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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

LAKWATSERA LOVERS anniversary giveaway ! :)

I met this young couple (MATT & TEENAY) 2 years ago when  i was still in the Facebook contest world.(Well, i never really left it, lolz). Matt once told me that i was a huge threat on them that is why he decided to add me on fb(and i was like...?@_@?). Admittedly, 2010 was a lucky year for me. I was on the winning side and the lucky stars definitely shone the brightest at me. I'm super glad that i always bumped into them on mall events coz it made us closer to each other. Instantly , i became a fan of their love team. Though Teenay is now on a different land and i'm in a far far away galaxy, still we managed to keep in touch and have promised that we will see each other in 2 years!
Anyhoo, i'm here to promote their anniversary giveaway and you are all invited to join! Lots of cool stuff to be given away!


tickets to movie MIRROR MIRROR

All you need to do is to be a fan of their fan page :

500 likers and y'all good to go!

Go ahead and be a fan, you'll get movie updates every day :))


Oh, to you Teenay & Matt.....

Best wishes,lol!


MOmmy Mundo's EXPO KID year 4!

Let's welcome summer at Expo Kid! 

For more infos, please visit 


Arnee Hidalgo stages Thursday shows in Thunderbird Resort this March

THURSDAY nights at Thunderbird Resort in Taytay, Rizal are going to be more entertaining and enchanting with performances by one of the most distinct and talented Filipino singers Arnee Hidalgo this coming March.

Arnee, who is Thunderbird’s artist of the month for March, is set to have a series of shows at the luxury hotel and resort every Thursday, starting March 1. The sultry singer has been known for her soulful, powerful voice and her almost impeccable performances that captivate her audience through the years.

Musical journey
Arnee started her career as a part of the singing groups Penoy and 14K—both under the tutelage of “Maestro” Ryan Cayabyab. She was also a member of the female teenage trio The Vibe in the 90s.

Her career as a solo artist skyrocketed when her smashing hit “Cold Summer Nights” was released in 2003. Her rendition of the Francis Magalona original became very popular in the local music industry that it was hailed by radio stations as Song of the Year.

She released an album titled “You Got It All” that carried her versions of the popular songs “You Got It All”, “Miss You Like Crazy”, “Inside That I Cried”, and “What Might Have Been”, among others.

OPM advocate
A staunch advocate of Original Pinoy Music (OPM), Arnee is one of the local artists who support “Tunog Natin”, a campaign that aims to revive the Filipinos’ interest for local artists and their records.

Together with rock band Tanya Markova, she recorded a fun, feel-good rendition of “Pumapatak Ang Ulan” for the TUNOG NATIN: Songs from Home Compilation Album.

Arnee is likewise a part of Mang Inasal's “Mang Aawit Music Advocacy Program” that gives Filipino singers and songwriters opportunities and resources to continue creating and performing new and original songs.

As one of the program’s music grantees, she recorded the song “Bakit Ba?” and shot a music video, featuring model-actor Victor Aliwalas. The music videos for the music advocacy program are being played in more than 400 Mang Inasal branches nationwide.

For talent booking inquiries please email Chris Cahilig Talent Services at or call at 6647213 or 6872649 and 92.


Friday, February 24, 2012

"Mums & Tubs club" Lactacyd Baby Bath Baby Care Village 2012

I have been a Mums & Tubs club member for 3 years now and i really love joining their activities coz they have the nicest events and one of the most organized as well. Try visiting their website to know more about them

Mums & Tubs club will be having their Lactacyd Baby Bath Baby Care Village 2012 this sunday Feb 26 2012 at Robinsons Place Manila and everyone is invited!  Please look for the Mums and Tubs Registration lane at the Midtown Atrium of the mall and do invite other mommy friends as well! This will will entitle you  to have additional giveways from Lactacyd! Entrance is totally free! Isn't that awesome? See you this sunday!

Expectant Moms can visit  Lactacyd Baby Bath Baby Care Village on Sunday at the Midtown Atrium of Robinsons Place Manila for a free OB GYNE consultation.


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Avida brings the perks of urban living amidst an eco-friendly environment in NUVALI

MANY families dream of living in harmony with the natural environment without giving up the conveniences they enjoy in the city. Now, this lifestyle is made possible thanks to Avida Land Corp.’s residential projects in NUVALI—Ayala Land Inc.’s 1,840-hectare eco-city development in Sta. Rosa and Canlubang, Calamba, Laguna that is envisioned to become the Philippines’ newest and most sought-after regional growth center.

Houses have modern and contemporary designs

Nestled within this vast land are, Ridgeview Estates NUVALI, Avida Settings NUVALI, Avida Village Cerise NUVALI and Avida Parkway Settings NUVALI. These residential developments combine and harmonize the benefits of community living and urban convenience with the freshness and beauty of nature.

NUVALI is conveniently close to schools, hospitals, commercial establishments, offices—everything that residents would need.  There is also a transport terminal where residents can now commute more conveniently from NUVALI to Makati and vice versa, while shuttle services within NUVALI are available for Avida residents.

“Avida believes that living with nature is good for one’s mind, body, and soul. After battling with the noise and pollution in the city during the day, it is nice to relax and enjoy comforts of home” says Dez Cruz, Avida’s Head of Project Strategic Management Group.

Developments in NUVALI are built carefully with the overall master plan in mind, which allots open spaces to provide residents many opportunities to relax and engage in various activities and make every day an adventure.

“Residents of all the Avida residential properties in NUVALI enjoy the best of both worlds because they are always enjoying the perks of urban living, while staying in touch with nature,” Cruz relates.

Avida Settings NUVALI
Avida Settings NUVALI encompasses 43.5 hectares of land with 45 percent of the total property dedicated to open spaces, giving way to jogging paths, bike trails, orchards, pocket parks. This allows families to be closer to nature and enjoy the outdoors.

Avida Settings NUVALI  is home to over two hundred families to date

Houses have modern and contemporary designs with three types of houses to choose from: Celena, Maia and Thea. Floor areas range from 51 sqm to 88 sqm with minimum lot areas ranging from 120 sqm to 155 sqm.

Choose from three neighborhood patterns – the Traditional block, the Courtyard pattern that gives a more private feel of a neighborhood, and the exclusive Green Ribbon layout that gives you instant access to a garden through your backyard.

Developments in NUVALI are master-planned--which allots open spaces to provide residents many opportunities to relax and engage in various activities

Avida Settings NUVALI is a flourishing community that is home to over two hundred families to date, with some being weekenders or tenants.  Phases 1 and 2 of the development have been completed and are already in the process of turnover to the Home Owners Association, while phases 3 and 4 are for completion within the year.

Ridgeview Estates NUVALI

Living in Ridgeview Estates NUVALI assures families quality community living amid relaxing and refreshing greenery. This community—from the houses, to the amenities and facilities—is designed for maximum eco-sustainability to guarantee residents that their homes remain at their best as when they first moved in.

This residential project has the pedestrian-friendly Greenway, a wide-open space with lush greenery and tree-lined lawns that traverses the whole development. It is divided into two zones so residents can make the most of their leisure and play time. The Active Zone includes a basketball court and children’s play area, while the Social Zone houses the multi-purpose hall and pool area.

AVIDA Settings Nuvali combines the benefits of community living and urban convenience with the freshness and beauty of nature

There are five house types: Chloe, Daphne, Holly, Iris and Jasmine. The floor areas range from 98 sqm to 129 sqm. Minimum lot areas range from 154 sqm to 221 sqm.  The Iris and Jasmine houses have direct access to the Greenway.

Every house in Ridgeview Estates NUVALI is surrounded by natural beauty, with trees and verdant landscaping, that brings nature right to your doorstep.

Avida Village Cerise NUVALI
Avida Village Cerise NUVALI is a 20-hectare community ideal for first-time home buyers, singles and couples who are just starting their families.

Homes here have a cozy, modern design that blends practicality and beauty. They are constructed to be functional, durable and easy to maintain while retaining simple yet pleasing aesthetics. There are three types of housing units: Bernice, Cresta and Phoebe, with floor sizes ranging from 30 sqm to 50 sqm and lot sizes ranging from 88 sqm to 110 sqm.

The amenities in Avida Village Cerise NUVALI give residents the opportunity to have fun in the outdoors. The community has a basketball court and a swimming pool where families can unwind on weekends. It also has pocket parks for people who want to hang out and converse with family, friends and neighbors.

There is also a multi-purpose hall for gatherings and other events as well as play equipment to make spending time outdoors more fun and exciting.

Avida Parkway Settings NUVALI
Avida’s fourth and newest development in NUVALI, Avida Parkway Settings NUVALI gives residents yet another home option that will allow them to live in comfortable harmony with nature. The property features a rolling terrain and offers views of Mt. Makiling, Laguna de Bay and Tagaytay Ridge.

Another unique feature of this residential development is the lush open space called Greenlane, which connects to the main amenity park. Select houses have direct access to this feature that can serve as an extension of their homes. Kids can hang out and run around this area to appreciate nature even more.

The five houses offered, namely Celena, Maia, Thea, Anya and Jana, have floor areas ranging from 53 sqm to 88 sqm and lot areas from 108 sqm to 160 sqm.

An exciting landmark near Avida Parkway Settings NUVALI is the soon-to-launch Republic Wake Park-NUVALI. Situated right across Parkway Settings, it is deemed as the newest and most innovative wake park in the world as it offers land-water-air sports and a recreation area to encourage an active lifestyle for NUVALI residents.

Improving the quality of life
Avida Settings NUVALI, Ridgeview Estates NUVALI, Avida Village Cerise NUVALI and Avida Parkway Settings NUVALI are true to Avida Land Corp.’s commitment of improving its residents’ quality of life with the efficient amenities and facilities that they offer.

Families are assured of 24/7 security, efficient garbage disposal systems, 24-hour water supply, and well-managed neighborhoods.

The amenities are maintained by the renowned Ayala Property Management Corporation, which provides efficient and reliable property management services of all Ayala Land developments.

“The NUVALI lifestyle offers peace of mind and a haven away from the stresses of urban life, while retaining its conveniences amid an eco-friendly community,” Cruz concludes. 


Summer is Hot, but Art is Cool! Art Workshops at Museo Pambata (Children's Museum)

Summer's hot, but art is cool!

Art's Cool is Museo Pambata's summer workshop program designed to harness a child's potential in the various arts. Guided by accomplished artists and expert facilitators, kids learn and hone their craft in an environment of fun and discovery uniquely provided by a children's interactive musem.

Enroll in Museo Pambata's cool summer school for the arts! Enrollment starts March 01, 2012 and classes start on April 10, 2012.


Help your child discover the artist within by joining the creative sessions which makes use of play and other fun activities. Facilitator Hubert Fucio has been an Art's Cool teacher since 2003. He is an award-winning children's book illustrator and a member of Ang InK (Ang Ilustracor ng Kabataan). He has facilitated numerous art workshops for pre-school children and book illustration for teens and adults.

Hubert Fucio

Lesson 1: Fun with numbers and letters
Lesson 2: Fun with shapes
Lesson 3: Drawing Animals and Puppet Making
Lesson 4: Sand Art and Paper Sculpture
Lesson 5: Fun with colors (Abstract and 4D Art)
Lesson 6: Landscape painting and string painting
Lesson 7: Still Life Painting
Lesson 8: Portrait

Class Schedule:
9:00 AM – 12:00 NN
April 10, 12, 14, 17, 19, 21, 24 and 26
April 28 – Culminating Activity and Exhibit Opening

P 4,000 inclusive of materials


Join this integrated art workshop with lessons from mask designing, sculpture, and painting. Discover other areas visual arts through visits to galleries and museums that encourage appreciation of the arts. Facilitating the workshop is UP Fine Arts graduate Marc Cosico, who currently teaches at the Philippine High School for the Arts. He was awarded the Grand Prize for sculpture at the 2010 Metrobank Art and Design Excellence awards. He has been an Art's Cool teacher since 2003.

Marc Cosico

Day1 - Card making(collage)
Day2 - Mask Designing
Day3 - Customize Taka
Day4 - Box Art Assemblage
Day5 - Assemblage Sculpture
Day6 - Painting
Day7 - Art Gallery Visit
Day8 - Group Painting

Class Schedule:

9:00 AM – 11:30 AM
April 10, 12, 14, 17, 19, 21, 24 and 26
April 28 – Culminating Activity and Exhibit Opening

P 4,500 reg fee inclusive of art materials (recyclables c/o students)

Both Visual Art teachers welcome former students. They will reassign different art activities for re-enrolled Art's Cool students.


THEATER WORKSHOPS with Sipat Lawin Ensemble
The Children’s Musical Theater course is a well-rounded performing arts program for children. The course involves acting, singing and dance workshops and mounting the mini-production to be presented in front of a live audience at the end of the program. The performance objectives indicates that the student will: free his body and imagination through interpreting children’s literary works in mime and dance form; allow students the opportunity to express themselves; build confidence and self-awareness among youngsters; integrate language, kinesthetic skills and values learning thru play and empower students to reach their creative potential at an early age.

Classes Offered:

Class Schedule:
Basic Performance Workshop for 4 - 7 year olds & Creative Performance for 8 to 12 year olds
9 AM - 12 NN, April 10, 12, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 24, 25, 26 & 27

Theater Arts Laboratory for Teens
1-5 PM on April 10, 12, 14, 17, 19, 21, 24, 26 & 27

Culminating activity on April 28 (all classes)

P 4,500

About Sipat Lawin Ensemble

Sipat Lawin Ensemble is an edge-work site-specific theater company composed of the young Theater Arts alumni of the Philippine High School for the Arts and their collaborators. The Ensemble focuses on creating new works for the stage to be performed in alternative performance spaces. Sipat Lawin engages in ensemble and collaborative work as the group aims to develop a shared urban community theater experience among artists and audiences inside and/or outside the four walls of the theater.

Sipat Lawin derives its name from Dulaang Sipat Lawin, the resident theatre company of more than 30 years of the Philippine High School for the Arts in Mt. Makilng. The name depicts the freely roaming hawks of Mt. Makiling whose broad range of sight reflects the company’s scope of theatre aesthetics, development, social involvement, awareness and sense of artistic creativity and freedom.



Learn how to effectively and creatively write stories. The workshop is a complete guide to writing stories and the effective use of story's important elements.
Facilitator Genaro Gojo Cruz has written numerous children's storybooks, two of which has been awarded the Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature. He currently teaches at the De La Salle University.

Genaro Gojo Cruz

Class Schedule:
9 AM to 12 NN, April 14, 18, 21 and 25

P 3,000


The Art of Storytelling Workshop is geared towards the promotion of storytelling as an art form offered for children and adults. Storytelling as a literary activity will surely improve reading and comprehension skills through fun approach and strategy. The workshop will also enhance public speaking skills for adults.

Jay Menes of Storyhouse
April 25, 26 and 27, 2012

Class Schedule:
April 25, 26 and 27, 2012
Children's Workshop 9:00-11:00 AM
Adult's Workshop 2:00-4:00 PM

P 1,000 (Children and Adults)

Museo Pambata is the first hands-on discovery children's museum in Manila, Philippines
Museo Pambata
Roxas Boulevard corner South Drive
Manila, Philippines 1000
Telephone: (632) 523.1797 to 98, 536-0595
Facsimile: (632) 522.1246
... Mobile (bookings and reservations only): 0918-382-2212

Museum Hours

Tuesday - Saturday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM (Aug - Mar)
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (Apr - Jul)

The museum is closed during lunchtime (12:30-1:30).

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

The museum is closed on Mondays and other official holidays.

Museum Fees

Streetchildren, infants (under 2 years), museum workers, teachers (with valid ID) FREE

Children and Adults P100.00

Manila residents (with valid ID)
50% discount

*Tour groups of thirty (30) or more can avail of a special discount.

*All programs are FREE with admission unless otherwise stated.


Why Avida is a staunch advocate of OPM

ORIGINAL PILIPINO MUSIC (OPM) is the soundtrack of our lives. That’s something many Filipinos easily take for granted—but just think: what better way to feel hope and inspiration than to hear “Umagang Kay Ganda” in the morning? How could we express romantic love if we didn’t have “Harana”?

Knowing that OPM is a vital part of Filipino culture and identity, Avida Land Corp. is doing its part to keep original Filipino music alive, meaningful and relevant to a new generation of Filipinos.  

TUNOG NATIN OPM ARTISTS AND AVIDA EXECUTIVES show their unity in the effort to preserve and build on the legacy of Original Pilipino Music during the album launch of "Tunog Natin: Songs From Home", an all-OPM album that gives a fresh sound to OPM classics as well as original tracks.

Aside from providing families with quality, affordable homes, Avida is fully supporting OPM-related projects. Two of these projects are the “Tunog Natin!” series of all-OPM concerts and the compilation album “Tunog Natin: Songs From Home”.

“Avida is always looking for ways to help nurture Filipino culture for nation-building. And it happens that OPM is a powerful way to unite us and strengthen our national identity. This is why Avida chose to be part of the concert series and produce the OPM album,” says Tess Tatco, Avida Land Marketing Head

“While Avida is known for building quality dream homes for Filipinos, we also wish to build a strong foundation and home for OPM in the hearts and minds of Filipinos. And besides, we at Avida are big fans of OPM and we wish even more Filipinos would love it as we do,” Tatco adds.

Bridging  past and present
Avida believes that one of the best things about OPM is it allows Filipinos to reminisce about the past as well as enjoy the present. “Tunog Natin: Songs From Home”— which is composed of 10 tracks of authentic OPM music—blends a harmony of classic OPM songs and new musical creations. These songs talk about first love, first heartbreak, coming of age, and other things that everyone can relate to.

OPM likewise links history to younger listeners. Tatco says, “In the album, collaborations between artists of different music genres gave old OPM hits a unique and fresh sound; even young listeners would enjoy the songs. It’s a great way of linking the great, meaningful music of the past to the younger generation.”

An example of such collaboration is rapper Gloc-9 and jazz singer Tricia Garcia’s recording "Kahit Maputi Na Ang Buhok Ko", which was popularized by Sharon Cuneta and written by Rey Valera. Tricia gave the song a sweet, romantic feel, while Gloc-9 added rap verses.

LETTER DAY STORY collaborated with Pinoy Rock legend Joey "Pepe" Smith for a rocking rendition of The Dawn's signature classic "Salamat".

 A showcase of talents
Filipinos are among the best singers and musicians in the world—and their talent shines brightest when they perform OPM. This is yet another reason to love original Filipino music. For the compilation album, Avida gathered together 16 of the best Filipino musical acts from various genres. From promising young singers to OPM legends, “Tunog Natin: Song’s From Home” is a great showcase of Filipino musicianship.

Artists who took part in the album include OPM legends Joey “Pepe” Smith; Jim Paredes; Medwin Marfil of True Faith and Gloc-9; as well as pop divas Faith Cuneta and Arnee Hidalgo. OPM’s most promising young acts also joined the album, including Sheng Belmonte, Princess Velasco, Letter Day Story, boyband 1:43, Myrus, Tanya Markova;, Kiss Jane and Tricia Garcia. 1990s alternative rock icons Mcoy Fundales and Barbie Almalbis complete the line-up. 

JAQ, VOCALIST OF KISS JANE, shows off her charm as well as the all-OPM album, "Tunog Natin: Songs From Home.'

“We have so many great artists and each of them contributes in cultivating OPM. We’re glad we’ve worked with local artists who are very passionate about promoting local music. The album is a celebration of the beauty of our very own brand of music,” says Tatco.

TRUE FAITH FRONTMAN Medwin  Marfil and producer-songwriter Jonathan Ong discuss the importance of OPM in creating a strong Filipino identity and in uniting the nation.

Homegrown artists were likewise featured in the “Tunog Natin!” concert series that Avida supported. Some of the noted performers that joined in the free OPM concerts were Jim Paredes, The Dawn, Noel Cabangon, Jaya, True Faith, Myrus, Arnee Hidalgo and Callalily, among others.

“Both the ‘Tunog Natin’ concert series and compilation album are major contributions to Filipino music. They benefit the audiences who get exposed to quality Filipino music and they help Filipino music artists as well, who get the opportunity to reach their listeners. “We are very thankful to Avida for supporting us,” says multi-awarded singer-composer Myrus.

These sentiments were echoed by Jaq, vocalist of the band Kiss Jane, who is part of the “Tunog Natin” album. “All artists, especially newcomers, need the right opportunities to bring their music to Filipino listeners. Our band joined the ‘Tunog Natin’ concert and the compilation album because we believe in the same advocacy as Avida. We thank Avida for this opportunity,” she said.

OPM unites Filipinos
OPM likewise brings people together, according to Tatco. Music, as they say, is a common language that breaks through physical barriers and dissolves differences.

“A simple song can help in nation building. When we develop a commonality, we are able to communicate with other people despite our differences. In a way, OPM becomes our common language—something that binds us together,” she says.

Calling for support
Avida takes the lead in preserving our Filipino musical heritage through its advocacy; now it encourages Filipinos to renew their appreciation for homegrown artists and locally-produced records.

“We urge every Pinoy to help bring new life to our local music and save the heritage and legacy of Filipino musicians. It’s time we all rediscover and promote OPM,” Tatco concludes.

AVIDA MARKETING HEAD TESS TATCO, explains to artists and members of the press that Avida is an advocate of OPM as its way to nourish and strengthen Filipino culture.

Catch the Tunog Natin: Songs From Home Mall Tour in the following dates and venues: Greenbelt 3 Park, February 10; Trinoma Activity Center, February 11; and Bonifacio High Street, February 14 as part of Avida’s Red Letter Day: Biggest Shoutout of Thanks series of events.


Tuesday, February 21, 2012

“Happy 5th Birthday, Nuffnang!”

NUFFNANG is celebrating their 5th birthday on February 27 2012 and we are all invited!
Sadly, i'm still stuck here in the middle of nowhere and i can't join the event @_@
My commitment and loyalty with NUFFNANG is almost a year now and i'm very much satisfied and happy to be part of their community:))

So here's to you NUFFNANG :

Happy 5th Birthday!!


Monday, February 20, 2012

It’s a colorful life with Casa Quick & Easy Cellophane!

YOUR hair is your crowning glory but keeping it healthy and in style could be very expensive and time-consuming. If your schedule or budget doesn’t allow you the pampering of salon color, you may want to try at-home hair-coloring preparations that are really affordable and easy to use. 

Casa Cellophane is hair-coloring product that gives hair a fantastic shine and adds a layer of color to your otherwise boring locks. It could be the solution to your mane problem if you want to try something exciting and stylish for your locks without having to go to a salon.

Recently, Casa Cellophane appointed the four charming and stylish young men of Original Pilipino Music (OPM) pop group 1:43 (pronounced as “one forty-three”) namely Anjo Resurreccion, Gold Aquino, Kim Nicolas, and Yuki Sakamoto as its endorsers to represent brand’s playful and colorful character.

“I’ve been using Casa Cellophane for a while now and I’ve tried dying my hair red. The red hint of color is just perfect for my skin tone. It’s great that I can style my hair on my own with this product,” says Kim.

Meanwhile, Anjo shares his satisfaction in using Casa Cellophane as it has helped him treat his damaged hair due to frequent hair coloring.

“In our profession we need to reinvent our hairstyles to look our best and be fashionable but sometimes too much styling damages my hair. Good thing, I’ve discovered Casa Cellophane. My hair is now shiny, healthy and manageable,” he says.

Easy-to-use hair product
Casa Cellophane is an easy-to-use hair-coloring product that can be used right at the comfort of your home. By just following the instructions written on the box, you can treat you hair with no fuss. It would only take about 45 minutes to change the color your hair.

Casa Cellophane is the ideal hair coloring product for people who want to save time and money when styling their hair. It’s pretty easy to use you don’t have to worry about ruining your hair.

“What I like about Casa Cellophane most is it provides temporary color to our hair so we can change our hair color whenever we need too,” says Yuki.

“I can go light brown this week, red next week, and medium brown the week after. It’s about time you put a little color in your life,” he adds.

Ammonia, peroxide-free
Another great thing about Casa Cellophane is it’s ammonia and peroxide-free so it’s safer to use than most salon treatments. It’s a gentler alternative to modern day hair coloring methods thus it helps in treating the hair to make it healthy and shiny.

With Casa Cellophane, you can add color, condition, and body to your hair. It also helps in treating dull, damaged hair because it doesn’t contain ammonia and peroxide that could be harmful to the hair and scalp.

Say bye-bye to your colorist and your big, fat salon bills. Casa Cellophane is an affordable and exciting way to style your hair anytime you want.

Casa Cellophane is available at Watsons outlets and SM Department Stores nationwide.


The Cranberries are back in Manila for “Greatest Hits” concert!

THE CRANBERRIES ARE BACK in Manila for their much-awaited “The Greatest Hits Concert” on April 10th at the Araneta Coliseum. The Irish rock band, one of the world’s biggest rock acts in the 1990s, first staged a concert in the Philippines in 1996. They attained a worldwide fan base after releasing their hit songs, which are now rock and roll classics: “Linger”, “Zombie”, “Ode To My Family”, “Animal Instinct”, “Ridiculous Thoughts”, and a lot more.

Stephanie Uy, President of Karpos Multimedia Inc., the producer of the said concert, shares that they are very excited to bring The Cranberries here in the Philippines.

“The Cranberries are going to tour starting March until July, and we’re very lucky because Philippines is the only country that they’ll visit in Asia. We can’t wait to have them here,” she says.

“So if you love rock and you miss the music of the 90’s, this is an event you shouldn’t pass up,” Uy adds.

Pinoy band Franco will showcase their own brand of rock and roll as the front act for  The Cranberries.

Best-selling band

The group—composed of vocalist Dolores O'Riordan, guitarists Noel Hogan and Mike Hogan, as well as drummer Fergal Lawler—was one of the biggest rock bands in the 1990s. Aside from selling more than 15 million albums worldwide, the band has likewise produced four records that were included in the Billboard 200 chart. These are “Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We?”, “No Need to Argue”, “To the Faithful Departed”, and “Bury the Hatchet’.

The Cranberries started touring in Ireland and the UK in 1992; They had their North American and European Tour a few years later. They included Manila on their "To the Faithful Departed" tour in 1996. The success of their concerts paved way to a world tour in 1999.

In early 2000, however, the group went on a hiatus and its members concentrated on their own solo projects. O'Riordan launched a couple of solo albums titled “Are You Listening?” (2007) and “No Baggage” (2009), while the rest of The Cranberries became active in their other bands and music projects.

Reunion and new album
The Cranberries reunited for a successful North American and European tour in 2009. They also recorded their sixth album, “Roses”, which will be officially released worldwide on February 27th.

In an interview with, O'Riordan shared that making the newest record was a great experience for every member of the band.

“It really came together really nicely. A lot of the tracks were written without really thinking about it. They just came. I suppose we had more respect for each other and what we were doing.”

The track list for “Roses” includes: "Conduct", "Tomorrow", "Fire & Soul", "Raining In My Heart", "Losing My Mind", "Schizophrenic Playboys", "Waiting In Walthamstow", "Show Me", "Astral Projections", "So Good", and "Roses".

You can get updates as well as pre-order the album by visiting

The lingering is finally over as The Cranberries will be here once again soon. Get your tickets now at TicketNet (911-5555): Patron VIP (First 10 Rows 101 & 103 - Reserved Seating) - P7420; Patron (Reserved Seating) - P5830; Lower Box (Reserved Seating) - P4770; Upper Box A (Reserved Seating) - P2650; Upper Box B (Free Seating) – 1590; and General Admission (Free Seating) - P530.

If you are interested in sponsoring this highly anticipated rock event, you can contact Chris Cahilig by sending him an email at or calling at (02) 664-7213.


AXA Philippines and the Filipinos’ evolving life insurance needs

LIFE inevitably brings unexpected events and challenges our way. Whether it’s an accident, an illness, the loss of a loved one, an economic recession or retirement, being prepared for life’s twists and turns is essential. Change cannot be avoided. This is why AXA Philippines has a wide range of products and services that help customers respond to their ever-changing needs.

AXA Philippines is a synergy between one of the country’s biggest and strongest financial institutions, Metrobank, and AXA, the world’s number one global insurance brand (based on the 2011 Interbrand Report). As one of the largest and fastest growing life insurance companies in the country today, AXA Philippines has taken proactive steps by redefining its insurance offerings. 

AXA Philippines gives its customers peace of mind in knowing they’re protecting their family's financial future.

“We study the trends in the evolving insurance needs of Filipinos and we are proactive in servicing them. We are focused on  specific customer segments, assessing their needs and goals, and giving them flexibility and control over their insurance plans. By doing this, we help them find the best solutions that fit their life stage and personal preferences. We are always here to give them what they need,” says AXA Philippines President & CEO Rien Hermans.

Insurance for Start-ups
To address the needs of the growing market of young professionals and startup families, AXA Philippines has created easy and affordable insurance plans and services. These insurance products include Savings eXentials and Life eXentials, which are especially made for income and savings protection.

AXA Philippines offers educational plans so parents never have to worry about their kids’ education and future. Many people turn to AXA Philippines in meeting their changing life insurance needs.

With AXA Philippines’ affordable, straightforward plans, customers can have peace of mind knowing they’re protecting their family's financial future.

“There is an increasing number of young professionals and families starting up that are interested in not just savings but also in investments as well.  AXA is the ideal insurance partner for this younger segment because we have easy and convenient process of application, payment, and claims,” Hermans explains.

Personalized financial solutions
Due to the evolving insurance needs and preferences of customers, AXA Philippines offers personalized financial solutions. This strategy has been one of the company’s greatest strengths through the years.

AXA Philippines secures and empowers families by giving them flexibility and control over their evolving financial situation and insurance needs.

AXA Philippines doesn’t just offer generic, off-the-shelf products. The company’s expert financial advisors and financial executives in Metrobank branches use a proprietary electronic FNA (Financial Needs Analysis) tool to match solutions to customers’ requirements.

The eFNA or AXA Life Score is a computer program that helps AXA’s financial advisors analyze and assess a client’s needs and goals. After this assessment, they will prepare a set of products that best suits the client’s requirements. This way, clients are assured that their financial needs are met.

AXA Philippines is also the leader in investment-linked life insurance in the country, with products such as Life BasiX, aXelerator, and 3G-Xceed. These life insurance plans combine investment and protection, giving policyholders the flexibility to choose their own level of protection and the types of investment and funds they want to earn potential upside.

And to help clients enhance their financial protection and get more benefits, AXA Philippines also offers supplements and riders that can be added to their insurance package.

Insurance as investment
In addition to its traditional insurance packages, AXA Philippines has also expanded its product catalog by wealth management solutions.

AXA Philippines helps policyholders manage their wealth so they can protect their loved ones and resources.

“Through the years we have gained the expertise and resources to provide assistance and advice for our high net worth policyholders and those who want to invest in bonds and equities. We’re here to provide them solutions for purposes of accumulating and protecting their assets,” says Hermans.

AXA’s Ambition X is for long-term growth through variable returns from professionally managed funds, while Assure gives life insurance coverage up to age 100 with guaranteed cash values.

3G-Xceed provides customers with guaranteed capital, returns, and life insurance coverage. It has an exclusive offering called aXcess, which gives policyholders the opportunity to invest in the unique Icon Funds—the Spanish- American Legacy Fund and Chinese Tycoon Fund.

Business solutions plans
AXA Philippines’ also offers business solutions plans for companies that want to reward their employees and at the same time grow their assets. These products include Group Variable Life (GVL); Group Yearly Renewable Term (GYRT); Group Personal Accident Plan; Security Assurance For Employee Plan (SAFE), and Group Credit Life.

Young professionals now have convenient access to insurance with AXA Philippines’ easy and affordable offerings.

“Our business solutions are for customers who acknowledge insurance not as an expense but an investment. They recognize that their people are their best assets so they give them the added benefit of coverage from AXA Philippines,” Hermans says.

AXA Philippines’ various products and services are available in over 500 Metrobank branches nationwide. There are 1,500 AXA exclusive financial advisors who are always ready to be of service. Policyholders may also use the  ‘myAXA Click’ facility in the AXA Philippines website ( to access information regarding their policies 24/7.

AXA Philippines has a range of financial solutions to address the varied needs of its clients in terms of education, retirement, and wealth building, among others.

AXA is one of the world’s leaders in financial protection and wealth management. Originating from France, it serves a global clientele of 95 million customers in 61 countries. For more information, please log on to For more information on its products and services, call +632.5815.292 / +632.3231.292 or email