Celebrate the BER months with a fab giveaway (Part 1)

We’re in that horrible/wonderful season called the “ber” months. That usually means cooler weather (or storming, which is abnormally happening now) and horrendous traffic.
That means malls are playing Christmas carols and selling Christmas wrappers and decors.
Two of my friends, in fact, already have their trees up. As for me, I’d rather wait for a real festive-smelling Douglas Fir tree (from S&R).
I have, however, started Christmas shopping. And since we’re in that holiday mood, I’ve decided to put together a much-delayed giveaway, and a very huge apology goes to food stylist, reviewer and author Angelo Comsti, who sent five copies of his book along with bottles of Chardonnay and kitchen shears to share with five lucky readers.

From Our Table To Yours by Angelo Comsti

From Our Table to Yours is a collection of heirloom recipes and family memories compiled by Comsti. Here he shares time-tested recipes by some of the country’s culinary authorities, including Tony Boy Escalante of Antonio’s, writer and blogger Joey de Larrazabal-Blanco, Aileen Anastacio of Goodies N’Sweets and PR consultant Gwen Jacinto-Carino.
From Our Table to Yours is not just a recipe book. It tells the story behind each dish, and it all began with Comsti’s search for a recipe of Filipino chiffon cake.
“With my family, food always came with good memories and I realized that recalling these can be just as indulgent as enjoying a piece of that cake,” said Comsti.

Angelo Comsti

Comsti graduated with a degree in professional culinary studies at Le Cordon Bleu in Sydney, Australia. He’s a food writer for television and various print and digital periodicals, as well as a food and prop stylist for magazines, print ads, billboards, restaurant menus and cookbooks.
He also holds cooking demos and develops recipes for corporate clients.

The book features over 50 main dishes, snacks and desserts with personal photos and short stories accompanying each recipe, including Beef Shank Soup (Pochero), Stewed Pork Knuckle (Estofadong Pata), Prawns with Coconut Milk and Bilimbi Fruit and Christmas Cheese Balls.
Some of the recipes even have very helpful tips. Luisa Consing-Locsin’s Heart of Palm Spring Rolls, shared by Patricia Locsin, tells us where to get the wrappers for the Lumpiang Ubod.
Purificacion Abueva Binamira’s Roast Pig Congee or Lechon Pospas, shared by Joel Binamira (the man behind Zubuchon Lechon) gives instructions on how to heat leftovers (add a little water or broth).

From Our Table to Yours: A Collection of Heirloom Recipes and Family Memories (Php 795) is available at National Book Store, Powerbooks and Bestsellers branches. Or buy online at nationalbookstore.com.
For those living abroad, the book is also available in Kindle and paperback format at Amazon.com.

(NEXT: Join my fab giveaway which includes Angelo Comsti’s book!)

SMART announces free internet for 66 million prepaid users

Be very afraid.
SMART has just launched free mobile Internet for prepaid subscribers.
That means over 66 million Filipinos can gain access to the Internet just by having SMART, Talk ‘N Text, and Sun Cellular prepaid SIM cards on their mobile phones.
I’m kidding of course—this, coming from someone who’s had several run-ins with certain social media users :)
But seriously this is good news for prepaid users who can get free access to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, SMART Spinnr, Wikipedia, Waze, Google Maps, Uber, and more from now until November 30, 2014.

This groundbreaking announcement was made last Friday by SMART and PLDT Chairman Manny V. Pangilinan during a press conference at the Makati Shangri-La Hotel.

Manny Pangilinan at SMART media event
SMART Chairman MVP at the press conference (PHOTO: John Michael Bueno)

“We are launching this initiative to provide a much larger number of Filipinos the opportunity to try out and experience the Internet, enjoy its benefits and, as we at SMART like to say, live more,” said MVP. “This special offer is specifically designed to assist our prepaid subscribers who make up the bulk of our population. Many of them already have the mobile devices capable of accessing the Internet but have yet to use them to go online.”

To avail of the free mobile internet offer, Smart, Talk N Text and Sun Cellular subscribers need to have an available airtime balance of at least one peso, or be subscribed to any load bucket or promo.
They must register each day, by simply texting FREE to 9999. Registration is free.
Once registered, they will receive an SMS confirmation and be able to enjoy a free data volume package of up to 30MB per day. Data charges will however apply to peer-to-peer uploads and downloads, videos, VOIP and messaging.
To know more about the service, click HERE.


Ines de la Fressange launches 2nd collection for Uniqlo

Before the word “supermodel” was ever coined (and I hate that word by the way), there were great beauties we looked up to in the ’80s. One of them was Ines de la Fressange.
At that time we knew her to be the muse of Chanel and Karl Lagerfeld—and one doesn’t become muse just by looks alone. Aside from being naturally tall, skinny, and beautiful, Ines also happens to be an aristocrat (her father is the Marquis de La Fressange) with an innate sense of style.

Ines de la Fressange
Ines as muse of Chanel in the ’80s

Ines today as fashion designer wearing Uniqlo

Following the success of her first collaboration with UNIQLO last Spring/Summer 2014, a second and bigger collection was recently launched for Fall/Winter 2014. Watch this:

Said Ines de la Fressange: “I try to take the position of women today, and take into account such factors as closet space and budget. No one can live surrounded by unlimited clothing. Having many items is not necessarily a good thing, and it is important to have ‘good clothes.’ The point I wanted to express with the new collection is that even without a detailed fashion knowledge, women can find something beautiful to wear. They can have a full wardrobe. The Fall/Winter collection is even better than I expected, and I’m extremely pleased with the elegant line,” she said.


The collection features smartly cut shirts, the classic trench and casual cashmeres, chic trousers, the elegant tuxedo jacket, and simple silk dresses. Each piece translates easily from day to night and is a great addition to any woman’s wardrobe.


The Ines de la Fressange collection is now available at UNIQLO SM Megamall, SM Aura and Glorietta 5.
To know more, go to http://www.uniqlo.com/ph/ines/.

Want to be The FaceShop brand ambassador for a year?

The FaceShop Philippines is searching for a Top Girl who will win US$5,000, travel to Korea, and shoot a video with Seoul’s top star makers. The Top Girl winner will be The FaceShop Philippines’ brand ambassador for a year.



1) Purchase any regular item at any Face Shop store nationwide between September 1-30, 2014. Credit card and gift certificate purchases are valid.
2) Apply online at http://topgirl.thefaceshop.com.
3) Upload your photos online (jpg format, not larger than 810×810): 1 close-up and 1 full body photo.
4) Print out the Top Girl application form with your complete name, address, telephone number, and signature.
5) Submit all requirements and go to any of the following go-see schedules from 3-7 PM:

THEFACESHOP Trinoma — October 1 (Wednesday)
THEFACESHOP SM Clark — October 2 (Thursday)
THEFACESHOP SM BF Paranaque — October 3 (Friday)
THEFACESHOP SM Megamall — October 5 (Sunday)
THEFACESHOP SM Cebu — October 6 (Monday)
THEFACESHOP SM Davao — October 7 (Tuesday)


1) The Top 3 finalists will be determined on October 8, 2014 (3 PM at Bench Tower, Taguig City) and will receive The Face Shop products worth over Php 3,000.
2) On October 10, 6 PM, the top 3 finalists must attend the final selection at THEFACESHOP SM Megamall. Announcement of the winner will be posted at all Face Shop stores.
3) The Top Girl will become the official brand ambassador of The Face Shop Philippines for 1 year.
• She will get a cash reward of US$ 5,000 (or Php 200,000) and will travel to Korea on November 3-5, 2014.
• Travel includes video shoot and sightseeing, plus accommodation of 3 days and 2 nights.
• All travel documents and expenses that will be incurred during the media tour will be prepared and paid for by The Face Shop PH and Korea.
• Winner will shoulder 20% tax for prizes exceeding P10,000.
• Prizes not claimed within 6 months from receipt of notification will be forfeited in favor of Suyen Corporation – The Face Shop with prior approval from DTI.
• Winner will shoulder all costs incurred in securing any of her prizes (transportation, parking fee, etc.)
4) Employees of Suyen Corporation and The Face Shop stores, including relatives up to the second degree of consanguinity or affinity are disqualified from joining the contest.


Loup Noir to open pop-up store at KISH

LOUP NOIR, the accessory brand created by Jens Heimerdinger and Sascha Freyberg in 2010, will be having a pop-up store at KISH this September 27, 2014 from 1-5 PM.

Loup Noir

Started in 2010 with a line of scarves, the duo branched out to bags and small leather goods in 2013.
Freyberg has a background in textile and clothing technology, while Heimerdinger previously worked for Hugo Boss and later on as the Product manager for the German fashion brand JOOP!
Together, their eye for detail is what makes the LOUP NOIR (black wolf) collection unique and distinctly chic.

LOUP NOIR designers Jens & Sascha

LOUP NOIR accessories are for those who appreciate striking colours, quality and sustainability.
Designed in Germany and made in Italy’s Veneto and Como province, each bag is made of waterproof canvas and calf leather trimmings.

Loup Noir

Loup Noir is sold in more than 20 countries worldwide, and is now available in the Philippines through JANINA at the Peninsula Manila Hotel.
Visit the pop-up store this Saturday, September 27, 2014 from 1-5 pm at KISH, 233 Nicanor Garcia, Makati City, Metro Manila. For more information, call 845-0140.
To know more about LOUP NOIR, click HERE.

H&M opens in Manila this October 17!

The stage is set for H&M’s first store opening in Manila, with a retail space spanning three floors and approximately 3,000 square meters.
The Swedish retail brand will open at SM Megamall’s Fashion Hall on October 17, 2014 from 9 AM until midnight.
As a special treat, the first 200 customers in line will receive gift cards (some high as Php 6,000) and opening offers up to 50% off.
Regular store hours of 10 AM to 10 PM will be resumed on October 20 onwards.

H&M Megamall

“We have been waiting for the best opportunity to be in the Philippines and now the wait is finally over.
The Philippines is ready for the next level of fashion and we are proud to debut our amazing flagship store at SM Megamall,” said Magnus Olsson, Country Manager of Greater China and South East Asia.

H&M at SM Fashion Hall
H&M at SM Fashion Hall

The Philippines’ first H&M store will carry the brand’s full lines for women, men, teenagers and children, including athletic wear and lingerie.
The October opening will also coincide with the launch of the brand’s Autumn/Winter 2014 collection, including the limited edition H&M Studio line, which is all about the modern-day bohemian woman, presenting playful prints, earthy colors and flowy silhouettes.

H&M AW2014
H&M AW2014
H&M AW2014

For men, Autumn 2014 mixes Parisian cool with the attitude of London and the sleekness of New York to create a wardrobe for the mod urbanite.

H&M mens AW204
H&M mens AW204
H&M mens AW204

To know more about H&M in the Philippines, go to http://www.hm.com/ph/.

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