Greenwich launches #UltimateBandkada Search

Greenwich believes the best combination for a fun time is delicious food, great music, and good friends.
Greenwich pizza toppings are also made of the best flavor combinations.
With this formula in mind, Greenwich has launched a search for the best and most creative bands that can play musical instruments and create a mash-up of different genres, like pop, rock, hip-hop and electronic dance music.

The first ever Greenwich #UltimateBandkada Search invites bands that may be composed of rappers, singers, instrumentalists, or DJs—ages 18-35 years old—to join the contest that challenges them to mash up at least two music genres in one song.
Watch Donnalyn Bartolome, DJ Stove Allen and the rest of their bandkada mash up music styles in this hit song.

Do you have what it takes? Gather your music-loving barkada and create your own mash-up for a chance to win P100,000 plus a management and recording contract with Viva Records.

How to join:
• Send a link to a 60-second video of your band’s musical performance via
• Or you can visit one of several Greenwich #UltimateBandkada audition booths that will be popping up in campuses around the Metro.
• Students and non-students can go to live auditions in these areas as well as the Greenwich main office in Ortigas, Pasig City.
• Auditions will run from March 11-21 so keep an eye out for the #UltimateBandkada booth.

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On April 23, 2015, Greenwich will announce the Top 8 bands that made the cut to compete for the title of Greenwich #UltimateBandkada.
Each band will be given lyrics to a Greenwich song which they will create music for with their chosen music genres. The contest judges will be announced soon.

For three months, the Top 8 “Bandkadas” will be trained by top musicians, artists, producers and vocal coaches from VIVA Records. These mentors will help in the preparation for the final #UltimateBandkada showdown which will be held in August.
The bands will go through an intensive Bandkada Bootcamp, during which they will develop an original Greenwich song that talks about friendship, sharing and fun while mashing up the identified major music genres. This will serve as their final piece for the competition.

The public can also keep track of the bands’ progress through the videos that will be posted on the #UltimateBandkada Web site, newspaper features and special segments on MTV Pinoy.
Everyone can also participate by voting for their favorite band from May to July.
The #UltimateBandkada winner will sign a record deal with VIVA Records, a management contract with Viva Artist Agency and a cash prize of P100,000.
The second and third placers will receive P60,000 and P40,000, respectively.
The Greenwich #UltimateBandkada Search is in partnership with Viva Records and MTV Pinoy.

To know more, go to

Spotted: Hot men on the Paris Métro

“Uhmm…I take back what I said about French men,” Grace said after finding this new Instagram account, Mecs Métro Paris, which features photos of men taken in the Parisian subway.
“You will ADORE the subway of Paris,” promises the Instagram account. It has gained nearly 55,000 followers after only two weeks on the Internet.

Personally, I’m scared of the Paris Métro. But check out the unshaven, unshowered?, I-can-hurt-you/apostolic looks of these men who know how to tie the scarf. Which begs the question: Bakit walang ganito sa Pinas???

Hot men on the Metro

Grace and I have been talking about starting our own Instagram account called “Hot AFAMs* in Manila” but have yet to spot one during the last week. One time it was raining men in Greenbelt, but lately, we haven’t seen any. Or maybe I need to get out some more.
If you’re loving the French men, the account to follow is @mecsmetroparis on Instagram.
Click HERE to see them all.

*a foreigner assigned in Manila

Lee Min Ho opens 3rd Kyochon branch in the Philippines

Lee Min Ho, we meet again.
Let me just say this: I love Lee Min Ho. Thanks to my cousin-in-law Keri Zamora, I discovered the wonders of Korean dramas via Boys Over Flowers, where Lee Min Ho plays the crushable rich spoiled brat, Gu Jun-pyo.
Since then I’ve been seeing Lee Min Ho all over Asia—for Bench

Lee Min Ho for Bench


Lee Min Ho
Lee Min Ho


lee min ho

OSIM uDiva

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Samsonite Red

Lee Min Ho


Lee Min Ho for Fila

and so much more. I have seen him a couple of times in Manila for Bench and I feel so lucky that all my encounters with him have been effortless.

Lee Min Ho

And now we meet again.
The traffic in Greenhills last Tuesday reminded me of Christmas season—except people weren’t there to shop.
We were there to get a glimpse of the most popular Korean actor probably in Asia.
The event was set for 6 PM but fans of Lee Min Ho were already at the venue as early as 10 AM.

Lee Min Ho opens KyoChon Greenhills
Lee Min Ho opens KyoChon Greenhills
Lee Min Ho opens KyoChon Greenhills

Kyochon, famous for its double-fried chicken, with over 950 branches in South Korea, recently opened its third branch in the Philippines at Greenhills Theater Mall.
We made it just in time to take our seat when popular Korean host Sam Oh and my cousin, San Juan Vice Mayor Francis Zamora, welcomed Kyochon ambassador Lee Min Ho amid screaming fans.
In fairness, I didn’t know Francis was that good onstage—showbiz na showbiz ang dating!

Sorry, my battery died.
Had no idea Lee Min Ho is almost as tall as my cousin Francis, who stands 6’5″.
According to Wikipedia, the Korean actors stands 6 feet 1 ½”. (Take a look at his shoe.)

Lee Min Ho opens KyoChon Greenhills

This is the actor’s fourth visit to the Philippines. The 28-year-old is best known for his roles in the TV dramas Boys Over Flowers, City Hunter, and The Heirs. He also stars in the upcoming movie, Gangnam 1970.

Lee Min Ho opens KyoChon Greenhills
Lee Min Ho opens KyoChon Greenhills

Love that smile

Lee Min Ho opens KyoChon Greenhills

Last year, after opening at SM Megamall, Kyochon promised it would bring Lee Min Ho to the Philippines.
During the program, fans who had won in Kyochon’s Facebook contest received signed posters from Lee Min Ho and had a photo opportunity with the actor.

Lee Min Ho opens KyoChon Greenhills
Lee Min Ho opens KyoChon Greenhills

He also signed few tables that will be placed inside Kyochon stores.

Lee Min Ho opens KyoChon Greenhills

Asked about his Kyochon favorites, Min Ho said his choice depends on his mood. He prefers spicy chicken when stressed, but normally goes for honey.
My personal favorite is the original wings. Yum!

Kyochon chicken

Min Ho urged Filipinos to try Kyochon’s Soonsal series, which are chicken strips coated in special rice batter and served with three sauces.
Kyochon chicken is fried twice, making the skin crunchier and the meat less greasy. It is known for its thin batter and double frying method that removes excess oil.
Kyochon is now open at Greenhills Theater Mall, SM Megamall, SM City Fairview and soon at Eastwood Citywalk.

Lee Min Ho opens KyoChon Greenhills

To know more about Kyochon, click HERE.
(Photos: Daniel Tan)

Watch all episodes of House of Cards, Season 3 on February 28!

If you love House of Cards, February 28, 2015 is your day.
On a Saturday, beginning 4 PM, stay home because RTL CBS Asia Entertainment HD will air the latest 13 chapters (episodes) of its third season.
After the weekend watchathon, the series will air weekly every Wednesday at 9:55pm beginning March 4, 2015.

House of Cards

“As a TV network, we have taken a bold and unique step to air the complete series in the same way as it premieres in the US,” said Jonas Engwall, CEO, RTL CBS Asia Entertainment Network. “We believe this will curb alternative and illegal sources for the series that historically have been used.”

“We are extremely happy to be able to bring all 13 chapters (episodes) of the latest season of House of Cards to audiences in the region on the same day the series is released in the US,” said Jennifer Batty, EVP Programming, RTL CBS Asia Entertainment Network. “This shows our commitment to bringing programs as close to their original release dates as possible.”

House of Cards stars Kevin Spacey as President Francis Underwood in a one-hour political drama series that goes behind the curtain of power, sex, ambition, love, greed and corruption in modern Washington D.C.
Francis and his equally ambitious wife Claire, played by Robin Wright, stop at nothing to ensure their hold on power.

House of Cards

Developed and produced by Beau Willimon (The Ides of March), House of Cards has earned several accolades including Kevin Spacey’s most recent Golden Globe award for Best Actor in a Television Drama, Robin Wright’s Golden Globe award for Best Actress in a Television Drama, as well as Emmy Awards for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series, Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series, and Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series.
It was also honored as one of the American Film Institute’s TV Programs of the Year for 2013.

Top 6 Best Dressed at the Oscars 2015

Don’t hold your breath. I am extremely hard to please when it comes to fashion.
I look forward to the Oscars each year and try to wake up early to watch the Red Carpet arrivals.
After spending a couple of hours looking at everyone’s attire online, here’s my Best Dressed List for the Oscars 2015, in no particular order.

The given: Cate Blanchett in Margiela. Because I’ve never seen Cate Blanchett get it wrong. She’s kind of perfect.

Cate Blanchett in Margiela

Pretty in pink: Vogue Editor Anna Wintour looks youthful with the perfect hair and the dress

Anna Wintour

Keira Knightley in Valentino. Because it’s hard to be gorgeous and pregnant at the same time, and we’re so over the skin-tight, show-off-your-baby-bump pregnant look.

Keira Knightley in Valentino

I’m not a fan of Lady Gaga, but I really love her in Alaïa—red rubber gloves included.
Bit of trivia: One of my teachers at Parsons scolded me back in the ’90s for designing dresses worn with potholders.
I so get this look.

gaga in alaia

Juman Malouf. Wes Anderson’s partner reminds me of Mich Dulce with the hair, the glasses, the vintage-looking bag, and the dress that looks thrifted.

Juman Malouf

Finally, I’m not a huge fan of Adam Levine, but I am now. I love that he’s wearing a prom look to the Oscars, with the pomade hair, the rolled-up sleeves, and the tattoos. I lovett.

Adam Levine

To sum it up:
Simple jewellery.
Simple hair.
No cleavage.
Minimal accessories.

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