Dove celebrates fathers in touching new video

With Father’s Day just around the corner, I can’t help but think of my own Dad and how I have to stop myself from bugging him all the time.
My earliest memory of my dad was when I was 3 or 4 years old, joining the maids in cleaning the house.
I had my own basahan (rag) and would wipe this dark table in our living room, only to have the dust fall on it again.
One morning my dad was off to work and saw me cleaning. Amused, he smiled and stopped to pat my head and give me 25 centavos.
I had the biggest smile on my face. Little did he know it would be the first of many times to give me money :)

For Father’s Day, Dove Men+Care has released a touching short video that shows the many ways dads care for their children.
Entitled Calls For Dad, the film features real moments that children of all ages share with their fathers—most of which are regrettably absent from media depictions of dads today.

Dove Men+Care is asking dads and their families to submit #RealDadMoments @DovePH on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, which will be heralded on to celebrate moments of dads’ care.

adidas Originals releases Battle Pack to celebrate 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™

Inspired by adidas’ ‘#allIn or Nothing’ campaign, adidas Originals presents its Battle Pack, consisting of five iconic silhouettes in bold war-paint patterns. Each shoe is rendered in black and white with fire gold accents to represent the tournament trophy.

The Stan Smith (PHP5,195)
Adidas Originals

Rivalry Hi (PHP5,995)
Adidas Originals

Samba Super (PHP4,395)
Adidas Originals

Superstar 80s (PHP5,195)
Adidas Originals

and ZX 5000 RSPN (PHP5,595)
Adidas Originals

It’s a fitting tribute to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ tournament.
The Originals Battle Pack shoes are available at leading adidas and Urban Athletics stores, while the ZX 5000 RSPN Battle Pack can be found at Sole Academy stores.
Or buy them online at

Join @chuvaness back-to-school giveaway

Sorry for the long absence, but time flies when you’re a mom.
We have a virus at home. Christian got better yesterday and went to school today, while Markus still has a 39° fever and is missing school again tomorrow.
Meanwhile, I have so much stuff to give away. I do apologise to all the people who gave prizes eons ago. I’m on it!!
Today I put together five train cases filled with goodies from National Bookstore, my happy place.

Back to school giveaway

The PVC train cases are made in Korea and come with a shoulder strap. I love this bag.

Jeroen and I at Globe Tatt Awards

Here’s what’s inside:

Back to school giveaway

1) National Bookstore’s Budget Bundle with pens and paper in a handy envelope
2) Total Girl’s cute school planner
3) Britto notebook
4) Campus BDJ planner with lots of discount coupons
5) Friends Fries notebook (thought it was funny)
6) My favourite Post-It pop-up dispenser
7) Dollar pen case
8) Post-It pop-up refill pack


1) You must have a Philippine address.
2) Share this entry through Twitter or Facebook by clicking the buttons at the bottom of this post.
3) Register HERE.
4) Contest runs until 11 PM of June 13, 2014, Friday.
5) Five winners will be chosen electronically via and informed via email or text. Depending on location and convenience, prizes will either be couriered, delivered, or picked up by/to the winners.
6) Winners’ names will also be posted on

Lance Raymundo reveals face after the accident

(Warning: graphic photos)

When I was young I used to love Montgomery Clift. I watched all his movies, collected his photos and read everything I could about him—all this before Internet and Google were invented.
I watched him on VHS tapes and bought biographies when I could physically find them in a bookstore.
The photos my dad bought in Japan when he traveled, like this one.

Montgomery Clift

Four times nominated for Best Actor in the Academy Awards for The Search (1948), A Place in the Sun (1951), From Here to Eternity (1953), and Judgment at Nuremberg (1961), Montgomery Clift was at the height of his career in 1956 when his car smashed into a telephone pole and destroyed his face.
He suffered a broken jaw and nose, a fractured sinus, and several facial lacerations which required plastic surgery (wiki).
Sadly his looks were gone.

Montgomery Clift and Lee Remick

There is nothing scarier than losing one’s face—literally and figuratively.
Last March 19, 2014, my nephew, indie actor Lance Raymundo met a serious accident at the gym when his trainer dropped an 80-lb. barbell on his face.
Lance felt the most intense pain. Blood covered his eyes but he could hear his trainer crying in Tagalog, “I’m so sorry, I have killed you!”

At that moment Lance had the following thoughts:
1) He forgave his trainer. “It’s not your fault,” he immediately told him. “Just take me to the hospital.”
2) He must not fall asleep and kept his mind occupied to keep it alert.
3) He must not die because his brother will kill the trainer.
4) He thought of his parents. He cannot die.

This was Lance before the accident:

Lance Raymundo
Lance Raymundo

And a few hours later, when he was “cleaned up” at the hospital.

Lance Raymundo
Lance Raymundo

Right after the accident, he managed to call his mom, Nina Raymundo, who rushed to the hospital.
“Mom, I’m gonna need a nosejob,” he told her.
The first day was critical. After emergency surgery when they thought he was sleeping, he heard his doctor tell his mom that he could die.
On March 20, the day after the accident, he began to regain full consciousness.
“I realized the gravity of my situation. I was half blind, the small crack on my skull made me vulnerable to meningitis and seizures. Through my one functional eye, I took a good look at the mirror and didn’t recognize my own face because it was disfigured. I thought I looked like Voldemort—only Voldemort looked better,” Lance said.

Voldemort and Lance

“But for some reason, instead of feeling angry, depressed or negative, I just took another look at the new me.
I smiled back at my reflection and thanked God I was still alive. I had personal a moment with God and asked Him to guide me in planning how to live an effective and meaningful life with my current situation. I also found it within me to completely and sincerely forgive the fitness trainer who accidentally dropped the barbell on my face and prayed for his peace of mind.
I must have fallen asleep, but at approximately 5:45 PM, I heard a voice within my head saying, ‘Your suffering will only last for 6 days because on the 7th day, everything will be restored.’
A day after, my swelling subsided. The doctor scheduled my surgery on March 25th and on March 26—SEVEN days after the accident, I woke up, opened my eyes, and realized that both eyes were working and my vision was restored.
The neurosurgeons informed my family that my brain was cleared from danger. I asked Mom for a mirror, and when I looked, it was me again! His Promise, fulfilled!”

Lance Raymundo

A second surgery followed after a month, led by Dr. Michael Porquez of Cardinal Santos hospital

Lance Raymundo

It looks promising

Lance Raymundo
Lance Raymundo

Less than three months after the accident, Lance and his family decided to celebrate his birthday with a thanksgiving dinner at Gloria Maris, Greenhills, with about 100 friends, family and media.
Last night, we finally got to see him again.
He likes his face. He looks slightly younger. No more eyebags, with a slightly turned up nose. Because hey, why not??

Lance Raymundo

The result is amazing. The accident is slightly obvious, but it will still improve as it continues to heal within six months to a year.

Lance Raymundo

But what’s more amazing to me—more than Lance’s speedy recovery and faith—is his ability to forgive the one who has wronged him.
“His first instinct was to forgive,” our cousin Ana Coscolluela told me last night. “That really means he’s a good person.
I agreed.

Lance Raymundo

Ana Coscolluela (R) with our beloved auntie, Nina Raymundo—Lance’s mom.

Read about Lance Raymundo’s accident HERE.

HOTDOG Together Again for Tacloban on June 17

HOTDOG’s Rene and Dennis Garcia, Gina Montes, Jess Garcia (the original kilabot ng collegiala during the ’70s), Maso Diez, Rita Trinidad and Joy Reyes are reuniting to support the rehabilitation efforts for Tacloban on June 17, 2014, 8:30 PM at the newly renovated Ballroom of Dusit Thani Hotel, Makati.


At the height of their popularity in the ’70s, HOTDOG initiated the first ever provincial entertainment road tour with Pepsi Cola and their first stop was Tacloban City. The group was well-received by the “Warays” and that being the first stop of this milestone tour, Tacloban City remains very dear to HOTDOG.
The concert fundraiser—HOTDOG Together Again for Ayad Tacloban—will be a showcase of original Hotdog hits from the ’70s and ’80s including Manila, Annie Batungbakal, Parang Robot, Miss Universe Ng Buhay Ko, Panaginip, Langit Na Naman, as well as compositions that have not been heard before.

Supporting this cause are W.L. Foods, Dusit Thani Hotel, Smart, Samsung, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Philippine Star, Purefoods Tender Juicy, Crossover 105.1, Mellow 94.7, The Zen Institute, Federal Land, Petron Blaze, Skinfiniti, Hammerhead, Power V, Creative Minds, Rotary Club Southeast, Don Papa Rum, and
For tickets and inquiries, call (0921)293-1784 • 583-6782 • 893-7349.

Kung ako ay binaha, binagyo
Ako ba ay tutulungan mo?
Kung liparin ang bubong sa ulo
Ako ba’y papayungan mo?

Tacloban… babangon sa tulong mo
Tacloban… umaasa nang husto
Tacloban… laking salamat sa iyo
Kung brownout itong paligid ko

(Does it worry you to be alone?)
Sa dilim ba’y aalalayan mo ako?
(Are you sad because you’re on your own?)

Tacloban… babangon sa tulong mo
Tacloban… umaasa nang husto
Tacloban… laking salamat sa iyo

Do you need anybody
Ikaw ang kailangan
Could it be anybody?
Pag-asa ka ng Tacloban
Kung ang tiyan ko ay biglang kumulo
Di ka ba mawawala, lalayo
Okay lang bang ako’y pakainin mo?
Kahit medyo matakaw ako

Tacloban… babangon sa tulong mo
Tacloban… umaasa nang husto
Tacloban… laking salamat sa iyo

Do you need anybody
Ikaw ang kailangan
Could it be anybody?
Pag-asa ka ng Tacloban

Tacloban… babangon sa tulong mo
Tacloban… umaasa nang husto
Tacloban… laking salamat sa iyo

Goodbye Mandarin Oriental Manila, hello new location

So the rumours are true: the Mandarin Oriental, Manila on Makati Avenue is about to close later this year.
While the Mandarin Oriental, Manila has played an important role in the business and tourism market since 1976, the property’s infrastructure and existing facilities are no longer in keeping with the brand’s well-recognized, luxury hospitality offering.

Mandarin Oriental - Manila

But worry not—a new Mandarin Oriental, Manila, is scheduled to open in 2020.
To be developed by Ayalaland Hotels & Resorts, the new luxury 275-room hotel will be part of a mixed-use development branded and managed by the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group.

The new Mandarin Oriental, Manila will feature spacious rooms and a range of elegant and contemporary facilities, including a variety of restaurants and a signature spa. More information will be released as soon as details are confirmed.

“Mandarin Oriental, Manila has been recognized as one of the city’s most iconic hotels since its opening in 1976, and the Group wishes to express its sincere appreciation to all colleagues for their legendary service and support over the years. All hotel colleagues have been informed of the forthcoming closure and will receive full and fair severance payment and appropriate professional guidance,” said Torsten van Dullemen, General Manager of the hotel.

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