Wednesday, May 16, 2012

My Happy Mommy Experience with Lotte Xylitol

Mom, Nanay, Momma, Mommy, Mama, Inay, Inang, Nanay, Mudra.. the many names of the first love we ever experienced. I'm so glad there's a day to celebrate and pay tribute for moms, the birth canal of human existence and rock of ages! Moms who endured 9 months of pain and put their child's needs over & above their own.

By any name, moms remain the "ilaw ng tahanan" (light of the home), and sometimes they even become the "haligi, kisame at alulod ng tahanan." :) Being a full-time mom is one of the highest salaried jobs in my field, since the payment is pure love. It's priceless. It has to be one of the hardest jobs in the world and moms deserve more than just one day in a year ( yes?) and we deserve the highest of fives. :)

Mother’s Day is all about making mothers out there feel very special. That is why Lotte Xylitol, the country’s leading dental health gum, and Working Mom magazine and Lifestyle Network, made Mother’s Day 2012 even special with the “Happy Mommy” event. Lotte Xylitol shared one happy day to moms, the women behind every child's smile.

Happy Mommy= Happy Baby
The Happy Mommy event was held yesterday at TriNoMa Mall along North Avenue and EDSA in Quezon City, the activity focused on giving the dear mommies out there a greater reason to celebrate the day that gives importance to their role as the stabilizer, caretaker and light of the home, together with Lotte Xylitol that helps us keep our teeth healthy and strong.

During the event, Lotte Xylitol provides Moms out there the opportunity to have their teeth checked by dental health care professionals. Through a dentist consultation session, Mommies were asked to fill up a “risk assessment” form. This form was of great assistance to the dentists in determining a Mom’s dental health state and in the whole consultation process to give a more accurate and detailed information and help Mommies protect their teeth and keep that toothy white smile.

The “Happy Mommy” event is also the venue for the soft launch of Lotte Xylitol’s Facebook fan page. By simply clicking the “LIKE” at their fan page, mommies received freebies like Lotte Xylitol blister packs. Or, got free photo opportunities at the Lotte Xylitol photo booth. All photos taken for the entire day were  uploaded to the Lotte Xylitol Facebook page.

And the best part of it is after the event, a contest will be held to choose the best smile among the photos of Mommies or Mommies with their kids. The photos with the best smile wins a special prize from Lotte Xylitol.
My little girl playing the Pachinko game! Photo credit: Mommy Lariza from Mom's World of Arts  & Happiness :)
Other Lotte Xylitol activities during “Happy Mommy” include the popular “pachinko” game, plus other booth activities for the kids or the kids with their Mom and Dads, too!
After the event, my babycakes begged for more fun at Active Fun! Yeah, she's unstoppable!  
Also, there were activities happening on the main stage, which includes a special appearance of the Lotte Xylitol mascot. 

I also enjoyed the free pampering services while my princess felt like royalty with her pretty glitter tats and nail art.
Nail art + Glitter Tatto = Love
Oh and I also received a ginormous, sweet Mother's Day treat from Chicco! A huge, huggable pillow! It is now the fave pillow of my darling girl Maia! :) She couldn't sleep unless her legs are wrapped around this pillow. :) The softness of cotton and huggable feel together for the first time in one pillow... Loved it! 

Aside from the TriNoMa, the “Happy Mommy” event also happened simultaneously in 5 other areas such as Glorietta 5, Bonifacio High Street, Market!Market!, Alabang Town Center and at the Marquee Mall.

Lotte Xylitol, plus its new variant, Lotte Xylitol Neo, is a dental health gum that has xylitol, a natural sugar that prevents the proliferation of tooth decay-causing bacteria, and also has “calcium phosphate” that helps re-mineralize or rebuild teeth by bringing back lost minerals in order to make it stronger and healthier. With just 3-4 pellets per day, keep your teeth strong and healthy for that wonderful and gleaming smile.

For more about Lotte Xylitol, visit Like them on Facebook HERE

Happy Mother's Day to all gorgeous moms out there! :)


The Faces of the Uniqlo Philippines Cast Unveiled

Tonight, the quirky Japanese clothing brand Uniqlo has finally unveiled the Philippines cast or its official brand ambassadors prior to the upcoming opening of its first store in the Philippines. Held at the Grand Ballroom of Hotel Intercontinental at Makati City, Philippines, Uniqlo reveals the Filipino faces to exemplify its MADE FOR ALL Philosophy.

UNIQLO, the global apparel brand from Japan announces the complete Cast of highly admired Filipino personalities to embody its MADE FOR ALL Philosophy. MADE FOR ALL is the UNIQLO brand philosophy that captures the company‟s vision of providing casual clothing that is made for all people regardless of age, gender, ethnicity or any other ways that define an individual. The “UNIQLO Cast” plays a vital role in creating a bridge between the UNIQLO brand and the heart of every Filipino.

I personally love this brand. You can read my raves about it HERE and I can't get enough of this stuff. I just can't stop raving about it. :)  What I love most about their shirt is that the crisp feel of linen & soft feel of cotton matched perfectly together for the first time in one shirt. I'm so glad to have my 3rd Uniqlo shirt and I'm gonna rock it all day in a totally Uniqlo way.  There's nothing ordinary about this shirt because Uniqlo pays special attention to it, so you can never take its amazing softness and that comfort feel for granted.

I was really excited to know are the chosen Uniqlo cast in the Philippines. Sadly, I suck at guessing games. LOL

Now, can you guess who they are?

For the first male endorser, here's the clue:

He is a true sports figure, an inspiration for education (with two college degrees), he hosts, does commercial modeling and product endorsements, and also has his own business-all these while projecting a wholesome image.

Yep, he's no other than Mr. Perfect, Christopher John Alandy-Dy Tiu, or “Chris Tiu”.


She loves hosting, singing, acting in movies and now even in theater. She is also a staunch protector of the environment and a popular product endorser just like Chris Tiu. After singing the TV ad jingle of a popular softdrinks brand, there was no stopping..

... Monica Pauline “Nikki” Gil from conquering local showbusiness. :)

The third ambassador is so funny and witty. He is a singer-songwriter, the main man of Parokya ni Edgar, a funk rock/alternative group that made ripples in the early 90s music scene. Their group gave Filipino rock music a truly unique sound that was loved by many Filipino music fans regardless of socio-economic status and age. 

Hmm.. I think it's the guy from my favorite band... Alfonso “Chito” Miranda.  He's the man! :)
"First of all I'm not a rockstar. I'm a musician. I'm just a guy from a band." -Chito Miranda

Last but not the least, she is what you call a “triple threat”. She can act, dance and sometimes sing. She is part of ABS-CBN‟s impressive roster of talents and is a co-host of ABS-CBN‟s hugely popular Sunday noontime show ASAP.

She is ... 
  Maria Izadora “Iza” Ussher Calzado 

"I'm proud to announce that I am one of the brand ambassadors for Uniqlo here in the Philippines," Iza said.

So there you go, meet the Uniqlo Philippine cast...

Chris Tiu, Iza Calzado, Chito Miranda and Nikki Gil are the faces of UNIQLO in the Philippines. UNIQLO believes that the Filipino Cast members exemplify the MADE FOR ALL philosophy in their own daily lives. 

Each cast personifies different characters – sporty, fun, witty, serious, spontaneous — bringing out their own individualities. Despite these differences, they find a piece in UNIQLO that suits their distinct preference. Through Chris, Iza, Chito and Nikki, UNIQLO trusts that Filipinos will identify themselves in every product offering that the brand is set to bring to the Philippines.
Mr. Katsumi Kubota, Chief Operating Officer of Fast Retailing Philippines 
“We are happy that the UNIQLO Cast is finally revealed. We believe that they will be able to communicate UNIQLO‟s brand message and philosophy—„MADE FOR ALL‟—with such zeal and passion, our objective is to let Filipinos know that UNIQLO has clothes for every individual – no matter who they are, what they love or where they are from.. As we say in the company, there is a UNIQLO for everyone,” explains Katsumi Kubota, Chief Operating Officer of Fast Retailing Philippines, during the sidelights of the UNIQLO Cast Party.

The announcement of the four members of the “UNIQLO Cast” serves as a showcase of UNIQLO‟s preparations leading up to the opening of the very first UNIQLO store in the Philippines this coming June 15, 2012, at the 2nd floor of the Main Building, SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City.

Chris, Iza, Chito and Nikki will be seen in the upcoming advertisements of UNIQLO in the Philippines.

Made for all
UNIQLO is a subsidiary brand of Fast Retailing Co. (FR), a leading global Japanese retail holding company that offers clothing under a number of brands, including Theory, g.u., Comptoir des Cotonniers and Princesse tam.tam. With sales of 820 billion yen in fiscal 2011, FR is the world‟s fourth largest apparel retailers and Japan‟s leading specialty retailer with more than 1,100 stores worldwide, including operations in the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Russia, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Japan. UNIQLO operates an integrated business model under which it designs, manufactures, markets and sells high-quality, casual apparel in line with its Made for All philosophy.
With a corporate statement committed to changing clothes, changing conventional wisdom and changing the world UNIQLO is dedicated to creating great clothing with new and unique value to enrich the lives of people everywhere.

For more information about UNIQLO, please visit UNIQLO Philippines Facebook Page and homepage

So guys, see you at the SM MOA on June 15! :)


A Taste of Malabon: Malabon Kulinarya Festival 2012

Yesterday, I have witnessed the launching of the Malabon Kulinarya Festival at Dampa sa Paseo which was held in celebration of the city’s 413th Foundation Day. 
 Malabon Kulinarya Festival
Actually, it was my first time to visit Malabon and I was more than happy to be invited in this festival. Why? Because I’d like to know what it’s like to have a taste of Malabon and to learn more about the unique Malabon cooking style.

Honestly, I only know  two things Malabon is famous for: Pansit Malabon and their bilaos with colorful swirls of kakanin from Dolor's. But then, I discovered almost a hundred of homegrown dishes and delicacies from Malabon like pichi-pichi, pork binagoongan, okoy, lumpiang hubad, ginataang labong, and a lot more. It showcased the diversity of its rich culinary tradition. All the dishes were prepared and presented with a distinct touch and flavor of Malabon.

The food festival  is one of  the highlights of the month-long celebration of the 413th Malabon Foundation Day.  In the opening speech of Acting City Mayor Lenlen Oreta, he explained that they want to share the culinary wonders and distinct taste of Malabon dishes to more people in the country through this festival. He also cited the innate talents and expertise of people in Malabon in the field of food  preparation and culinary arts. It is heartening to see that the officials are making such great efforts in maintaining its distinct food culture despite the continuous increase in the number of fast food chains in the city and impact of urbanization.

Ms. Annie Pascual-Guerrero
There was a cooking demo which was spearheaded by Ms. Annie Pascual-Guerrero, the founder of Center for Culinary Arts (CCA) and a native of Malabon.

She was assisted by Chef Mira Cruz who is also originally from Malabon. They demonstrated how to cook Sumpia and Adobong Pusit Malabon style.

The sumpia which is actually a "lumpia" were made of spring rolls with suahe or shrimps and assorted vegetables like cabbage,carrots, green beans, and kamote, added with ground roasted peanuts and sugar.

Not being a native of Malabon, I didn't know any of them so almost everything there was new to me.  And with a great number of vendors and booths lined up, there was a lot of eating and munching.   I didn't even know where to start digging, there were so many great food to try. 

Mind you, the amount of food was so overwhelming and it was very hard to sample everything all in one go. However, being the consummate foodie that I am, I managed to try just about everything I wanted to try. I elbowed my way to the crowd, grabbed tasty tidbits at every turn and get pretty full in the process. The food is TDF!

Some of the highlights of the food fest include:

Cheesy embutido
Chicken teriyaki
Chicken teriyaki from Jack’s food  haus. So far, this is the most tasty interpretation of chicken teriyaki that I can remember having. 

Judy Ann’s crispy pata. You gotta try it my dear, and I'm pretty sure your palate will be in a happy, happy place. Just, please, don't overeat or else... lol

I forgot the name of this dish ( My bad. Signs of aging, I guess. ) but I didn't forget the taste. The distinct taste is what made it memorable. Delish.

Nanay’s pancit Malabon. 

Nanay's broas, which I didn't get to try. Sadly, it was gone in 60 seconds.

Empananay's Empanada. Now this.. this is my baby girl's favorite. The owner was real sweet to give me a box of ham & cheese empanada. Maia loved them! As for me, I could eat this empanada all day. Good God, they were freaking tasty and how I wish they have a branch here in Mandaluyong, right next where we live.

Ginataang labong. This was the first time I've tried it so I didn't know what to expect, but it didn't disappoint. It was cooked just right and the gata was very flavorful.

I'm going nuts with this peanut butter. Soooo creamy.

I am not a big fan of puto or rice cakes, but these rice cakes changed my mind. lol These were soft, spongy and filled with so much flavor.

Other sweet and delectable attractions are the ff:

I just had one bite of this sweet treat and I'm still in the process of biting, chewing and swallowing it. I think I gotta have another bite for me to relish the sweet taste and texture of this cake. lol

These chocolate chip cookies had a great taste in the wonderful world of cookies. It was chewy, with crunchy edges and blended flavor. It'll definitely give a sensuous rush for chocoholic like me.

I couldn't get over this Turon pinipig. Surprisingly delicious. In fact, I loved it so much that I actually went back for seconds. This one is not to be missed!

Too bad I wasn't able to try the other dishes and just as I was nearing food coma after the food-tasting, we were invited for a sumptuous lunch at the VIP room with Mayor Lenlen Oreta. The lunch was delish. The pork binagoongan and lumpiang hubad were my favorites plus my all-time fave sapin-sapin from Dolor's and Arny-Dading's Peachy-Peachy.

Malabon is truly a place where you can experience the best lugaw, crispy pata, pancit, sumpia and other sweet delicacies without hurting your pockets. It has a lot to offer more than its famous Pancit malabon and it is up to us, guys, to discover these potentials when we travel to Malabon.

On a side note, there will also be a cooking contest on that seeks to discover and develop new talent in the field of cooking on May 21, 2012, to be held at the Malabon Amphitheater.

Overall, it was a fantastic food festival for food lovers young and old and it’s been such a pleasure coming  to this event.  It was a brilliant day, an awesome lunch, and great opportunity to enjoy good quality food with my fellow foodie bloggers, as well as discover new dishes from the city of Malabon. It was a far place for me to visit but it was totally worth it. There was not one dish I didn't like! That said, thanks and much love to Mhel of for the invite, I look forward to the next one. :)

So guys, get your grub on at Malabon and go on a hometown feast for all your senses.