Alaska Football Cup: A commitment to sports and nutrition

More than 20 years ago, Wilfred Steven Uytengsu and his wife Kerri were looking for a football tournament where their son Sean could compete in.
Uytengsu, president and chief executive officer of Alaska Milk Corp., thought that if they couldn’t find a tournament for Sean, perhaps the company could sponsor one and, in the process, help other kids.
Alaska, already a basketball supporter with a team in the PBA, teamed up with former Real Madrid player and Alabang Football School and Makati Football School founder and director Tomas Lozano to create the Alaska Football Cup.

Richard Bachman, Alaska CEO & President Wilfred Uytengsu, and Tomas Lozano
L-R: Alaska team manager Richard Bachman, Alaska CEO & President Wilfred Uytengsu, Tomas Lozano

Twenty years later, the Alaska Football Cup for youth, ages 7-17 is the longest running football grassroots development program in the country. Among the former Alaska Football Cup players who have excelled in the sport are Chieffy Caligdong and Aly Borromeo.

“I didn’t think we would go beyond three years. It’s really a testament to the partnership and perseverance of Tomas. I’m very happy that we were given the chance to help others, especially kids, to have other options besides basketball where they can excel at,” Uytengsu said during the opening of the 20th edition of the Alaska Football Cup at Alabang Country Club.

“We didn’t think we would grow like this or make it to 20 years,” said Blen Fernando, vice president for marketing at Alaska. “We don’t come here as a business helping the sport. It’s more the sport helping the business,” she added.

Opening kick by the Alaska Team led by President and CE Fred Uytengsu to officially open the 20th Alaska Football Cup
Opening kick by the Alaska Team led by President and CEO Fred Uytengsu to officially open the 20th Alaska Football Cup

Through its youth sports development programs, Alaska does its part for nation building by helping nourish children so they can be champions in their fields of interest and life in general. By engaging the youth in sports, Alaska helps instill the values of determination, hard work, teamwork, discipline and sportsmanship.


Alaska’s youth sports development programs such as the Alaska Football Cup helps develop champions by promoting the values of determination, hard work, team work, discipline and sportsmanship.

Alaska Milk is perfect for children and adults because it provides long-term benefits that can be maximized when complemented with a healthy diet and exercise, sports and physical activity.

Alaska 20th Football Cup delegates line up for their Alaska milk

Last weekend’s event had 410 teams and a 6,150 players.
When the cup started 20 years ago at the same venue, there were 25 teams and 250 players.
Through the three-day tournament, there were 800 seven-a-side games played in 29 football fields, officiated by over 168 game officials.
Competing teams represented schools and football clubs from Masbate, Baguio, Negros Occidental, Cebu, Davao, Palawan, Legaspi, Laguna, Batangas, Bukidnon, Zambales, Pampanga, Tarlac, Ilocos, Bicol, Romblon, Davao Sur, Compostela Valley, Quezon, Cavite, Albay, Pangasinan, Bacolod, Iloilo, Mindoro and Metro Manila.

alaska football

Fernando attributes the success of the tournament to the professionalism of the organizers.
“There were a lot of adjustments along the way. Tomas had to adjust to the way we wanted things done. He is very passionate about the sport,” said Fernando.

For the first time in its history, Alaska Football Cup gave the opportunity to four teams consisting of people with disabilities to compete in the tournament.
This shows how the tournament has grown in 20 years and how its success is measured not by the accolades it receives but in the enthusiasm of its participants.
“The Alaska Football Cup has reinforced our commitment to use sports and nutrition. These are very important aspects as we want to give kids an opportunity to embrace a healthy lifestyle,” said Uytengsu.

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@chuvafinds: Adora gift guide 2015

Less than one week before Christmas! I wish I could say I was done gift-shopping, but the hardest people to give gifts to would be certain members of my family. I am not yet done!
Last week I dropped by Adora at Greenbelt 5 to look for gifts for people who have everything.
Here’s what we loved:

1) The camouflage Valentino sneakers (Php 42,800)
It’s great how Valentino became relevant again with its new styles. Though I’m not one to wear the rockstud collection, I do love the colorful camouflage sneakers on men and women, and Adora has them.

Valentino sneakers

2) Stella McCartney shoes (about Php 57,000)
Didn’t know Adora had these! Stella McCarney’s black Britt platform shoes have been on my wish list for some time now. I always look for them when I travel, and they never have it in my size and color.
Couldn’t believe my eyes (and luck) when Adora had it in stock! So yay!! Mine.

Stella McCartney Britt platform shoes

Stella McCartney shoes


3) Pedro Garcia Parson Satin Sneakers (Php 22,800)
Not your typical sneakers. Love the Spanish-made sneakers with the frayed edges and exaggerated laces. Because I like unfinished and comfy looks.

Pedro Garcia shoes

4) Pretty Ballerinas Gwyneth flats (Php 11,800)
Made in Spain, the shoes have been manufactured by the same family in Menorca since 1918. Each shoe style is named after a female screen or music icon, such as the Gwyneth flats, which any girly girl would love.
Fans of Pretty Ballerinas include Angelina Jolie and Olivia Palermo.


5) Alexander McQueen bags (about Php 83,000)
McQueen may be gone, but his name lives on. There’s a whole range at Adora’s new handbag department. I love the simple, boxy shapes.

Alexander McQueen bags

6) Penhaligon’s
For the gentleman who has everything, Adora carries the British perfumer brand Penhaligon’s. They have candles and gift sets for gentlemen, including talcum powder and deodorant. Their packaging says it all.


7) Perfumes and candles by Maison Francis Kurkdjian
Francis Kurkdjian is a French contemporary perfumer and winner of the Prix François Coty in 2001.
Adora carries a range of products and gift items by the fragrance house and everything about it smells like luxury.


Find them at Adora, 2nd level, Greenbelt 5, Makati City.
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Hershey’s Kisses Deluxe: Perfect gifts for the season

Two things I love: milk chocolate and great packaging.
Hershey’s Kisses happens to have both. I love the cute shape of Herhey’s Kisses with the foil wrapper and the delicate strip of paper.

Hershey's Kisses

My favorite memory of Hershey’s Kisses would be Halloween 2010. I found rare black Hershey’s Kisses at the supermarket. I had never seen those before so I bought a bag. Then my friend Grace and I went to Sugi, Greenbelt 5, for dinner and sat at the mezzanine. Down below we saw a cute (gay) guy we had never seen before. Just for fun we threw him a black Hershey’s kiss and ducked. Unfortunately it hit a waiter instead.

Hershey's Kisses

Hershey’s Kisses have always been a symbol of thoughtfulness. Bite-sized and melt-in-your-mouth, it’s just the right gift for people you love and care for.
Now Hershey’s has created a kiss that’s twice the size of the Original Hershey’s Kiss.
Hershey’s Kisses Deluxe is layered with rich, milk chocolate, delicate rice crisps, and a velvety smooth chocolate interior. At the center of it is a whole roasted hazelnut.

Hershey's Kisses Deluxe

Hershey's Kisses Deluxe

To celebrate its Philippine launch, Hershey’s Kisses Deluxe teamed up with photographer Jake Verzosa to capture some of Manila’s celebrated personalities in black-and-white photographs. A gold brush kiss mark narrated the brand’s story.
The exhibit, which was open to the public at Bonifacio Global City High Street last November 26, featured Georgina Wilson, one of the most sought-after celebrities of her generation. She is the first Filipino host of Asia’s Next Top Model. She has co-authored a book (“Besties”) and owns an eyewear brand called Sunnies Studios.

Georgina Wilson

Cecile van Straten of is one of the country’s most popular lifestyle bloggers, enjoying over 30,000 hits a day on her site. Cecile is known for always speaking her mind and her opinions are always anticipated and valued.

Cecile van Straten

Laureen Uy of provides fashion inspiration to her generation. She comes from a family of stylish siblings who are also known in the fashion industry.

Laureen Uy

Rex Atienza is a top stylist and the star of E!’s reality show StyleList, Inc. He has a big personality and shares it in an equally big way.

Rex Atienza

Football player Anton Del Rosario is a softie at heart. He takes care of his loved ones and believes that sharing Hershey’s Kisses Deluxe is a genuine way of expressing love.

Anton Del Rosario 2

What these five personalities have in common is how they celebrate life’s huge victories and festivities. One of those ways is showing love and affection by sharing Hershey’s Kisses Deluxe chocolates.
Hershey’s Kisses Deluxe is now available in major supermarkets nationwide.

Hershey's Kisses Deluxe

Samsung Gear S2: Gets better with every turn

If you know me well, you’d know that I never leave home without my two Samsung phones.
But there are times when I don’t want to keep watching my phone, such as when I’m in a meeting or social event, or doing serious shopping abroad.
That’s when the Samsung Gear S2 comes in handy. Just pair it with your Samsung smartphone and wear it on your wrist. Even if your phone is in your bag, you won’t get paranoid that you’re missing an important call or message from your family or contacts.

The Gear S2 instantly and effectively tracks the users heart rate

I recently joined Samsung when they launched their new smartwatch along with members of the media, influencers, celebrities and guests at the SM Mall of Asia.
It was a full house indeed at the tent set up by the mall’s globe rotunda.

Full house at the Launch of the Galaxy Studio and Gear S2

Full house at the launch of the Galaxy Studio and Gear S2 Launch

L-R: Phoemela Barranda, CJ Jaravata, Kirby Gonzaga, Bubbles Paraiso, Nix Alanon, Rajo Laurel Kelly Misa

Phoemela Barranda, CJ Jaravata, Kirby Gonzaga, Bubbles Paraiso, Nix Alanon, Kelly Misa

To enrich the Gear S2 experience, Samsung partnered with Crossfit MNL, Volkswagen, and Marilou Co Jewelry

To enrich the Gear S2 experience, Samsung partnered with  Crossfit MNL, Volkswagen, and Marilou Co Jewelry

After the program we were led to the globe rotunda to watch a giant LED presentation demonstrating the features of Samsung Gear S2.

SM MOA Globe lights up with Gear S2 watchface

Then Volkswagen cars transported guests to the main mall where they opened the Samsung Galaxy Studio. Here we were able to see Samsung’s latest gadgets in one space.
Kelsey Merrit strikes a pose in front of a wall displaying the variety of watch faces you can customize the Samsung Gear S2.

Model Kelsey Merrit strikes a pose in front of a wall displaying the variety of watch faces you can customize the Gear S2

Victor Basa takes a shot with Andi Manzano, Xander Angeles, CJ Jaravata, and Phoemela Barranda.

Together with Andi Manzano, Xander Angeles, CJ Jaravata, and Phoemela Barranda, Victor Basa takes a groufie with his Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+


Beautiful people captured by a beautiful smartphone

During the event, Samsung introduced its ambassadors and partnerships for the Gear S2. The brand ambassadors were fashion designer Francis Libiran, photographer BJ Pascual, fashion blogger Ingrid Chua, international model Kelsey Merritt, DJ Andi Manzano, top lifestyle bloggers Cecile Zamora van Straten and Kelly Misa,triathlete Victor Basa,fashion photographer Xander Angeles, and club DJ and model Callum David.

Joining the Samsung Gear S2 ambassadors were Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ brand ambassador Liz Uy as well as Rajo Laurel, Bubbles Paraiso, Victor Silayan, and Carla Humphries.

Samsung Gear S2 influencers officially open the Galaxy Studio booth located in SM MOA Cyberzone (1)

Samsung also unveiled the smartwatch with the most expensive strap created by jeweler Marilou Co of Marilou Jewellery. The P20-million strap had VVS diamonds hand-set on genuine black calfskin leather supported by an 18K platinum white gold lockset.

Guests were also given a preview of Gear S2’s technology currently in development. On display was a Limited Edition Volkswagen Beetle 1.4L Turbo connected to the Gear S2. Through a third-party app, users were able to lock and unlock the vehicle from his or her Gear S2. (Note that this is not a Volkswagen feature created by a third party developer and demonstrated only for the Samsung event.)

Samsung representatives with Volkswagen partners

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