#CHUVANESSxNBS: Hoarding happens!
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My collaboration with National Book Store is already out in stores and I’m really happy with the chuva-approved display the NBS team came up with.


I’d also like to thank everyone who’s been posting their purchases on Instagram. After four days of sales, the hashtag #chuvanessxNBS already has more than 300 postings.
Just take a look at all the hoarding that has happened since the collaboration launched last August 17:

Tammy finds
Photo: @tammyfinds

christine dychiao
Photo: Christine Dychiao

pai edles
Photo: Pai Edles

ana gonzales
Photo: Ana Gonzales — Read her blog entry on the launch HERE.

Photo: Glenn

zarah hernaez
Photo: Zarah Hernaez

Photo: Cheryl

Norwen Villagomez
Photo: Norwen Villagomez

candy dizon
Photo: Candy Dizon

yodel pe
Photo: Yodel Pe

Here’s a list of stores that carry the line. Will let you know when they are available order online.
Thank you for posting! Keep them coming at #chuvanessXNBS on Instagram.

Chuvaness x NBS - Price List

Eraserheads unite in Smart ad campaign
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I’m an ’80s girl at heart, but the ’90s weren’t so bad.
In 1995 I opened a boutique called Grocery in San Juan, and one day the Eraserheads walked in. I’ll never forget it.
The ’90s were the golden age of E-heads, with (L-R) drummer Raymund Marasigan, lead vocalist Ely Buendia, and guitarists Marcus Adoro and Buddy Zabala.
P.S. Marcus Adoro is wearing my Club Addict T-shirt 🙂


The last time the Eraserheads held a major concert together was in 2009 before they unofficially disbanded. Last June 2016, Smart brought them together for a private event and I was there!

Eraserheads at Smart event
Eraserheads at Smart event

Individually, Ely, Marcus, Raymund, and Buddy are all talented artists, but together as Eraserheads, they are legendary. Their time apart has only served to hone their talents and personalities.
Other artists cover Eraserheads songs but no one can do “Magasin,” “Ang Huling El Bimbo,” Ligaya,” and “Pare Ko” like the originals.

Iba talaga pag kumpleto.
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Now, there’s no need to choose between call, text, and mobile data. You can have it all with ALLOUTSURF 30, the first promo offer to give subscribers what they want and need.

For more information about ALLOUTSURF 30 and other promos, go to
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#Revelationday: Guess who’s Century Tuna’s newest hunk?
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I don’t usually notice billboards anymore, but while driving through Edsa last week, I saw this interesting billboard with a reveal teaser.

James Reid for Century Tuna

Because of those luscious lips, I thought it was a girl, but had no idea who it could be.
The billboard triggered a guessing game among fans and motorists stuck in traffic.
Now we know it’s actor James Reid, better known as 1/2 of the super popular love team #JaDine.

James Reid for Century Tuna

I’ve actually watched and enjoyed their 2014 hit movie Diary Ng Panget. Two years later, James Reid is undoubtedly one of the hottest actors in town.

James Reid for Century Tuna

Now, his latest TV commercial for Century Tuna reflects the transformation and recent metamorphosis James has undergone in his career and personal life.
Last year, James joined the ranks of Anne Curtis and Derek Ramsay as Century Tuna endorsers.
I couldn’t agree more with Century Tuna’s choice.

James Reid for Century Tuna

Born and raised in Sydney by a Filipino mom and Australian dad, James moved to the Philippines where he ended up in the reality show Pinoy Big Brother Teen Clash.
After his big win, he went on to star in the huge primetime hit series, On the Wings of Love.
I think it’s great that James continues to improve himself; for one, he’s learning Tagalog and is taking further acting workshops.
Apart from that, he’s gained more confidence as he hits the gym regularly (weightlifting is his preferred workout) and maintains a balanced diet of good carbs, no rice, and, of course, Century Tuna.
Loos like all his hard work has paid off. Watch this!

How to make Assumption-style cottage pie
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I spent many years in Assumption, mostly feeling like an alien or misfit. But didn’t we all, at some point as teenagers?
One of the things I remember was the food. There were three things I ate in Assumption during the ’80s:
1) The best sampaloc, packaged in a big ball and wrapped in cellophane.
2) Siomai, which I used to eat with toothpicks.
3) The best cottage pie ever.

I didn’t really like food or eating until I turned 26, so when I liked a dish I would eat it everyday if I could.
While siomai and sampaloc could be bought everyday, cottage pie was a treat whenever it was served in the cafeteria, and I looked forward to those days.

My school mate Biden taught me how to make cottage pie, and this is how I remember it. I’m pretty sure there was no tomato sauce or celery, because if there were, I would not have eaten it.
Feel free to comment below or post a link on how you think it’s made.
If there’s anyone from Assumption reading this, please post a picture of cottage pie if they still serve it now.

There are three main ingredients: ground beef

Ground beef

Chopped cabbage

Chop cabbage

Mashed potatoes.
1) First, boil the potatoes

Boil potatoes

2) Put some oil in a large pot, throw in chopped garlic and sliced onions before adding the ground beef (sorry this picture is wrong). Add Knorr beef cubes to taste. Season with salt and pepper.


3) Add chopped cabbage. Do not overdo it, otherwise it will be called cabbage pie.

Add cabbage

4) Secret ingredient: add some patis to wake up the flavor

Dash of patis

5) When potatoes are soft, throw out the water. Add milk and salted butter and you can mash it straight in the pot.

mash potatoes

Add salt for flavor.

mash potatoes

6) Put the ground beef mixture in a pan or in smaller portions.

put in pan

7) Top it with mashed potato and clean it up with a fork, like a zen garden.

clean with fork

8) Finish it off with bread crumbs on top. Any kind. We just happen to have Progresso at home

bread crumbs

9) Put the pan in the oven just to brown the top at 180 degrees celsius, about 15-20 minutes


I like to eat this with rice and feel like I’m in a plaid skirt again.
Thank you Chef Jeroen for helping me. 🙂

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