NBA All-Star and Minnesota Timberwolves Kevin Love to Grace Master Game Face All-Star Challenge

SM Mall of Asia – Music Hall , Pasay City -Philippines

It was an afternoon of fun filled activities, with thousands of screaming fans from different parts of the country. The activities started at past noontime when several teams from different parts of the country met at the finals of face-off challenge .

Team Manila and Team Davao

The  finalists from Team Manila and Team Davao had their ultimate face-off challenge 3 on 3 challenge , with Team Manila clinching a total of 15 points to win the coveted Php 100,000  and gift packs from Master Eskinol .

There were on the spot raffle contest where a lucky visitor won an exciting Samsung Galaxy S-5 winner .

Team Chris Tiu and Team Marc Pingris

De La Salle University Pep Squad

Kevin Love

We are excited to bring to the country three-time NBA All- Star player Mr. Kevin love. Dubbed by the Associated Press as the new face of the Timberwolves franchise, we will see him put his MASTER Game Face  on to electrifying Pinoy basketball fans with his skills and signature moves to elevate Master Game Face to an even higher lever this 2014 ” said Mr. Jonathan Pua – Unilever -Philippines Male Grooming brand manager.

Tickets to the Master Game Face All Star Basketball Challenge featuring the PBA, UAAP and NCCA players plus NBA STAR Mr. Kevin Love to be held on June 21, 2014 at SMART Araneta Coliseum can be purchase from Ticketnet outlets or at their Website:

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Yamaha Technician Grand Prix -Philippines

Music Hall , SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City- Philippines

Music Hall

Yamaha Motor Philippines Incorporated. plans to rev the hearts of many through the first -ever Technician Grand Prix in the Philippines. bearing the tagline ” Making a Difference in the Race for Service Excellence ” , The TGP poses a great challenge to Yamaha Technical Academy technicians to show off what they have learned and become the best in their fields .

The competition is joined by certified YTA technicians with  minimum level of YTA silver who is a regular employee with at least a year of work experience in Yamaha 3S shops. The mood is very festive with on the spot raffle , Yamaha Motor membership booth , friendly sales staffs . I even won some Yamaha backpack bags ! Yippie!!!!!

The regional TPG was held last November 2013 simultaneously done at the Yamaha head office in LIMA Technology Center and Yamaha Cebu Sales office, garnering a total of 67 participants.

Yamaha- Philippines 10 finalists

 From there , only 10 advanced to the national competition . These finalists received a plaque of recognition plus Php 3,00 worth of Yamaha apparels and other items.

L-R Mr. Vince Alquizalas, Mr. Yukio Fukada, Mr. Tomoyoshi Inoue and Mr. Sam Macapulay

The technical crew competed in Three categories : Written Examination , Salesmanship and the last one is the Technical Trouble-Shooting of motorcycle parts for the National finals .

The grand winner will take home a trophy, a motorcycle unit and will be our country’s representative for the WTGP 2014 in Japan.

2014 National finalists includes Mr. Edwin Aranguren from Misamis Oriental, Mr. Noel Bigay from San Pedro , Laguna, Mr. Conrado Bucar , Mandaue-Cebu , Mr. Joel Hidalgo- Pasig , Metro Manila ,  , Mr. Arpee Obina -Rosario, Cavite, Mr. Wilfredo Perez- Balayan , Batangas, Mr. Jade Pondar -Trans Cycle , Ozamiz , Misamis Occidental , Mr. Ramel Realin – UEMi , Urdaneta , Pangasinan , Mr. Calvin Kenneth Tan , Malabon, Metro Manila and Mr. Wilson Torres – Lemery, Batangas

There are about 5,000 participants in the World Technicians Grand Prix in Japan with 2 categories small motorcycles units and big motorcycle unit.

brand new Yamaha motorcycle awaits the National Grand Prix winner

The winner of the Philippine leg elimination will also win a Yamaha motorcycle , trip to Japan and some bragging rights.

Yamaha Motor Philippines Inc. :


Looney Tunes Sale

poster of the event

MCT event management in cooperation with SM Mall of Asia , for a minimum purchase of Php 500 single purchase have a chance to meet and greet your favorite Looney Tunes characters on  March 31 and April 1, 2013.

For more information about this event:

Mr. Emer Dela Cruz
MCT Events Management
Office: 399.2935 / 643.5490 / 576.6362
Mobile: 0920.953-7153 / 0922.831-2601 

Marian Exhibit at SM Mall of Asia

SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City

A unique exhibit of 50 life-size canonically crowned and miraculous images of the Blessed Virgin Mary   from November 7, 2011 to November  29, 2011 at the Mall of Asia in Pasay City.

Entrance to the marian exhibit

For the past 5 years Radio Veritas has continuously been informing on and propagating the devotion to our Mother through their Grand Exhibit held in different malls and schools throughout the country.


The event was organized by the  Radio Veritas 846 Radyo Totoo is the official  Catholic -run tri-media company with its AM station and is the official radio station of   of the Archdiocese of Manila.Its mission is to further spread the central role of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the life of the Roman Catholic Church.

Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria

Camarero: Joseph Anthony Sy- Quimsiam 

The cult of the Virgin of Candelaria or Our Lady of Candelaria (Virgen de Candelaria, Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria), popularly called La Morenita, celebrates an apparition of the Virgin Mary on the island of Tenerife ,  one of the  Canary islands in (Spain). The center of worship is located in the city of  Candelaria .  This statute standing on a pedestal  is over 6 feet tall with artificial tree with pink colored flowers at its background.

Our Lady of Veritas and picture portrait of Blessed Pope John Paul II

The relics of Blessed Pope John Paul II, known as the Marian Pope, are also on display.

Our Lady of Porta Vaga

According to one of the organizer of the event, some of the life-sized images of the Blessed Virgin Mary are already several decades or even centuries -old.


Camarera : His Eminence Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales, DD.

One of the most important Marian images are from Manila Archbishop  Gaudencio B. Cardinal Rosales. 

Origin of the word :

The image on top of a tall bush among kingfishers called casay-casay (pronounced by the Spanish as Caysasay). The priest and the townsfolk took it as a sign that this is the place where the image would want to stay so a chapel was built on the spot.

Nuestra Señora de Peñafrancia

The exhibit carries the theme “Miracles and Healing Grace.” according to Bishop Honesto F. Ongtioco encourages the faithful “to strengthen their Marian devotion by visiting the exhibit.


Origin:  The image of Our Lady of Aranzazu dates back the fifteenth century, this was on June 11, 1459 in an obscure place in the mountains of Aloña, Province of Guipuzcoa located in the northern-most part of Spain.

A young shepherd, named Rodrigo de Baltzategui, son of a carpenter of the nearby town of Oñate, climbed up the mountain one Saturday noon in search of his flock of goats. Unexpectedly, he thought he saw a vision of a beautiful Lady with an infant in her arms. He approached the heavenly visitor trembling. The apparition spoke to him: “My son, go tell your father to build me in this site a tiny shrine of five thin boards and seven tiles. You will call this a shrine, I assure you that it will be famous in time, that a great number of my children will come here to honor me with songs of praise and attend holy Masses here.”

Afterwards, Rodrigo heard the sound of bell ringing although nobody was around and to utter amazement he discovered a small stone image of a seated Virgin holding an orb on her right hand with Her Son atop a curved thorn-tree trunk. He knelt before it, recited the Hail Mary and other prayers he knew, and later with great reverence, he covered the holy image with branches and other things he could lay his hands on. And because it was getting dark, he brought his flock home.

                                                                          Our Lady of Aranzazu with herd of sheep

The young boy relayed the message to his father and to the other residents of Oñate. It was summertime and there was a severe drought in the land. The people were preparing to make a penitential procession to ask for rain. Rodrigo approached the one in charge and told them the request of the Virgin, with eloquent faith in the miracle. He warned them that unless they construct the shelter for the image in the mountains, their prayers will not be answered. He insisted on this with so much faith that the people began to be curious and the excited residents of Oñate decided to climb up the mountain, guided by Rodrigo. The clergy and the civil authorities of the place did not put any objection to the popular will of the curious populace.

Upon reaching the place, they found the image resting on the entangled prickly branches of the thorn-tree and the cowbell hanging at the foot of the small image. The image had a serenely sweet face and of majestic mien. The cowbell was an antique quadrilateral bronze bell. The people were all astounded and believed what they saw. Everyone prostrated and did homage to the image and afterwards they went back to spread the news of the miracle.

Because of the unusual circumstances connected with its discovery, the image came to be known under many names, namely: Our Lady of the Thorn-tree, Our Lady of Askartza (local name of the place of apparition) and Our Lady of the Bell. But because of the lady’s request it has been called and crowned to this day as Our Lady of Aranzazu.

In the Philippines, This image is venerated in  San Mateo and Montalban  in  Rizal  province , Carcar in Cebu province .

Relics from different saints and holy person on public display

Relics may fall into several categories:

First class relic : parts or body  of the saint ( hair, bone flesh) normally considered as precious and rarely entrusted to any individual but are placed in faith communities .

Second class relic :  A second class relic is any object that a saint touched or used during his lifetime. An example would be an item of clothing he wore or any of his personal belongings. This is different from a first class relic, which is a part of a saint’s body (his blood, bones, hair, etc.) second class relic maybe sub-divided into 2 category .

Third class relic:  maybe a piece of cloth touched to an actual 1st or 2nd class relic. This is the mot common type of relic.

OUR Lady Of China 

Pope Benedict XVI has declared the year 2012 as the Year of Faith to strengthen devotion to Mary and faith in God.

The exhibit open from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm

For inquiries, please call  Ms.Charice Renee Jose at telephone number 925-7931 or cell phone numbers 0915-5156417, 0919-6139983 and 0922-8598325. 

Note:  Edited version of this may be found in some newsletters



Atrium -SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City

Lego Philippines in cooperation with SM Mall of Asia , Department of Tourism staged the first ever Philippine map complete with scenic spots  fully made by Lego.

18 Feet X 30 Feet Relief Map of the Philippines

The event is well-received by the crowd and even legion of foreigners were amazed on the exhibit.  One of the foreigner said that the exhibit is very colorful.

Lighthouse in Basco, Batanes

Paoay Church , Bangui Wind Mills in Ilocos Norte

colonial houses in Vigan , Ilocos Sur complete with horse drawn carriages 

World Famous- Banaue Rice Terraces

SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City

Mayon volcano and Butanding (whale shark )

Another eye catching exhibit was the attraction from  Bicol region , the region  is world re-known for their Mount Mayon and Cagsawa Church ruins,  also on display is the Pating – Bulik  popularly called Butanding  on display . Whale watching had become a favorite tourist attraction in the towns  of Pilar, Donsol in Sorsogon province.

crocodile farm in Palawan

Social Responsibility

  Aside from creating awareness about the beautiful tourist spots in our the country , The exhibit also allowed  visitors to make a concrete contribution to our country through the SM Foundation. In the “Brick House for Children” corner, guests are asked to donate P1,000 and in the donor’s name, a Lego house is displayed to symbolize the donation. The SM Foundation will be the lead agency to identify Department of Social Welfare and Development or DSWD’s centers for children who will benefit from this project. According from a reliable source,  the event had already collected more than one hundred thousand pesos !

Bohol chocolate hills and tarsier

Museo Iloilo

Davao Pearl Farm , bust of  Davao Eagle  , Samal houses and Bukidnon provincial capitol

close-up view of vinta from Zamboanga

stilt houses of Sitangkai , Tawi-tawi province

The colorful lego exhibit is until August 27, 2011 and everyone is invited to come and see the many tourism spots , festivals , natural  ,  architectural and man made  wonders of our country. A friend who collects a lot of lego toys  invited the author to come to the opening of the event last August 12, 2011 but the author manage to went to the  venue   a few days later.

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