Monday, November 9, 2015

Villa del Conte Praline Ball

Chocolates are truly a delightful indulgence enjoyed by many around the world. Everyone has their favorite chocolate confection, but many do not know the history of this luscious, sweet temptation. This well-loved treat actually dates back three or even four millennia ago in a Pre-Columbian Mexico setting. And according to Pace University, it all started with a fermented drink by the Mayans and Aztecs called Xocoatl from the beans of the cocoa tree.

The Aztecs found it to be an invigorating drink and aphrodisiac. Some even believed that every cacao bean comes with mystical and spiritual qualities, and these qualities made the drink reserved for rulers, warriors and nobles.

In the 1500s, the chocolate’s symbolism of wealth and power continued in Europe, when the Spanish conquistadors returned home with cacao instead of gold and silver. Soon it became a royal favorite in Europe and was still served as a beverage, only combined with sugar to counter its bitterness.

Three centuries after, the first chocolate mold was introduced in England, but did not instantly become popular because of its bitter taste. It wasn’t until a renowned Swiss chocolatier named Daniel Peter, experimented with various flavors and ingredients was the strong taste of cacao balanced. After several tries, a chocolate with a rich texture and sweet taste was finally achieved by combining cacao with one of their most abundant products at that time—milk.

This marked the creation of chocolates as we know today. Its popularity has spurred a rising number of chocolate artisans from various parts of the world to incorporate their own traditions and secret recipes in creating their signature takes on chocolates.

One chocolatier from a small, idyllic town nestled in the heart of Padova, Italy called Villa del Conte stood out because of his exceptional recipe—Nazzareno Cattapan. Eventually, his exceptional recipe was bestowed to following generations, and preserving this legacy today is the third-generation chocolate connoisseur, Enrico Nazzareno. Using only handpicked cacao beans, shaped by a unique process, one can easily notice and taste the masterpiece of authentic Italian tradition.
From Italy, these artisanal chocolates reached the beautiful archipelago of the Philippines; and today, you can blissfully indulge in their luscious creations, including Praline Balls, Praline Sticks, Ovicinis, Domes, Truffles, and Neapolitans.

Visit Villa Del Conte stores at Shangri-La Plaza Mall, SM Megamall, Greenbelt 5, Alabang Town Center, Robinsons Magnolia, or Resorts World Manila.

For bulk orders of Villa del Conte chocolates, please contact 893-2575 or 621-6101.

To know more about Villa del Conte, go to
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Monday, October 12, 2015

Maine Mendoza aka Yaya Dub with 555 Sardines
555 Fried Sardines recently held a cooking showdown that encourages to “Make Your Barangay Proud” in chosen Barangays from Pampanga, Pangasinan and Quezon.

Participants featured their entries using 555 Fried Sardines as main ingredient in vying for the top spots per Leg.

555 Fried Sardines variants

Filipinos are known to cook from the heart which shows why we love sharing meals with family as well as friends and 555 Fried sardines was able to highlight this culture through the Fried ng Barangay Cooking Showdown organized by Century Pacific Food Inc. and 88ville Productions.

Using 555 Fried sardines variants such as Tausi, Hot and Spicy, Bistek, and Escabeche, participants were encouraged to come up with dishes that are not just nutritional but delicious as well.

To further engage the whole Barangay, samples of the product were tasted as they enjoyed the event through various games and raffles.

From the hundreds of entries submitted, Top 10 entries were chosen to participate in the actual demo which was furthered down to the Top 5 per Town who received the honors.

Veggie Spicy Cordon Bleu Sardines

Inspiration is the key 
Ms. Elsa Dela Cruz, Grand Winner from Brgy. Buenlag, Calasiao Pangasinan took influence from Filipinos’s love for noodles, thus her winning entry Egg noodles with 555Fried Sardines
While Mr. Larry Quinto, Grand winner from Brgy. Sindalan, San Fernando City enthuses that he draws his inspiration in creating his winning entry- 555 Fried Sardines Lumpiang Sariwa from his family. Serving healthy food to his loved ones is his top most priority.

Maricel Quezada took the top place for the Quezon leg with Veggie Spicy Cordon Bleau Sardines drawn from her family’s love for vegetables.

555 Sardines Fried Sardines Lumpiang Sariwa

555 Fried ng Barangay Cooking Showdown plans to visit other towns in the months to come.

Feel free to come up with your own sardine recipes and make your own creative fusion using 555 Fried sardines and who knows your recipe might be the next highlight.

Incidentally, 555 Sardines recently signed up Maine Mendoza aka Yaya Dub as their newest endorser singing to the tune of Sana dalawa ang Puso ko.

Facts about Sardines
Sardines may have been relegated as poor man’s staple as poverty rate rises in the Metro, but did you
know that sardines can actually sustain every man’s vitamins and mineral requirements?

Sardines supports your cardiovascular health as it is rich in Omega 3 fatty acids EPA and DHA, which have been researched to lower triglycerides and cholesterol levels. Moreover, sardines also contains Vitamin B12 which can prevent hardening of arteries.

Sardines contains high level of Vitamin D that is optimal in bone building. Vitamin D helps in absorption of Calcium hence it plays an essential part in your bone health. Sardines also contains phosphorus, a mineral that is important in strengthening your bone matrix.

Sardines are also rich in Protein which is the basis of muscles and connective tissues. Protein provides us with Amino Acids that acts as antibodies that keep our immune system strong.

555 Fried sardines are available in supermarkets and Sari-Sari stores near you.


Monday, July 27, 2015

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Lemon Meringue.
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Baby Squid

Baked Scallops

Bangus Ala Pobre

Crispy Plapla

On May 9 it's Mother’s Day!

And what better way to celebrate the occasion than to be with Mom and the rest of the family at Gerry’s.

Why so?

We know a mother is the “Queen of Kitchen”. She was born to rule it. Day and night a mother spends long hours in her ‘mini-kingdom’ cooking up nothing but the best meals for her family.

Moms would stop at nothing to make sure her beloved - hubby and children - enjoy their time together at the dining table. No other gathering can be more heartfelt than being together, feasting over mom’s signature dishes – which are incomparable.

Now that’s the huge challenge there.  How do you make someone, who in her life has done nothing but whip up the best dishes for her family, happy?

Here’s an idea. On Mother’s Day why don’t we turn the tables around and do a role reversal? Let’s cook up something for our Moms and treat her like royalty.

Now that may sound a tall order, but Gerry’s promises to help you play the role.  There is no way that you can beat Mom’s “lutong bahay” but you can always do the best you could – by choosing to be at the leading Filipino restaurant.

Gerry’s has a vast selection of dishes that Mothers would definitely love. Aside from classics Crispy Pata, Kare-Kare and Sinigang na Hipon, there's Scallops, Baby Squid, Crispy Pla-Pla and Bangus a la Pobre. Gerry’s is a family place so we know what everyone – dads, moms and their children – would enjoy. Our sumptuous meals are perfect for Mother’s Day even for simple gatherings like weekend lunches,” said Francis Villaluz, Gerry’s Group Marketing Manager.
If you go inside the kitchen of Gerry’s, you would be glad to know that a lot of the much-loved restaurant’s chefs are women, according to Villaluz. “Our menus are prepared with so much heart. That’s why our dishes still top a lot of ‘best-of’ lists.”

Whatever the occasion may be especially those, which are as most celebrated and anticipated as Mother’s Day, Gerry’s continue to be a destination of choice.

No need to try hard topping Mom’s dishes – because they will remain unbeaten.

But you can bring her to Gerry’s because she knows that’s what her family loves. And loving her family is on top of anyone’s Moms’ list!

Don’t forget the flowers.

Enjoy Gerry's in 71 branches nationwide or call 332-1111 or visit for more information.


Monday, April 27, 2015

Cheers!!! I love my own glass having my name on it. Yey! 👏 My personal favorite is the Urban Bockstein Kabinett 2013. It has elderflower and lily on the nose, white fruitss flavours, succulent acidity and silky textures! #sturbanshof
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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Yummy dessert that Comida Chefs has! More details on Comida Chefs – Your Foods-To-Go, Cooks On-The-Go & Kitchen On-The-Go.

Comida Chefs
2nd Floor, 111-A Kamias Road
Quezon City, Philippines


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

My kind of afternoon - sunset, wine and a nice view. 👌

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Who says I'm on a diet? Lol. #CarmensBest #MaltedMilk

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Saturday, March 21, 2015

This will keeps me awake while I am catching up with my backlogs! ;)

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

 McVitie’s Digestive

An active workout can be challenging, from running it all out on the road, hitting gym exercises, dancing in an aero class, or doing martial arts training. Watching the food we take may be tougher because there are temptations in munching on unhealthy yet delicious cravings, especially the snacks we want to take in between meals. It’s a bit hard to find the perfect healthy snack for your active and healthy lifestyle.

Luckily for us, more than 120 years ago, the U.K.’s favorite tea time snack was launched, and now we enjoy the benefits of having a healthy biscuit with McVitie’s Digestives. Compared to other biscuit snacks, McVitie’s has fewer calories and less fructose corn syrup. It also has no artificial ingredients, zero cholesterol, and transfats.  With each fiber-rich bite out of each digestive biscuit, our tummies can enjoy a more proper digestion that leads to better health.

McVitie’s Digestives can be enjoyed always on the go especially by those who are always at their feet on the field, going to different meetings through the day, and those stricken with wanderlust especially during weekends. This healthy snack can also be shared with friends at work, family members at home, or even with recently estranged travel buddies on the road.

Everyone will definitely enjoy McVitie’s Digestives, especially with its variants suited to fit different discerning taste buds. McVitie’s Original Digestives has the right blend of mild savory flavor that can be paired with different hot or cold drinks. McVitie’s Whole Wheat Digestives, on the other hand, with its higher fiber content offers a healthier option especially to health buffs.

McVitie’s had those with a sweet tooth in mind when they came out with Milk Chocolate Digestives. For those who enjoy a more bitter side of chocolate, Dark Chocolate Digestives answer the cravings of chocolate lovers. The kids will also enjoy this McVitie’s Kids variant with its flavor and appearance as it takes the shape of their favorite cartoon characters.

Healthy eating often does not always mean an enjoyable delightful dish.  But with McVitie’s Digestives, you can have both the healthy stuff for the tummy and the sweet stuff for your cravings. Best of all, you can share all of these with those who are really close to you.

For more about McVitie’s Digestives, visit or “Like” them on Facebook, Distributed in the Philippines by Delfi Marketing Inc., McVitie’s is available nationwide in leading supermarkets.


Sunday, March 15, 2015

@flavoursph's "Mom's Mèchado" is a must try, its a traditional Filipino-style with a twist plus meat is so tender!

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Home-made #Nachos!

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Thank you so much @villadelconte for the sweet surprise and #birthday pressie!!! Super like it and very much appreciated. 😂❤

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Friday, February 27, 2015

Afternoon snack at #tokyobubbleteaph. Their Japanese Green Tea is way better than #starbucks. #vscocam

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Fisher Farms

Love is a gift and what we do to our life is our choice. But life is a precious gift from up above that’s why taking care of it is a must. By achieving a healthy lifestyle and eating healthy foods are some of the factors to be considered to live our life to the fullest. With that said, that’s how Fisher Farms addressed our daily needs without having or living us a guilt afterwards.

Now, you can indulge yourself with non-fat foods and share it with your friends and loved ones.  A superb way of bringing fish to the dinner table is with Fisher Farms’ Gourmet Baked Rellenong Bangus. This tasty treat is made with a whole bangus that has been prepared with utmost care to keep its freshness and sweet flavor and will surely delight the whole family.

Fisher Farms’ Gourmet Baked Rellenong Bangus was specially concocted by renowned celebrity chef Reggie Aspiras, assuring homemakers of a choice product that is fit to be served in any fine dining establishment. It comes in three sizes to suit your needs: 800 grams, 1.1 kilos, and 1.3 kilos. A whole fish could easily feed a party of 12 diners, depending on the size of relleno you choose. The whole bangus is stuffed with a savory filling of fish, sweet potato, bangus belly and shrimp.

Fisher Farms grows its milkfish in the pristine seawaters of Pangasinan in fish cages for a sweeter, more flavorful, firmer and cleaner fish. Only high protein feeds are given to farmed fish to produce high-quality fish meat. In addition to that, here are other Fisher Farms’ products that will surely suits your taste and yet healthy.

Bangus Lemon Butter 482g
 2-4 servings
 Available in: S&R
 Suggested Retail Price: P249.95
 1 pc of cooked belly inside
 Microwaveable
 Exported to US (Seafood City), Middle East; certified halal
 Gluten-free

Fish Hungarian Sausage 310g
 4 pcs per pack
 Available in: Alabang Supermarket Corporation, Cherry Foodarama, Landmark,
Crossing Smkt, Daily Supermarket, Metro Gaisano, Pioneer Centre, Puregold Duty Free
Subic, Robinsons , Rustans, SaveMore, Shoppers Center , Shopwise, SM Hypermarket,
SM Supermarket, South Supermarket , Unimart, Cash & Carry
 Suggested Retail Price: P112.00
 Good source of protein
 No trans fat
 Gluten-free, casein-free, nitrite-free
 Made from milkfish/bangus
 No fishy taste (walang lansa)
 Plant-based casing (cellulose)
 Best if pan-fried or grilled
 Difference from All-Natural: has a bit of coloring, fillers, but still made from fish – no
pork, beef, or chicken
 Exported to US, Middle East; certified halal

Garlic Fish Longaniza 250g
 9 pcs per pack
 Available in: South Supermarket, SM Supermarket, Savemore, SM Hypermarket,
Robinsons Supermarket, Pioneer Center, Cash n Carry, Makati Supermarket, Unimart,
Landmark, Metro Gaisano
 Suggested Retail Price: P80.00
 Low in cholesterol and low in fat
 Good source of protein
 No trans fats
 Gluten-free, casein-free, nitrite-free
 Made from milkfish/bangus
 No fishy taste (walang lansa)
 Plant-based casing (cellulose)
 Best if pan-fried or grilled
 Exported to US, Middle East; certified halal

Fish Nuggets 200g
 12 pcs per pack
 Available in: Alabang Supermarket Corporation, Cherry Foodarama, Landmark,
Crossing Smkt, Daily Supermarket, Metro Gaisano, Pioneer Centre, Puregold Duty Free
Subic, Robinsons , Rustans, SaveMore, Shoppers Center , Shopwise, SM Hypermarket,
SM Supermarket, South Supermarket , Unimart, Cash & Carry
 Suggested Retail Price: P73.00
 Tempura batter, very similar to McDonald’s chicken nuggets in texture
 Made from milkfish/bangus – unlike those in the market that are made from pangasius
 Good source of protein
 No trans fats
 Casein-free
 Can be pan-fried, deep-fried, or toasted in the microwave oven

Gourmet Selections Roasted Garlic 4s 400g
 4 pcs per pack
 Available in: Shopwise, Rustans
 Suggested Retail Price: P165.00
 Succulent milkfish loins in a decadent and zesty garlic marinade
 Best paired with salad greens, corn on the cob or a cup of rice
 Can be grilled, pan-fried, or baked

Smoked Deboned Milkfish 400g
 4 pcs per pack
 Available in: Shopwise, Rustans
 Suggested Retail Price: P140.00
 Smoked using virgin beechwood chips imported from Germany—ensuring a rich,
smoky taste; a juicy texture; and a chemical-free product
 Alabang Supermarket Corporation, Metro Gaisano, Pioneer Centre, Puregold Duty Free
Sufic, Robinsons, Rustans, SM Save More, Shopwise , SM Hypermarket, SM
Supermarket, South Supermarket, Landmark, Unimart Inc., Cash & Carry

Fisher Farms’ Gourmet Baked Rellenong Bangus and other products are available in leading supermarkets in Metro Manila and around the country.

For more details about Fisher Farms, go to and visit their Facebook and Twitter accounts for updates. 


Friday, February 13, 2015

Fish Cake Drizzled Soy Ginger Sauce

Love is truly around the corner and everyone seems to be excited! Well, I am! I can no longer wait for my Valentine’s date with my Valentino on Heart’s day. Yay!

You might ask where we going to spend our heart’s day? Oh well, I am easy to please. A feel good movie with a comfort food and comfortable seats will do. But of course, it would be sweeter when my favorites are also present like the Tokyo Bubble Teas. I love milk teas as much as P the boyfie loves green teas. Lounging at tea café is one of our favorite catching up session. With that said, I want to share with you, my loves, the Tokyo Bubble Tea’s “Yoshoku Valentine’s Treat and some giveaway that I would love to give this full of love month. 

Tokyo Bubble Tea drink menu offers an exciting variety of flavors of milk teas, milk shakes, tea slush, black tea and green tea from hot to cold, to suit your tastes best. It is one of the many reasons why I love them. Plus, their food menu features Japanese-Western fusion food, ranging from fusion maki (P’s favorite), sushi, Japanese pasta, donburi, ramen, okonomiyaki pizza, takoyaki ball, teriyaki chicken baked rice and many more!

Yoshoku Valentine’s Treat

And for the Yoshoku Valentine’s Treat, you can choose any 2 Yoshoku Big Plate that comes with Special Maki, Miso Soup and your choice of milk teas for only P1,143.00. You will also get two (2) Tokyo Bubble Tees for FREE! Promo Duration is from February 12 to March 8, 2015.

Yoshoku Big Plate Menu:

1. Apple Glazed Grilled Porkchop
Grilled pork chop glazed with apple sauce served with garlic rice and sidings.
2. 1/4 Japanese Chicken Leg Rice 
Japanese-Style 1/4 chicken leg, deep fried to perfection, and served with Nori-ginger sauce, garlic rice and sidings.
3. Yakiniku Beef Rice
Grilled sliced USDA beef marinated in yakiniku sauce served with garlic rice and sidings.
4. Chicken Teriyaki Doria
Grilled boneless chicken topped with teriyaki sauce & creamy.
5. Japanese Curry Hamburg Steak
Grilled hamburg smothered with Japanese-style curry sauce. Served with steamed Japanese rice and sunny side up egg.
6. Sizzling Chicken with Black Pepper Sauce
Juicy chicken smothered in a special black pepper sauce served on a sizzling plate!
7. Fish Cake Drizzled Soy Ginger Sauce
Special marinated fish with soy-ginger sauce. Perfect with ginger fried rice.
8. Aloha Sesame Sauce Glazed Salmon
Grilled fresh salmon on a bed of pineapple and topped with tomato concasse. Goes well with our sesame mayonnaise sauce.
9. Hayashi Bolognese & Egg Doria
Sweet Bolognese with mozzarella cheese and sunny side up egg topped on baked garlic rice.
10. Omurice with Steak Mushroom Sauce
Omurice with special steak sauce. Served with coleslaw and grilled.

FREE T-shirts!

By having these sumptuous dishes, you’ll surely love and enjoy your date. So, here’s more. You can also win a FREE ONE (1)
Tokyo Bubble Tea’s “Yoshoku Valentine’s Treat by joining my giveaway below.  
Mechanics are easy-peasy!

Tokyo Bubble Tea Branches

SM North Edsa
LG/F SM North Edsa, The Block, Quezon City
(Sun - Thur 10am - 10pm)
(Fri - Sat 10am to 11pm)
Tel Number: 441-0097

SM Megamall
LG/F SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City
(Mon - Sun 10am to 10pm)
Tel Number: 638-7479

Tomas Morato
#220 Tomas Morato Ave., Quezon City (beside Alfredo's steak house)
(Mon - Sun 11am - 1am)
Tel Number: 921-7382

Wilson St. Greenhills
#229 Wilson St., Greenhills, San Juan, Metro Manila (beside animal house)
(Mon - Sun 7am - 12mn)
Tel Number: 584-1998

Fort Bonifacio
Unit 1 & 2 G/F, The Fort Residences, 30th St. Cor. 2nd Ave. Fort Bonifacio
Taguig City
(Mon - Sun 8am - 5am)
Tel Number: 478-7483

Food junction, Eastwood City Cyberpark, E. Rodriguez Jr. Avenue, Bagumabayan, Q. C.
(Mon - Sun 10am - 2am)
Tel Number: 571-4140

209 Katipunan Avenue, Brgy. Milagrosa, Project 4, Q. C.
(Sun - Thurs 7am - 1am)
(Fri - Sat 7am - 2am)
Tel Number: 961-8904

Banawe (Now Open!)
238 Banawe Street cor Pinalturan and Pagataan, Banawe, Q.C.
(Mon - Sun 7am - 12mn)
Tel Number: 294-9493

Level 2, Trinoma, Edsa cor North Avenue, Quezon City
(Sun - Thurs 11am – 9pm)
(Fri - Sat 11am – 10pm)
Tel Number: 718-0042

Cagayan De Oro
3rd Level, Centrio Mall
Claro M. Recto Ave. corner Corales Ave., Cagayan De Oro
(Mon – Sun 10am -10 pm)
Tel Number: 463-1419

Central Citywalk, Robinson's Place Lacson St., Mandalagan, Bacolod
Tel Number: 441-1632


Sunday, January 25, 2015

Dr. Mina Ramirez
“The year 2015 is harvest time - harvesting all what is good about the Filipino to transform our country into a great nation,” said Dr. Mina Ramirez, phenomenological sociologist and president of Asian Social Institute.

With 2014 just about to end and as we become more excited to welcome the New Year, it will be another season and reason for us to reflect on our lives in the past year and plan for a better future.  This is the perfect time to start doing our list of resolutions as we start things right for the New Year. 

This has inspired Krem-Top coffee creamer to launch a campaign to motivate and challenge individuals to exercise a habit of aspiring to become a better person.  Dubbed as Change for the Better, the campaign that started in 2012, is a call for everyone to commit and sustain the personal, not just during the turn of the year but throughout the year and beyond. 
Over time, the campaign has grown from being a personal call to being nationalistic as the mission is not just improving one’s self but for the entire nation to rally towards becoming better Filipinos. Krem Top’s Change for the Better campaign reminds us that even small changes when put or done together can create a huge impact in the community.
 “The mission of the brand is not just to build the business but it also advocates creating change for a better country”, says Blen Fernando, Alaska Milk Corporation’s Vice President for Marketing and Krem-Top Change for the Better campaign lead. ,
This year, Krem-Top’s Change for the Better campaign looks centers on values that are natural among Filipinos that will remind us of our identity and can strengthen our nationhood. Krem-Top’s Change for the Better campaign, with the guidance of Dr. Mina Ramirez, identified Five Core Values that defines who and what we are as Filipinos. These core values make us different and stand out from the rest of the world. Based on Dr. Ramirez’s study “The Filipino Worldview and Values” and her insights from decades of practice as a phenomenological sociologist, here are the Five Core Filipino Values based on the Basic Aspirations of a Filipino:

This is based on Filipinos’ aspiration for “Pamumuhay” (Life) and “Pananalig sa Diyos at Kapwa” (Faith in God and people).  Filipinos know how to enjoy life.  We have many holidays, feasts, occasions, and reunions.  Filipinos are cheerful and naturally sociable.  We love to connect to people. We are a happy race.   We wear smiles on our faces even in depressing situations. This is because we always look at the bright side of life. We always have a positive outlook because we always find things to be thankful for, even in the smallest things. We would always say “Salamat sa Diyos” (Thank God) whenever good things happen because Filipinos, from whatever religion, would attribute life’s blessings to the Higher Being. We also acknowledge the good deeds of other people towards us and we do our best to return the favor.
Being in a country prone to natural disasters, Filipinos have adapted and learned to be strong in times of need and in hard situations life throws at us. We continue to stand up, be firm, and fight because we have our loved ones and life’s aspirations to be strong for. This strength is drawn from our love for our family and to the higher being we believe in. This is based on Filipino’s aspiration for “Kaayusan” (Order).  In fact, Filipinos’ common expression is “Ayos Na”.  When we are able to get through difficulties, we say “Ayos Na”.  We, Filipinos long for “Kaayusan” and we will endure everything and be strong amidst hardships and challenges until we surpass the obstacles.   

When Filipinos dream of something, we do everything possible to get it. We do it for our families and loved ones.   This is based on Filipinos’ aspiration for “Kasaganaan” (Abundance) and “Ginhawa” (Relief).  A Filipino aspires for abundance not for himself but for his family.  The Filipino translation for Happy New Year is Masaganang Bagong Taon (Bountiful New Year) because we equate happiness and celebration with abundance.  In Bisaya, “Ginhawa” means breath.  And the smooth flow of breath is the smooth flow of life which we call “Ginhawa”.  Ginhawa” according to lay theologian Dr. Jose de Mesa is the feeling of well-being in a Filipino.  An example would be Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) who endure being away from home to give their families a good life – abundance and relief from hardships.

It is because of our love for the family extended to friends, neighbors and other people that make Filipinos naturally compassionate. This compassion enables us to help other people without asking for anything in return. This is based on Filipinos’ aspiration for “Loob at Damdamin” and “Kapwa” (Other People) as explained in Dr. Mina’s The Filipino Worldview and Values.  “Loob” is the seat of Filipinos’ dignity.  The personhood of Filipino is manifested in his “kalooban”.  Filipinos tune in each other’s “kalooban” by checking on each other’s condition and chatting about each other’s lives.  Filipinos reach out to other people.  Due to our familistic culture, Filipinos use “kapwa” to refer not just to a stranger but to a relative, a next-door neighbor, a distant relative or a friend.  Our “Mapagmalasakit” trait makes it easy for us to champion the Bayanihan spirit - to unite and help each other during calamities and celebrate together during special occasions. 

The use of po, opo, and pagmamano (kissing of the hand) are distinct Filipino ways of respect. We say these words and use this gesture to show our respect and love for the elderly. The Filipinos’ respect is not just limited to the elderly but also to other people’s properties, emotions, and ideas. We are polite people.  Our language itself is also respectful because it does not have any gender bias. Examples would be the words kapatid (brother / sister) or asawa (husband / wife) or biyenan (father-in-law / mother-in-law) or anak (son / daughter) which do not manifest differences in gender. These words are uniquely Filipino definitely respectful of the sexes. Our respect for other individuals is embedded in our culture and in our language.  This is based on our aspiration for “Lakas ng Loob” or “Kagandahang Loob”.  Malakas and Maganda, Filipinos’ original creation story brings dignity to both the Filipino and Filipina.  Both the man and the woman sprang from the bamboo.  The man bowed to the woman.  They held hands and went off together.  Dr. Ramirez said, “This is a very non-sexist indigenous version of the creation story.”

Dr. Mina Ramirez explained, “If you want to get to know the Filipino, learn the language.  Most of our values are deeply rooted in how we express ourselves.  The Five Core Filipino Values based on the Basic Aspirations of a Filipino are in Filipino language because there are no direct translations of these traits.  The words are unique to us.  Understanding these traits would mean dissecting the soul of a Filipino.”

Filipinos may be hard pressed at times, but in general, we are rich.  We are rich in natural resources; we are rich in our people.  If we can just get to know more ourselves clearly and use our values to our advantage, we will become a better nation.  It’s time to change for the better,” said Dr. Ramirez.

Jim Paredes

Social media advocate Jim Paredes shared how we realized how the value of pagmamalasakit still resonates in the youth today. “My daughter opened our home for the relief operations. She took the initiative to turn our home into a relief center for repackaging donations for the typhoon Yolanda victims,” said Paredes. “The Filipino existentialism also attracted me; the Filipinos being masigasig to pull ourselves out of poverty.”

The Krem-Top team is optimistic that this project will help create awareness about the need to keep or enrich or restore these core values of Filipinos.  We hope that Krem-Top’s Change for the Better campaign will inspire us to be the better version of ourselves for the benefit of our families and our country.  No matter whom you are, whether young or old, with no respect to sex or belief, what makes us great as a nation are our values.  We may be a nation that is not as rich as the others economically but we are definitely one of the richest when it comes to values.”

For more information about Krem-Top Change for the Better campaign, visit or follow @kremtopPH on Twitter.

About Krem-Top
Krem-Top is a product of Alaska Milk Corporation, one of the leading companies in dairy milk, which was launched nationwide in 2010. Krem-Top is a non-dairy coffee creamer that complements well your coffee bringing out the creaminess and wonderful aroma with just the right sweetness, making your coffee drinking experience more enjoyable.



Friday, January 23, 2015

Goya Everyday Instant Powdered Drink

The ‘ber months may already be over, but the cold weather brought about by the Northeast Monsoon will continue to keep us wearing jackets, covered up in sheets, and craving for something to keep us warm for the next couple of months. And what better way to keep the temperature up than to have a cup of rich and creamy hot chocolate.

Goya Everyday Instant Powdered Chocolate Drink makes for a wonderful companion during this cold weather.  Made with premium cocoa powder for a luscious and indulgent chocolate-y taste, it easily and smoothly flows down your throat, carrying its own unique flavor that can awaken the mind, stir up passion, and add an extra dose of happiness.

With just one sip, you’ll feel it already taking away some of the chill of the season, while still allowing you to savor that wonderful chocolate flavor. Whether you want it hot or cold, Goya Everyday’s chocolate goodness is so easy to whip up as it does not require adding sugar or milk.

And if you’re the type who likes to spice up your chocolate drink, Goya Everyday offers two new exciting variants.

Goya Everyday Plus with Marshmallows

Goya Everyday Plus with Marshmallows, which further sweetens that lush chocolate flavor with marshmallow chunks.  Watch as the marshmallows dissolve and leave a foamy layer on top or immediately take a sip and feel them melting in your mouth amidst that chocolate goodness. These make it the perfect beverage as you spend hours of relaxing and intimate conversations with your family, or as you catch up on your favorite movies and TV shows in a DVD marathon with your friends. 

And for an added new twist to your chocolate drink, there is the Goya Everyday Plus Double Chocolate with Cinnamon. Not only does the Cinnamon amp up the taste of cocoa while lacing it with that spicy perky taste that is both soothing and stimulating, it is also good for the health as it is a natural anti-oxidant. This makes this drink your perfect everyday companion.

Goya Everyday Instant Chocolate Powdered Milk is available in leading supermarkets and convenience stores nationwide.


Saturday, January 17, 2015

Life is indeed a colorful one as well as the cocktails that adds a little spice to our life. Had these colorful cocktails with a twist at Flavours by Chef Fham located at Sct. Mandrinan cor Tomas Morato, Quezon City (just across Il Terrazo). It was a night of fun and eating healthy and sumptuous foods personally cooked and prepared by Chef Fham Sarmiento.