Kalesa -Social Enterprise Project

Plaza Rajah Sulayman, Manila-Philippines

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Kalesa Kinulayan Philippines Peoples Organization, Inc. or KALESA changes the whole concept of the vehicle to be a symbol of innovation, commerce and more importantly, HOPE for Filipino people.  About 20 bloggers were given the opportunity to witness the unveiling of the project which aims to help  the indigent communities .

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Conceptualized by a group of like-minded, concerned Filipino citizens, KALESA’s main goal is to curb poverty by making more entrepreneurs in the Philippines. KALESA believes that doing business means empowering people and distributing opportunity, especially to the underprivileged (the forgotten sector of our society)

There are several ways to help the group I-Care, I Share, I Partner and I Give

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KALESA is taking baby steps in organizing and setting up.  As a social enterprise, it runs on funds for its social service advocates.  Concern individuals can also contribute in the works of fabricating more KALESA e-Carts for more indigents to benefit.

KALESA is now raising 10 million pesos to fabricate additional 100 carts to help at least 200 families.

Cash donations can be deposited at any BPI branch to Kalesa Kinulayan Philippines Peoples Organization, Inc. with account number: 00-0793-2207-74.

One can volunteer time, partner with the organization , help in the causes.

KALESA is looking for volunteers to be Local Community Coordinators and International Community Coordinators. Anywhere you are, whatever field you may be in, as long as you are willing and available, you can contribute and MAKE THE CHANGE.

Website: http://www.kalesaphilippines.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KalesaPhilippines

Meet the Kalesa Advocates: http://www.kalesaphilippines.com/kalesa-advocates/

7 Reasons to visit the 34th Manila International Book Fair

SMX Convention Center , Mall of Asia , Pasay City-Philippines

SMX Convention Center

The 34th Manila International Book Fair is organized by Primetrade Asia , Incorporated in partnership with  Asian Catholic Communicators, Inc., Book Development Association of the Philippines, Philippine Booksellers Association, Inc., and the Overseas  Publishers Representatives Organization of the Philippines.

Among the media partners include Wazzup Pilipinas , Rappler, Manila Bulletin among others. Wazzup Pilipinas : http://www.wazzuppilipinas.com/

Book Development Board,  the organizers ,  Hon. Maria Leonor Robredo ,Mrs. Marita Teresa Cancio-Suplico and Mr. Tommy Suplico of Goodwill Bookstore

The event started with a mass attended by the main players of the Philippine book industry players, organizers , students , media partners. After the ribbon cutting ceremony, the guests of honor toured the fair site .

ribbon cutting ceremony

There are the 7 Reasons to visit the ongoing Book Fair

Bargain Books

7.) Bargain Books and other Reading Materials–  Book lovers , Book collectors, Librarians,  Professionals, Young Adults , Children books, Text books, Inspirational books- you name it they got it! In case you missed a book title or two, You can get the business cards and  their contact information . Book publishers are there and their friendly sales representatives  are there to help you.

Goethe Institut- Philippinen

6.) On the Spot Contest & FREEBIES– Almost all the commercial booths within the expo site had some sort of promotion and contest.  This sharpens ones’ mind and makes your stay enjoyable !!!!  Goethe Institute -Philippinen  volunteers gave a questionnaire those who registers at their booth . The one who get all the right answer will have a chance to win a FREE German language course !!!!!

 Cafe Puro

Cafe Puro promodizers gave away FREE coffee to the visitors

Inspirational speaker Mr. Francis Kong together with Mr. Ross Del Rosario ( Wazzup Pilipinas)

5.) Meet and Greet Celebrities  – Our group noticed that  there is a long queue of line at the  CSM Publishing booth.  Then there is Mr. Francis Kong – You can hear him in his daily Radio Program “Business Matters” which was given a Year 2007 special citation by the Catholic Mass Media Awards. He is an author of 10 books !

CSM Publishing House is having a promo during the 5 day – book fair, The books are discounted at dazzlingly low prices ! We bought several books at the CSM booth.  ” Being the BEST you Can Ever Be” is one of the books being sold at a rock bottom price ! From the original price of Php 500  , the book is sold at Php 100 plus a chance to have it signed with the author himself !

Mr. Francis Kong : http://franciskong.com/

PSICOM booth with book enthusiasts waiting  for the book author

The company is one of the exhibitors of the on going book fair . One of the recently published books ” Bakit Hindi Ka Crush Ng Crush Mo? ” is a 2013 Filipino film adaptation of Ramon Bautista’s novel of the same title.  The book was released in 2012 .

a student waiting in line

Website : http://www.psicompublishing.com/zen/

The PSI Publication has an active online forum and is popular among Filipino anime and pop culture readers.

Professor Agusto De Viana

Mr. Allen Lau and Ms. Kristel Tan

Our group also had the opportunity to meet Mr. Allen Lau and Ms. Kristel Tan of Waatpad : http://www.wattpad.com/

An unlimited, ever-growing library of free books and stories all in the palm of your hand! On Wattpad, millions of people are discovering great fiction, sharing stories with friends and following their favorite authors chapter-by-chapter.

Rex Bookstore – With their eye catching exhibit!

4.) Interesting Booths – There are a lot of interesting booths at the show, You have a feeling that  you are in a fairly land or somewhere else !

Philippine Science Centrum

The Philippine Science Centrum exhibit is located within Goodwill Bookstore area. It is their second year of participation at the expo.

Goodwill Bookstore booth

Goodwill Bookstore with their eye catching blue colored signage thrills any visitor to the event.  A lot of their books are discounted up to 75% OFF for 75 days on selected titles -the promo duration started last July 18 , 2013 and up to December 30, 2013 (per DTI permit no. 7930 series of 2013). The bookstore had a lot of interesting collectible Froebel-Kan  picture book series printed by a  Japanese book printer The Toppan Printing Co., Ltd .  It is named after German educator Friedrich Wilhelm A. Froebel (1782-1852). He established the first kindergarten in the world and also opened centers for training childcare providers.  Most kindergarten children here in the Philippines still remember that it was Goodwill bookstore which introduced to the market the wipe-FREE books !

Diwa Publishing

3.) Interactive Booths- While there are friendly sales staff in many booths, some exhibitors had made more efforts for them to have interactive displays for the techie generations .

Groiler Books

2.) Seminars , Lectures and Workshops – academe, researchers , students and the public meet and discuss their papers , topics or issues  that affect the industry .

3D Hologram postcards

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National Historical Commission of the Philippines booth

1.) Unique Products and Filipianiana books- Uniquely Philippine made products such as pencil holder and Philippine printed books such as hard to find Filipinana , historical books, inspirational books that were printed in the country. The quantity of the books is not that many.  Although the Philippine book industry is not that big compared to its Asian counterparts , the ongoing 34th Manila International Book Fair  shed new hope for the book industry  – The book fair will run until September 15, 2013.

Note: I would like to ” Thank” the organizers for the invitation and accommodation ” extended during the event.

Prime Trade Asia: http://www.primetradeasia.com/

Pro-FRIENDS launches FREE seminars

Property Company of Friends, Inc., more popularly known as PRO-FRIENDS, one of the fastest-growing real estate companies in the Philippines, and was established by a group of dynamic individuals who had a  vision of creating communities and transforming lives by providing affordable, good quality homes. The venue of the seminar will be held at 39 Boni Serrano Street , Bagong Lipunan ng Crame, Cubao in Quezon City on June 19, 2013.


Companies now make use of bloggers, or more appropriately should be called as the online journalists or media, to share or market their products and services online. They also need to embrace the fact that everyone has gone mobile and access information using their mobile gadgets may it be smartphones, tablets, or phablets. Aside from the websites and social media like Facebook , Twitter , Instagram among others.

Many companies have made their site mobile friendly, and everyone else should jump in if they want to take advantage of the global phenomenon where everyone is now online and mobile. It’s a fast changing and developing world that you need to catch up to stay competitive and survive.

For more information about the company and the schedule of their FREE Seminars:

This is the official Facebook page of Profriends:

2nd Chocolate Festival at East Wood Mall

2nd Floor , East Wood Mall, Libis , Quezon City- Philippines

tall buildings , condominium units, office spaces and shopping malls are located adjacent to each other

It was a bid cloudy day when i arrived at the East Wood Mall for the 2nd Chocolate Festival , The crowd is not that big for a friday afternoon ,  But never-least most of them are buying chocolates or sampling the products ( potential customers) .


The festival  although small compared to the ones that I have seen in several  food exposition and food bazaars in the Metro , The festival is well organized ,  concessionaires are well chosen and neatly arranged.

chocolate festival concessionaire area

There are daily lectures , seminars, cooking demonstrations , chocolate cake making , chocolate samplings  and  freebies  for the  lucky guests and visitors to the festival. While a lucky few can gain passes to a free chocolate buffet meal .

 Ms. Pam Lim- Cinco ( chocolate eating officer ) Risa Chocolate

Ms. Pam Lim-Cinco used to worked as a regular employee about 3 years -ago , her passion for chocolate and baking as an exercise in joy, shared with family and friends, has grown into a chocolate company that imbues the same passion and joy in every single creation.  She had also been featured in several  food,  entrepreneur ,  lifestyle blogs, magazines and newspapers. She also won in  several chocolate making contest .

cuadro chocolate bars

Among the best sellers are chocolate truffles, chocolate pralines such as crispy hazelnuts ,  choco-mint and earl grey.  Risa’s chocolate booth is prominently situated  from the main exhibition area.

Contact :  +639189424573 , +639175657185 , 6223438 (Duo)

E-Mail: chocolates@risa.ph

Website: risa.ph

Facebook : Facebook.com/risachocolate

Clippers Philippines

Clippers Philippines sells a lot of chocolate  collectible items which range from chocolate bears coin holder, pencil case, notebook, stapler, flashlights, mugs , school bags and other novelty items.

Clipper Philippines is also a regular participant in Toy Convention, Anime Convention, TAGCOM, Collecticon . While cos-players and anime collectors would also collects their merchandise.  I have bought some items before leaving the place. The store had branch in Angeles, Pampanga,  Clipper Glorietta 5 is located at the 3rd Level , Gateway Mall , Trinoma , SM Malls.

 Multiply : http://clippergifts.multiply.com

Choco ATBP  master chef Mr.  Zoilo Andin demonstrating the traditional way of making chocolate drink.

Mr. Zoilo Andin, Jr. is the proprietor of  Filcomfort Foods, Inc., and ChocoATBP.  Among the top sellers are chocolate tablea , chocolate with chili , chocolate brownies and cocoa beans.

For those who wanted to order :

Address: Unit 502, FSS Building 20 Scout Tuason corner Scout Castor Bgy. Laging Handa 1103 Quezon City, Philippines

Phone (632) 413-32555 / (632) 9217724  / (63)908-894-95-98

Email: cs@chocoatbp.com

Marks & Spencer Chocolate

It is my first time to encounter Mark and Spencer having a wide selection of chocolate bars . I am more familiar with the clothing line and wine of the company , The company  exhibit booth also had chocolate cookies ! I have seen chocolate bars with chili , organically grown chocolate ( cocoa beans ) .

Website : www.marksandspencer.com/

Russian Cookie

Little Gina Dejoras was well on her way to becoming a rather smart cookie connoisseur when she tasted her first Russian Cookie at the age of 12, after the family had received a jar-load of the delicious sweet things from an aunt.

In the early 90’s, by then not so little Gina had started baking the golf-ball shaped butter cookies with nuts in the center to give as gifts to friends and family. What had started as a stately hobby rapidly grew by word-of-mouth into a seasonal baking binge that saw other products added to her Russian best-seller, such as the “Pistachio”, a butter cookie topped with bittersweet chocolate and pistachio nuts and the “Jan Hagel”, a flat, cinnamon and almond flavored Scandinavian delight.

Russian Cookie House

In 2007, The Russian Cookie House was finally transformed into a full time business. The already sizeable client base that had developed during the many years of “home baking” rapidly expanded through participation in bazaars and baker’s fairs, helped by a steadily growing product line.

 Email : russiancookiehouse@yahoo.com

For Orders Call:

Website : russiancookiehouse.multiply.com/ –

For more info, you may call East Wood Mall :  709-0888 or (0917) 838-011


East Wood City : http://megaworldlifestylemalls.com/main/eastwood

Mega World Lifestyle Malls : http://megaworldlifestylemalls.com/main/

Chocolate Festival : http://megaworldlifestylemalls.com/main/eastwood/info/events/87/Chocolate-Festival

5th Philippine -Cosmetics Expo 2012

Megatrade Hall 1, 5th Floor SM Megamall , Madaluyong City, Metro Manila-Philippines

Ms. Erich Gonzales a well -known celebrity graced the opening of the event ( photo courtesy of MCT event management )

entrance to the expo site

The Chamber of Cosmetics Industry of the Philippines, Inc. ( CCIP) is holding its firth staging of the annual exhibition of leading cosmetics and personal care products from August 31 to September 2, 2012 at SM Megamall Megatrade hall and unlike other trade fairs there is no entrance fees !

Hapee Toothpaste booth by Lamoiyan Company

CCIP is an organization of companies composed of manufacturers, importers, distributors , traders, retailers of cosmetic products , as well as suppliers of cosmetic ingredients and packaging materials . CCIP is proud founding member of the ASEAN Cosmetics Association ( ACA ) , the ASEAN federation of national cosmetic associations.

Mr. Edwin F. Uy and Dave Ocampo fashion collection

Dave Ocampo : (02) 514-99-90 / 0915-813-43-46

This exhibit serves as a centerpiece in the expo

seaweed soap, citronella soap , kalamansi bleaching soap , carica papaya soap from ORO Laboratories

Oro Laboratories with its slogan ” The most valued name in quality skin and hair care ” was founded in 1934 and is considered as one of the oldest skin and hair care products in the Philippines. Aside from using natural products like papaya, kalamansi ( type of Philippine lime)  seaweed extract soap  for slimming,  gugo extract as shampoo ,  and citronella extract in their soap product.  Citronella is used by many as a natural insect repellant particularly as  mosquitoes carrying dengue .

Oil of Youth herbal moisturizer and other products manufactured by Oro Laboratories

There were a lot of local distributors flocking to the Oro laboratories booth, according to one of the dealer, most of their clients would order by bulk for personal use or for gifts during the holidays.  They are also one of the first company which introduced antiseptic female and masculine soap in the market .

Contact information : (632) 712-35-56 / 712-49-69

Fax : (632) 712-3576

Address: 370 Quezon Avenue, Quezon City , Philippines

Email: marbelle@netgazer.com.ph

Psalmstre new placental soap and other products

Website: http://www.psalmstre.com.ph/products/placenta.php

 Mr. Justine Dueñas product representative from  Chemrez Technologies, Inc.

cellphone (0632) 922-8972937 Email : jjdueñas@chemrez.com

Chemrez Technologies,  Inc. is a leading manufacturer of resins, oleochemicals, and specialty products with an excellent reputation in the Philippines and Asia. The Company is part of D&L Industries, a dynamic industrial group founded in 1963. Through the years, the Company evolved from a trader of chemicals into a diversified manufacturer with rapid product development capabilities.

Fil-Amide 300 and Fil-Amide 182

Fil-Amide 300 is the product code otherwise known  as Coco Monoethanolamide which is one of the leading ingredient for detergent powder .

Fil – Amide 182 or Coco Diethanolamide which is the main ingredient for liquid detergent . It is used  for  foam booster & viscosity builder in shampoo. Coco Diethanolamide is in constant demand in cosmetic & toiletries industries  on a worldwide scale.

Diversification :

As part of a diversified group, Chemrez has vast resources and experiences in various technologies including: colorants, polymers, biopetroleum, oleochemicals, powder coatings, foods, consumer goods, oil & gas, water treatment and others.

Potassium cocoate

Potassium cocoate is a potassium salt that originates from the fatty acids present in coconut oil. While coconut oil is edible, potassium cocoate is not. The substance, also known as potassium coco soap, is a translucent pale-yellow liquid that contains glycerine, a moisturizer. Manufacturers use potassium cocoate to make soaps and shampoos.

The company was cited recently for its outstanding practices in Sustainable Development in Health and Safety by the Federation of Philippine Industries (FPI) in the recently concluded First Philippine Manufacturers and Producers Summit. They are one of the industry suppliers for cosmetic and health care products.

Address: 65 Calle Industria , Bagumbayan , Quezon City , 1110 Philippines

Telephone (632) 635-0680 TELEFAX (632) 635-0703

Business Hours: Monday to Friday, 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM (GMT+8) Saturday, 7:30 AM to 12:00 PM (GMT+8)

Website : http://www.chemrez.com/

88DB.com one of the media partners of the event

There will also be a fashion show, fun games, hair and make-up competition , nail art competition, Mr. and Ms. Cosmetic pageant 2012 , Best Booth competition and grand raffle for those attending the trade fair. I would like to thanks Mr. Emer Dela Cruz  and MCT events management the marketing arm of the expo .

Contact details: (632) 576-6362, 643-54-90 and 502-15-46

Email: mctevents@gmail.com


 Chamber of Cosmetics Industry of the Philippines, Inc.http://www.cciphilippinesinc.com/default

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