Book For Less BIG Discount SALE

The Books for Less Warehouse Sale

August 1 to 31, 2014; 8 am to 5 pm (except Sundays and Holidays

Books start at Php10.00

#643 Mercedez Ave., Brgy. San Miguel, Pasig City

Tel. No. 633-8554 and 0917-630-9999

Note : The sale will start on August 1 until August 31 except during sundays and holidays . The warehouse is just in front of La Consolacion College , Pasig

Website: http://www.booksforless.ph/

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Hari ng Tondo BlogCon : Cinemalaya Director’s Showcase

Makati , Metro Manila- Philippines

The Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival marking its 10th anniversary is a film competition and festival that aims to encourage the creation of new cinematic works by Filipino filmmakers.

Awards are also given in the Short Feature Category and the Directors Showcase.

Website: http://cinemalaya.org/about_cinemalaya.htm

An intimate group of bloggers and freelance writers were invited to a night hosted by Director Carlos Siguion -Reyna, Ms. Bibeth Orteza and some of the cast of the film.

SYNOPSIS:

 A grandfather Mr. Ricardo Villena (Robert Arevalo) on the verge of bankruptcy , on the same day he is told his granddaughter Anna’s (Cris Villonco) wedding is not pushing through and his grandson and namesake Ricky (Rafa Siguion-Reyna) is not graduating from college—again.  Anna has caught her fiancé with another woman while Ricky just wants to sing and compose songs. Ricardo believes his grandchildren’s weaknesses to battle life’s trials is caused by their sheltered lifestyle. To remedy this, the patriarch brings them to his birthplace, Tondo, where he owns a decrepit tenement housing called “Alapaap.” Away from their Forbes Park milieu, the grandchildren meet various people who will help mold their future.

 

group photo with some of the cast and bloggers

Performed by Mr. Robert Arevalo, Ms. Liza Lorena, Mr. Rez Cortez,Ms. Aiza Seguerra, Ms. Cris Villonco, Ms. Ciara Sotto, Mr. Rafa Siguion-Reyna, Mr. Lui Manansala,Mr. Gian Magdangal,Mr. Lorenz Martinez,Ms. Menggie Cobarrubias, Mr. Carlos Canlas,Mr. Mark Tayag,Mr. Raul Montesa,Mr. Jelson Bay, Mr. Hans Eckstein, Mr. Gino Ramirez, with the special participation of Mr. Eric Quizon, Ms.  Ali Sotto, and  Mr. Audie Gemora.

 

Sound Design by Albert Michael Idioma.
Original Music Score by Myke Salomon.
Art Direction by Rolly Carino.
Edited by Manet Dayrit.
Cinematography by Jay Abello.
Line Produced by Tess Fuentes, Ruth Racela.
Executive Producers are Francisco Tiu-Laurel, Jr. and Carlos Siguion-Reyna.

A presentation by Reynafilms, Inc. and Central Digital Labs, Inc. Produced and written by Bibeth Orteza. Directed by Carlos Siguion-Reyna.

The schedule of film showings in major movie theaters in Metro Manila

Cinemalaya 2014 Official Screening Schedule for HARI NG TONDO: Aug 2 (Sat): 12:45pm CCP Little Theater 4:00pm TriNoma Cinema 4 Aug 3 (Sun): 1:30pm TriNoma Cinema 1 Aug 4 (Mon): 12:45pm CCP Main Theater 4:00pm Greenbelt 3 Cinema 4 4:00pm Alabang Town Center Cinema 4 Aug 5 (Tue): 1:30pm Greenbelt 3 Cinema 5 Aug 6 (Wed): 12:45pm CCP Multi-Purpose Hall (Museo ng Kalinangang Pilipino) 6:15pm CCP Main Theater 9:00pm Fairview Terraces Cinema 5 Aug 7 (Thu): 4:00pm Fairview Terraces Cinema 5 6:15pm CCP Tanghalang Huseng Batute (Studio Theater) Aug 8 (Fri): 10:00am CCP Tanghalang Huseng Batute (Studio Theater) 6:30pm Greenbelt 3 Cinema 4 6:30pm Alabang Town Center Cinema 4 9:00pm TriNoma Cinema 1 Aug 9 (Sat): 3:30pm CCP Multi-Purpose Hall (Museo ng Kalinangang Pilipino) 6:30pm Greenbelt 3 Cinema 5 9:00pm TriNoma Cinema 4

Vikings Seaside Boulevard – New Southeast Asian Cuisine

Vikings Buffet Restaurant  , Building B, By the Bay , Seaside Boulevard , SM Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City – Philippines

Bloggers , Freelance Writers and  Ms. Raquel Bartolome ( Assistant Marketing Head)

We were treated to an afternoon of buffet meal of NEW menus being offered by  “ KING of BUFFET ” Restaurant – Vikings .  Trip Advisor ranked this restaurant as one of the best in the region .

 lovely assortment of different kinds of cakes and pastries

They are offering additional menu from popular Southeast Asian countries and Indian popular cuisine.

laksa shrimps , vermicelli and bean sprout soup

laksa shrimps soup is popular among Southeast Asian countries and those with Indian communities . It is good for the health and the soup enhances the appetite.

 

Indian appetizers

a sampling of Indian Samosa, Falafel in Pita, Tandoori Chicken Terrine with a Jicama , Mango and Coriander Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

Indonesian Mee Goreng

Mie or Mee Goreng is a popular stir fry noodle dish from Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia and even in southern parts of the Philippines with varying degree of spiciness and ingredients.

Kampot Squid and Sate Udang with special condiments

Kampot Squid is simply stuffed squid which originated in Cambodia . However stuffed squid is common food in other Southeast Asian countries like Philippines, Malaysia , Indonesia

Sate Udang or Satay Udang – This is a Singaporean , Malay, Indonesia dish of prawns marinated in special sauce and turmeric to taste. The prawn ( udang ) skewered and grilled meat, served with a sauce.

 

Ice Kachang

Ice or Ais Kachang is almost similar with our Halo-halo , it is popular in Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei and southern parts of the Philippines.

waffer with coconut jam and sliced oranges

Waffers with coconut jam and sliced oranges– This is common in Indonesia and Malaysia and also other Southeast Asian countries.

At Vikings, the management are redefining the concept of buffet by incorporating show kitchens in the dining area to show the guests how  professionally trained chefs prepare dishes beyond expectations.

 Sushi bar

The restaurant is a contemporary and stylish restaurant that overlooks the majestic Manila Bay through its’ vast windows.

chefs and branch manager

These wonderful dishes will be available starting this weekend at Vikings Seaside Boulevard branch !!!!

Address: Building B, By the Bay , Seaside Boulevard , SM Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City

Contact Information: 846-3888, 846-4888, 846-5888

Website: http://vikings.ph/

PHLPOST Launched the Flower Paintings of President Corazon Aquino on Scented Stamps

Bulong Pulungan sa Sofitel, Manila -Philippines

L-R Ms. Deedee Siytangco , Mr. Enrique Tagle- Philpost  ,PEZA Director General Lilia De Lima,  Philippine Star President and CEO Miguel Belmonte (fourth from left),  Philpost President -Ceasar Sarino , Mr. Manuel V. Pangilinan (represented by Ramon Isberto, Smart Communications Head of Public Affairs), , and Metrobank Chairman George Ty (represented by Chito Sobrepena).

Mr. Manuel V. Pangilinan owns the “Rosary and Roses Series,” De Lima the “Blooms of Unity,” Belmonte the “Overflowing with Good Wishes,” and Ty the “Enchanting Blossoms” and “Fifth Painting.”

rose scented stamps featuring five paintings of former President Corazon Aquino will be sold to the public starting Aug. 1 to mark her fifth death anniversary.

This will be the first time in the history of Philippine stamps that PHLPOST will be using scented papers.

flower paintings of former president Corazon Aquino

The block of four stamps features the Aquino painting “Overflowing with Good Wishes” that is now in the possession of The STAR president and chief executive officer (CEO) Miguel Belmonte; “Blooms of Unity” that is with Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) director general Lilia de Lima; and the “Enchanting Blossoms” and “Fifth Painting” that are with Metrobank Group chairman George Ty.

Meanwhile, the souvenir sheet will feature the “Rosary and Roses Series” painting that she gave to businessman Manuel Pangilinan.

The two designs for the first day cover cachet will feature the paintings lent by the Aquino family.

The local printer Amstar Co. Inc. had to source the scented paper and scented ink from abroad.

The smell of roses would stay with the stamps for one to two years depending on how these would be preserved.

set of stamp which includes 4 piece stamp and a souvenir sheet

However another constructive criticism by stamp collectors which was echoed by Mr. Enrique Tagle– ”   If the stamp is exposed to the elements, it might lose its scent immediately, but if it is placed inside a sealed glass or inside acid free plastic, then the scent would be preserved longer.”

Mrs. Aquino, mother of incumbent President Aquino, was the country’s 11th president. She is credited for restoring democracy to the country.

One of her hobbies was painting and flowers were her preferred subject.

Tagle said it took PhlPost a long time to come out with this series because it was difficult to find the paintings of Mrs. Aquino.

She gave away most of her paintings to friends so there are only a few paintings left with her children.

Php 100 Souvenir Sheet

Technical Description

Type of Issuance: Special – marking 5th Death Anniversary of President Corazon C. Aquino

Theme: Flower Painting of former President Corazon C. Aquino

Block of 4: 40mm x 30mm At Php 25.00 each

Souvenir Sheet : 95 mm x 93 mm  Php 100

Special Feature: rose scented

Paper: Imported watermark

Printer: Amstar Company -Philippines

Quantity : 200,000 pieces or 50,000 per design

Souvenir Sheet : 7,000 pieces

First Day Cover : 6,000 pieces

It was Aquino’s close friend and former spokesperson Deedee Siytangco who helped PhlPost get in touch with the paintings’ owners.  Metro Bank Foundation ordered some 5,000 pieces of The First Day Covers , while a well -known stamp dealer ordered some 500 pieces thus leaving 500 pieces for ordinary collectors . The total FDC’s printed  is one of the biggest orders for this year .

NOTE: Although this is the first time that paintings in private collection will be featured in Philippine stamps  . Some Philatelists  ( stamp collectors ) are weary that this is some sort of a crude form of advertisement ( further enhancing the price of the actual paintings that are featured in the stamps. ) Or was it politically motivated.

 Website: www.phlpost.gov.ph

 

BIG Winners of Angel Hack Manila Spring 2014

A Space Gallery ,Legaspi Street , Makati-Philippines

 A Space Gallery

It was an exciting weekend for over 100 plus- participants from all over the country which participated in the Angel Hack Spring- Manila 2014 leg .

cubicle rooms which is also known as incubation room where teams formulate their application software and other plans were hatched .

The participants were group into thirty-six (36) teams did some serious “Eat. Hack. Sleep.” – vie for the prestigious title and a trip to the USA.

Chikka App

This is the second time that there will be held in the Philippines, It is dubbed as ” The World’s Largest Hackathon event ” . The first one was held in Anson’s Building in Ortigas last year.

Link: https://renz15.wordpress.com/2013/06/08/angelhack-manila-global-hackathon-attracts-hundreds-of-it-specialists-day-1/

Yoyager

The event started around past 9:00am from July 26 and ended in the afternoon of July 27 and then the 36 group started their presentations where the judges selected 12 finalists then narrowing them to just 3 finalists. There are a lot of foods , beers , soft-drinks and candies .

 Angelhack 2014  Spring Manila panel of judges

Judges:

After two days of hard work and three-minute close door pitch to a set of three (3) judges per room, in no particular order, the top 12 finalists were: Sigurado.co, Who’s Your Nanny (Who’s Your Nanny?), Bitwards (Source-Script Innovations), Pasa Net (Pasanet), Hackerstats, Quotable (Quotable), Baryable (PhilRobotics), Loop Lisa (Team Divided By Zero), sc.io (BluLemons), Goob (Goob), Tusk (Instigators), and BayaniStream (Bayani Stream). One after another, teams did another presentation ( pitch)  in front of all the judges.
 
L-R Architect Jonathan Dangue , Mr. Brian Reed and Mr. Brian Tenorio
“Loop Lisa” (Team Divided By Zero) received the Chikka API award (project management app that uses email/short messaging service and natural language),
 “Baryable” (Team PhilRobotics) bagged the Jury Award (prototype and software that enables people to helps ease their SSS contribution)
. The group is led by Mr. Victor Saromo , Mr. Franklin Binos II , Mr. Keith Beja, Mr. Karim Jordan Buenaseda and Mr. Johnaray Dimaunahan
 

Team Pasanet

“Pasa Net” (Team Pasanet) was declared 1st runner up (earn money by sharing your WiFi hotspot). Team members include Mr. Marco Valmes , Ms. Leivi Inciong and Mr. Allan Ostrea

Libre net was the original name that the group was conceptualizing . The group change it to Pasanet to have the cell of pasaload. or payload worth of sms service.

Team Quotable,The team comprised of Mr. Luigi Dollosa, Ms. Riela Isabel T. Antonio, Mr.  Emanuel Josef V. Saringan, and Mr. Marlo Lao, won first prize. The team motto – The slickest way to highlight on the web.

Their ‘Quotable‘ application aims to “helps you save, curate, and share notable lines that you read on the web.”

Team Quotable

The team also participated in the recent Hack the Climate last June 2014.

Link: https://renz15.wordpress.com/2014/06/09/hack-the-climate-2014-broke-world-records/

Aside from their acceptance into the Spring 2014 HACKcelerator program, the team also received the following: a Hackccelerator Travel Package c/o Chikka (round-trip tickets to Silicon Valley), technology packages from Microsoft, Opera, Vogayer and Nokia Maps (Nokia Lumia phones, Nexus 7 tablets, Garmin sports watch, 3-year Azure cloud hosting, $10,000 worth of software), Spinnr PH Music Package (1 year subscription), post-hackathon mentorship, access to A Space Manila, and PHP10,000 worth of Chikka SMS API credits.

Organizers:

Organized by Smart DevNet with major sponsors SmartBro, Voyager, A Space Manila, Flip Trip, Chikka, Nokia HERE, Microsoft, Opera, and Asian Innovations Lab, as well as community partners namely GameX, airbnb, Youphoric Labs, data.gov.ph, Uber, FoodPanda, orangefix, Project Noah, Little Oven Cakes, Spinnr, and DevCon made AngelHack Manila Spring 2014 possible.

Website link: http://www.angelhack.com/event/angelhackmanilaspring-2014/

 Next Event: WebGeek DevCup! See you on August 16-17, 2014 at the Meralco Multi-Purpose Hall, Ortigas, Pasig City.