 years younger with Pond’s Age Miracle.
For acne and breakouts, use Pond’s Acne Clear Face Wash. Lighten and brighten skin from the cellular level with Pond’s White Beauty.

Pond's pop-up at the Fort

The Pond’s Institute Pop-Up shop is at Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City (in front of Fully Booked and Serendra) until June 14.
Watch out for the roving Pond’s Institute nationwide. For more information, click HERE.

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