Winners of PLDT Smart SME Nation’s BOZZ Awards

Palace Pool Club , Bonifacio Global City -Taguig City – Philippines

PLDT Smart SME Nation’s in partnership with Rappler, Voyager, Idealspace, Bloomberg Philippines, Uber, Takatack and Airnb. The Bozz Awards was established to recognize Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs ) who have displayed excellence in technological innovation and digital integration .


In the long run , it aims to highlight the crucial role of digital technology in supporting the growth and sustainability of small businesses in the country.

participants enjoyed the pool party 

PLDT- SMART executives and special guests

floating neon balls

The event was held at the posh Palace Pool Club within Bonifacio Global City in Taguig last night with several hundreds of participants from well-known entrepreneurs, SMART -PLDT executives , media practitioners, bloggers , online news , marketing executives among others.

Dr. Cecilio Pedro of Lamoiyan Corporation

Dr. Cecilo Pedro was among the prominent businessman invited in the event.



There were also good food and everyone enjoyed their wonderful time at the pool party .


The competition was tight – over 500 nominations poured in from across the country to compete for the final spots.  The FINALISTS will go through the Silicon Valley Experience care of PLDT Smart SME.

The public voting came down to 15 strong contenders. A panel of industry leaders and the public’s votes determined the winners across 5 categories:


  • Boss for  Mobile Readiness – MOBKARD by Carlo Calimon , OrangeAPPS ,Inc. by Gian Javelona, Olryt Homes Philippine Real Estate by Arthur Olano
  • Boss for E-Commerce- INDIGOBaby by Ms. Denise Gonzales , Renegade Folk by Tina and Regina Sambalido , Kimstore by Kim Lato
  • Boss for Customer Service- Lay Bare Waxing Salon by Paolo Hilario , Homegrown Media by Daniella Yaptinchay, Time Free Innovations by Chino Atillano
  • Boss for Social Responsibility- Bambike by Ryan McClelland, Rags2Riches by Reese Fernandez -Ruiz, Messy Bessy by Kristine Reyes-Lopez
  • Boss for Social Media – Snoe Beauty by Jen Gerodias -Diaz , Happy Skin by Jacqe Yuengtian -Gutierrez nd Rissa Mananquil -Trillo , Jason Magbanua by Jason Magbanua


BOSS for Social Media – “All I wanted to do is to connect to people” -Jason Magbanua

Boss for E-Commerce – Ms. Kim Lato of Kimstore

Boss for Mobile Readiness– Mobkard by Carlo Calimon

Boss for Social Responsibility – Messy Bessy -Ms. Kristine Reyes-Lopez

Boss for Customer Service -Time Free Innovations by Chino Atillano

Note: It was a wonderful night to cap the event, I would like to ” Thank” Ms. Millet Liberato DDB for the invitation extended .

Lamundi Joins Asia E-Commerce Expo 2015 at SM Aura

Lamudi Philippines is the leading online real estate website in the Philippines. With over 90,000 properties and 1,000 brokers and developers online.

Lamudi aspires to help consumers find their perfect home online from the complete assortment of properties for sale and for rent in the country.

Simultaneously Lamudi helps brokers and developers connect to millions of prospective buyers previously beyond their reach. Lamudi is globally established in 30 countries. Lamudi is part of the Rocket Internet Group of companies, the largest incubator of online start ups in the world with headquarters in Berlin and over 100 ventures across 50+ countries.

Previously successful ventures of Rocket Internet include Zalora, Lazada, Zalando, Groupon. Lamudi Philippines acquired in April 2015. The team together currently consists of 80 people. Jacqueline Van Den Ende, the founder and managing director of Lamudi will join Cinstantin Robertz of Zalora and Janette Toral of Digital Club Filipino in the first panel discussion. Asia E- Commerce Expo 2015 (#AECoE) will be at SMX Aura, Taguig on November 25, 2015, Wednesday and brought to you by TAG Media and Public Relations. #AECoE will give you a unique opportunity to learn from, and network with senior leaders from the biggest brands in Asia Pacific region and in which the leading e-commerce experts from emerging markets, award winning e-commerce players and established e-retailers in APAC gather under one roof. Industry leaders will share independent experiences and insights for delegates from different countries. You can be a part of this inspiring environment and benefit from the excellent networking opportunities it offers. It features: Sessions on ePayments, eLogistics and ePrivacy Opening reception Conference programme .

Over 15 local and international high level speakers 30+ sponsors 1 Hour of Speed Networking What will you learn: · Market Analysis · Digital Marketing · CRM · Strategy · E Commerce · Going Global Why you should attend: · To grow your business · To meet investors · 300 APAC Audience · Maximizing cross border e commerce Speakers are leaders from different industries and engaged in momentous pursuits of significance to the ASEAN region and beyond. Attendees are senior business people, high-ranking government officials and media. #AECoE is not just about learning, empowerment and inspiration but a potential future collaboration that’s why we allot time for networking. Speakers confirmed are as follows plus 10 more awaiting for their confirmation.

Asia E Commerce Expo 2015 (#AECoE) is expecting 300 visitors & up to 30 companies to share their products and services in the expo. For partnership/sponsorship, please contact the organizer at 09166299381 or at Registration Fee per delegate: Php 3,000.00 (Inclusion: Snacks, Elegant Lunch, Speed Networking, Conference and Expo.)

Asia E Commerce Expo 2015 will be happening on November 25, 2015 at SMX Aura, Philippines.

Las Flores : A Spanish Style Restaurant in Bonifacio Global City

Ground Floor, One Mckinley Place, 25th St. corner 4th St., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City- Philippines

facade of the restaurant

LAS FLORES, which means “The Flowers“, is a collaboration between the former Barcino owners and the popular Andilana group of restaurants in Barcelona. They flew in a Catalan chef Pepe Lopez to help create an authentic modern Spanish restaurant here in Manila.  The restaurant opened in July 30, 2012 and occupies an area of about 164 square -meters.

botanical illustrations

I quickly fell in love with the place, I saw a lot of illustration and drawings of flowers from Spain and Mediterranean areas that are hung in a portion of the restaurant which emphasize why the place is called ” Las Flores”.

stylish interior

The restaurant can sit up to about 50 to 80 people at any given time. It is also ideal place to hold seminars, meetings and special occasions. There is also an outdoor area which can accommodate more people , especially on weekends .

menu and the company logo

This menu was designed by Mr. Michael Parker. The menu board is like scrap book and you can see the artistry and lovely color combination.

 sliced bread in wooden basket

The restaurant is owned by childhood friends Mr. Dani Aliaga , Mr. Sergi Rostoll with the addition of  Mr. Uri Singla, another childhood friend.  Among the celebrities spotted at the restaurant includes  Ms. Malu Gamboa-restaurateur, Mr.  Rajo Laurel-designer ,  Ms. Solenn Heusaff actress and model, Lifestyle Asia’s  Ms. Cheryl Tiu, Metro Society’s- Mr. Philip Cu-Unjieng , designer  Ms.Rosanna Ocampo-Rodriguez to name a few.

tartar de atum

Tartar de Atum is tuna  tartar , pickled capers, mayonnaise , crispy onion , topped with raw chicken egg and drizzle with calamansi juice and fried onions to add some taste.  ( Php 395)

Mousse de foie con Mango is some sort of appetizer , with bits of ripe mango slices , coupled with the arugula, caramelized pine nuts, and foie mousse was the perfect combination. ( Php325 )

manchego with mango jam and crispy bread

Manchego is a type of Spanish hard cheese made of sheep’s milk.  It was served with mango jam  and crispy bread. According to the chef , It will take up to 36 months from harvesting of sheep’s milk , fermentation process and processing them to make it to hard cheese. The mango jam was created by their restaurant chef .

salmon fish fillet with salmon roe

Salmon and Salmo It  is smoked salmon fillet topped with salmon roe or eggs.  It has ricotta cheese truffle, oil vinaigrette, yogurt sauce and served atop crispy bread pieces. (Php 595).

chorizo iberico with crispy bread topped with sauteed tomatoes

Chorizo Ibérico is a Spanish style dried-cured sausage with spices which originated from the Iberian Peninsula . The sausage is a popular Spanish gastronomic food.  Chorizo can be eaten cooked ,sliced or sauteed with a little bit of oil .  It was tasty and it was one of the first “tapas” offered in the early Spanish restaurants. It comes with two slices of Pan con Tomate  . It is a crispy bread topped with sauteed tomatoes . (Php 315 per 50 gram)

jamon iberico with crispy bread topped with sauteed tomatoes

Jamon Ibérico  thinly sliced- light tasting ham.   It is  perfectly-cured ham is made from the choices pork meat  and has a more subtle flavor which makes it a good appetizer paired It comes with two slices of Pan con Tomate . (Php 990) per serving .

grilled fruits and vegetables

Parillada de Verduras con Salsa Romesco –  Spanish style- grilled vegetable dish has green asparagus, sliced- eggplant, shitake mushrooms, red bell pepper, zucchini, cherry tomatoes, barb led potatoes, whole garlic , white onions topped with rosemary leaves . This healthy vegetable dish is a good match on a tapas meal . I guess that the sliced eggplant, shitake mushrooms, cherry tomatoes and potatoes were an eclectic mix of vegetables and fruits that the Spaniards obtained after their colonization of the ” NEW WORLD”. (Php 425)

croquetas de chorizo

Croquetas de Chorizo- These ball shaped mash potatoes filled with Spanish chorizo then coated with flour and breadcrumbs then deep-fried into golden brown croquettes.  A definite must-try! (Php 215)

gambas al ajillo

Gambas al Ajillo  is a Spanish-Style Spicy Garlic Shrimp- This serving of light, fresh shrimps, chopped garlic , sliced chili pepper with olive oil and bread makes a good starter meal.   A Bucket list ! ( Php 395 )

secreto iberico

Secreto Ibérico – Stir-fried pork riblets served with humus, chickpeas sauce , basil and extra virgin olive oil. The ‘secreto’- SECRET is a specific cut (pork equivalent of the choice cuts) of the acorn-fed Iberian pigs known for its lean meat. Pork meat comes lightly marbled with fat that results to a rich flavor when cooked. (Php 995)

beef angus and foie minis

Beef Angus and Foie minis  – Delicious beef tenderloin from Australia topped with foie ( dusk or goose fattened liver) . The duck liver further enhances the tender beef  flavors . (Php 825) .

huevos estrellados with french fries and chorizos

Huevos Estrellados with French Fries and chorizos   – Spanish dish with  sunny side up eggs, potato wedges, diced chorizo and gambas which come up as an interesting combination (Php.395)

paella de marisco #21

Paella de Marisco #21  – This is a seafood variant of Spain’s most famous rice meal served right in its flat round shaped- pan.  It is a festive and colorful dish because each paella is a treated as work of art, not as a formula. Fresh prawns, clams, mussels , scallops and squid are mixed with arborio rice cooked to perfection . What is interesting about the paella dish is that they are individually numbered . This is also in my bucket list and a trip to Las Flores is incomplete without a sampling of this dish ! This is good for 2 to 4 people sharing. (Php 545) per serving.

flan de arandanos con nata

 Flan de Arandanos con Nata  – blackberries egg flan with cream . This is quite similar with our Filipino style ” Leche Flan” however they have blackberries , cream and mint leaves which add more texture and different flavor to the flan.(Php 275).

Chocolatisimo – is a chocolate fondant with melted chocolate inside. It is served with vanilla flavored ice cream on side. (Php 195) This is prefect for 1 to 2 person .

churros con chocolate and vanilla ice cream

Churros con chocolate  – Churros is a Spanish deep fried- fritters served with warm chocolate and scoops of vanilla ice cream on the side. This is a popular snack in the Philippines . The churros can be shared with 2 to 4 people  (Php 195). This is one of the best churros  that i have tasted in Metro Manila .

Pastel de manzana asada al horno  – This is a caramelized apple cake with slices of baked apple and ice cream. (Php 275) per serving.

Aside from great foods and desserts, this restaurant had also good wine , smoothies, coffee,  drinks too!

 Mr. Uri Singla and with fellow bloggers

Note: I must give this place an 8.95 rating out of 10 for its ambiance, food and pricing . I would like to ” Thanks ” Mr. Uri Singla for the warm accommodation of the group . Muchas Gracias !

How to Get There:

There are hybrid bus station located near the Ayala MRT station – WEST Route. There is a bus unloading station a few meters away from the restaurant. FARE Php 12.00

Another route is from Market Market  then  take  jeep with Gate #1 – Guadalupe route , Just tell the driver that you will go down to Sunlife building or One Mickinley Place – FARE Php 8.50 from Market Market .

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Address: Bonifacio Global City , Ground Level
One Mckinley Place ,25th St., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Metro Manila, Philippines
Phone Numbers
(+63 2) 552-2815, (+63 916) 619-3365
Operating Hours
Monday to Sunday 11:00am to 2:00pm for lunch and 6:00pm to 2:00am for dinner

Bonifacio Global City Branch
Ground Level
One Mckinley Place
25th St., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Metro Manila, Philippines

Phone Number
(+63 2) 552-2815, (+63 916) 619-3365

Operating Hours
Monday to Sunday 11:00am to 2:00pm for lunch and 6:00pm to 2:00am for dinner

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Bonifacio Global City Branch
Ground Level
One Mckinley Place
25th St., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Metro Manila, Philippines

Phone Number
(+63 2) 552-2815, (+63 916) 619-3365

Operating Hours
Monday to Sunday 11:00am to 2:00pm for lunch and 6:00pm to 2:00am for dinner

– See more at:

Bonifacio Global City Branch
Ground Level
One Mckinley Place
25th St., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Metro Manila, Philippines

Phone Number
(+63 2) 552-2815, (+63 916) 619-3365

Operating Hours
Monday to Sunday 11:00am to 2:00pm for lunch and 6:00pm to 2:00am for dinner

– See more at:

Metro Gaisano Supermarket hosting Market Australia

Metro Gaisano Supermarket , Alabang Town Center, Muntinlupa Metro Manila, Philippines

Ambassador Tweddell, Mr. Frank Gaisano ( CEO of Metro Gaisano Retail Stores Group ) and Australian Senior Trade Commissioner Hon. Anthony Weymouth appreciating wines from Australia.

Australian embassy had partnered with Metro Gaisano Retail Stores Group to launch ” Market Australia”  a 3 -week food, beverage, products festival highlighting the quality , range, diversity of Australian products that are available in the Philippines.

Bundaberg sasaparilla

I always buy sarsaparilla and it taste different from the locally produced sarsaparilla . Although the first locally made ones were during the American period nothing beats the Bundaberg sarsaparilla in taste !


Arnott’s Tim Tam

Millions of Australians have grown up with Arnott’s during the past 146 years. For them, Arnott’s is more than a food company – it’s a piece of Australia’s history and a national icon.


Gossips Wine

San Remo pasta , Australia Harvest and cheese


Harvey Fresh

Market Australia will be from March 13 to April 6, 2014

Metro Manila : Alabang Town Center, Market! Market! , Lucky Chinatown , Marquee Mall, Angeles, Pampanga, Metro Ayala Center, Super Metro , Talisay

Bloggers’ Night Tagged hosted by FAME in Taguig

 Taguig City

 Friendly Alliances and Media Expression (FAME), Inc. will host another one-night fellowship for renowned bloggers from food, lifestyle, entertainment, health and wellness, fashion, photography industries on March 19, 2014, 6 p.m. at the Megaworld Showroom, McKinley Hill in Taguig City.

Dubbed as Bloggers’ Night Tagged!, the event will feature FAME brands alongside with its other corporate partners and supporters.

FAME has gone a long way from having only a doctor’s passion to write – a passion that turned to a vision of spreading a word on health and wellness in the country.

Abiding by its mission to promote good health, a healthy lifestyle, sound Christian values, and professional excellence, FAME has become a trusted brand in creating quality publications and providing other services in the country.

Owned by its very own Editor-In-Chief and Publisher Dr. Rafael R. Castillo, a renowned cardiologist, FAME started by giving its doctor-readers the Health and Lifestyle (H&L) magazine, the quintessential guide for the modern-day doctor, which is FAME’s flagship publication.

Two years later, FAME expanded its publication and ventured into commercial publications. DiabetEASE magazine was launched to empower patients and their families with diabetes.

From feature and in-depth stories on medicine, FAME ventured into promoting the Philippine and international tourism and empowering women with its Travel Plus and Zen Health magazines, respectively.

For more than two years now, Vital Signs, one of the latest FAME publications in an eight-page newsletter format, is seen to become the leader in medical news as it synthesizes the most recent scientific and healthcare news taken from notable sources in the field of healthcare, medicine, public health administration read by doctors, healthcare professionals, and even legislators.

So what are you waiting for? Mark your calendars, come along, and tag your blogger-friend! You surely don’t want to miss this year’s Bloggers’ Night event as exciting prizes await all attendees courtesy of FAME’s major sponsors and surprise guest appearances and performances.

We hope to see you there in our best event ever!

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