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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Tis’ the season for IHOP pancakes

This Christmas, IHOP is putting its stamp on popular Filipino holiday classics with its special limited edition offers.

“Holidays are a big part of our campaigns,” said Archie Rodriquez, President and CEO of Global Restaurant Concepts Inc., which owns and operates IHOP in the Philippines. He added: “We are proud to celebrate this joyous season with our diners with a Filipino touch.”

IHOP is adding three Christmas specials for the holidays: the Bibingka Pancake, the Dulce de Leche Pancake, and the Malagos Chocolate. Rodriguez says, “We are very sure that these items bring back childhood memories of a more traditional way of celebrating with family and friends in every bite.”

These tasty treats combine IHOP’s classic recipes with Filipino flavors, giving holiday diners the best of both worlds.

Bibingka Pancake
We’re putting the IHOP delicious stamp on a Filipino holiday classic. Served with whole duck eggs, muscovado sugar, and garnished with shredded parmesan, cheddar cheese, and desiccated coconut. Topped with a scoop of butter and served on banana leaf.

Dulce de Leche Pancake
The holidays are sweeter with IHOP’s Dulce de Leche Pancake! Two buttermilk pancakes filled with fresh bananas, spread with dulce de leche, topped with a drizzle of dark chocolate syrup, and crowned with whipped cream.

Malagos Hot Chocolate
Every cup is made with all-natural, single origin beans grown and harvested by Davao’s amazing farmers and cheerfully prepared at IHOP’s kitchen.

New mouthwatering burgers and desserts

Aside from the seasonal Christmas menu, the restaurant recently added a collection of mouthwatering burgers and desserts to make the IHOP dining experience even more delicious.

All burgers come with IHOP’s own secret sauce along with a choice of seasoned fries or onion rings, while the desserts are made with ingredients to satisfy sweet cravings. 

Western Hash Brown Burger
Unleash your inner cowboy with this bad boy made of hash browns, American cheese, tomatoes, and bacon.

Philly Cheese Steak Burger
Taste the classic Southern burger with provolone cheese, Philly meat, green bell pepper, onions, mushroom, and red potato seasoning.

Cheesy Mac Burger
IHOP is placing two comfort food favorites in one! It’s a burger made with cheese lovers in mind with Mac & Cheese, bacon, lettuce leaf, dill pickle and more cheese sauce.

Sunrise Burger

Have a taste of sunshine with this burger made with sun dried tomato pesto, red onion rings, American cheese, and sunny side up egg. 

Bread and Butter Pudding
A thick slice of warm bread pudding topped with a generous drizzle of banana caramel sauce, vanilla sauce, honey pecan nuts, and a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Stuffed and Rolled Chocolate Crepe
Chocolate crepes filled with cream cheese and choco hazelnut spread, topped with vanilla sauce, dark chocolate syrup, chocolate chips, a side of strawberries, and a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

This 2014, IHOP opened three new branches in the country as Filipino diners continued to embrace what the brand has to offer—scrumptious food for afternoon meetings or a heavy dinner after the day’s work.

“We launched new food choices in our menu with more hearty options to serve more diners seeking a great place to dine in during the afternoon for meetings or for dinners after work,” Rodriguez says.

Recently, IHOP Philippines was awarded the International Franchise Operator of the Year Award during the IHOP International Conference held in Phoenix, Arizona.

The popular all-day dining chain is looking to sustain this success for the oncoming year, as it aims to further strengthen its presence in the Philippines. IHOP is slated to open another store in Fairview Terraces, which would be its seventh branch in the country.

To date, IHOP has been serving complete perfect dishes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner across its branches located in Bonifacio Global City, UP Town Center in Katipunan Avenue, SM Mall of Asia, Century City Mall in Kalayaan Avenue, Makati, Filinvest City in Alabang, and Araneta Center.

These branches are open from 7 AM until 11PM on weekdays and until 12 midnight on weekends. The good news is, the flagship branch located at the Bonifacio Global City will be accepting orders 24/7 from December 16 to January 3, 2015.

IHOP caters

Aside from in-house food servicing, IHOP is pushing forward its catering services for consumer and corporate events in onsite and offsite locations.

“At IHOP, Filipino diners get to enjoy all-day dining from original buttermilk pancakes to sandwiches to rib eye steaks,” he concludes. “The brand has been serving delicious food for more than five decades, from breakfast to dinner, and we are proud to create new moments and memories with our diners here in the Philippines.”

Apart from IHOP, Global Restaurant Concepts, Inc. also operates Ramen Iroha, the award-winning ramen house from Japan, California Pizza Kitchen (CPK), P.F. Chang’s, Gyu-Kaku, and Morelli’s Gelato.

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

SuperHero NIo now available at National Bookstore

Calling all ninang and ninongs, here's the perfect gift for your inaanak! Tintin Bersola-Babao’s 6th book, SuperHero Nio. And the good news is! SuperHero Nio is now available at all National bookstore. 

TV host and Mompreneur Christine Babao recently launched her 6th children’s book, SuperHero Nio at the Manila International Book Fair at SMX. And  last week mamu Tintin also launched SuperHero Nio at National Bookstore, Glorietta. Mamu also gave out SuperHero Nio shirts for the kids who attended. 

Her latest book, Super Hero Nio, is dedicated to her son, four-year-old Nio, and to all the children, who are superheroes in their own ways. In the dedication page of her book, Tintin wrote the following: I dedicate this book to my only son, my Little SuperHero Nio.   Nio, like many kids his age, loves superheroes.  Almost every day, Nio (who is four years old as of  this year when the book is published )  would wear costumes – at kiddie parties, when out malling or going to Church, or every chance he gets – even when we are just at home.  There are times that when he wakes up, he’d already want to wear his Batman costume.  

Mamu Tintin also hopes that through this book, kids will learn and imbibe the good characteristics of superheroes.

Congrats Mamu for another sure hits book!!! More kids book to come!!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

G3 series completed with G3 Beat and G3 Stylus, G family in full circle with G Watch R

The premium mobile segment of global technology innovator LG Electronics comes in full swing as the LG G family introduces the G3 Beat, G3 Stylus, and G Watch R to the Philippine market.

The LG G3 Beat and Stylus are off-springs of the multi-award-winning smartphone LG G3.  Carrying the best features of the highly-acclaimed flagship, these new offerings allow Filipino consumers to have the G3 experience at a more affordable price.

Maxene Magalona, LG G3 ambassador

The LG G3 Stylus and G3 Beat

The LG G3 Stylus, LG’s new pen-enabled smartphone that inherits the core DNA of the LG G3, brings a premium stylus experience in a smart priced package.

LG’s proprietary Rubberdium stylus pen slides inside the G3 Stylus, which feels comfortable in any hand and complements the phone’s 5.5-inch large display. Users can pair it with LG’s QuickMemo+ to take notes or draw directly on images or maps in a breeze. The stylus is also compatible with a number of third-party handwriting and drawing apps.

The LG G3 Beat retains the best features and functions of the G3 in a more compact and handy package. A testament that less can be more, the LG G3 Beat comes with a largest-in-class 5.0-inch HD IPS display with a screen-to-body ratio of 74.1 percent, the highest in the mid-tier smartphone segment.

The LG G3 Beat offers impressively thin bezels and a robust 2,540mAh battery. It features the Floating Arc Design first unveiled on the LG G3, boasting smooth curved sides and gradually tapered edges for the ultimate comfort in grip and feel.

Both the G3 Beat and G3 Stylus’ 8MP and 13MP shooters, respectively, carry over the G3’s key camera features such as Touch & Shoot, Gesture Shot and Front Camera Light. Additional UX features that have become standard offerings across LG’s newest smartphones include Dual Window, Smart Keyboard and Knock CodeTM. Both also have the same Floating Arc design with gradually tapered edges, thin bezels and metallic skin back cover that was first introduced on the LG G3. Both devices also sport the revolutionary rear key.

The LG G Watch R

Smart comes in full circle with the new LG G Watch R, which has already garnered global praises for its stylish look, inspired by classical and premium experiences, and smooth and speedy performance.  This is the world’s first watch-style wearable to feature a fully circular Plastic OLED (P-OLED) display at 1.3 inches, taking advantage of every pixel and producing images of stunning color and accurate viewing at all angles even under bright sunlight.

LG G Watch R features a classic design encased in durable stainless steel and aluminum powered by a 410mAh battery, the largest in an Android Wearable to date.  It delivers optimal performance through its powerful but efficient 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor with 4GB of storage and 512MB of RAM, and is completely protected from dust and water resistant for up to 30 minutes at a maximum depth of one meter.

Other impressive features of the LG G Watch R, when paired with a smartphone, include information on weather forecast, real-time traffic conditions, turn-by turn navigations, stock market updates, social media notifications, and travel and restaurant updates.  The device also allows the user to track fitness goals and use the Ok Google feature to send a text message, email, or play songs through the Android WearTM music.

“We wanted to end 2014 with a bang by introducing these innovations to the Philippine market in the fourth quarter,” Jay Won, vice president for LG Philippines’ Mobile division, said.  “With the LG G3 Beat and Stylus, consumers get the same G3 Simple is the New Smart experience at more affordable prices.  With the LG G Watch R, they’re provided with endless possibilities encased in a stylish and compact wearable device.”

Starting this December, Globe is offering the LG G3 Stylus for free at Plan 1299 and it comes with 3Gb mobile internet, Chat Bundle, Photo Bundle, 200 texts to all networks and 10 minutes of all-network calls plus free one-month NBA League Pass Access, free three-month Spotify Premium Access, and free one-month Gadget Care. The LG G3 Beat is free at Plan 999 and comes with 1.5Gb mobile internet, Photo Bundle, 300 texts to all networks and 15 minute of all-network calls plus free one-month NBA League Pass Access, free three-month Spotify Premium Access, and free one-month Gadget Care.  Also at Plan 999, Globe offers a phone and tablet bundle from LG—the LG L60 smartphone and the G Pad 7.0 WiFi tablet.

For more information on LG Mobile’s innovative product line, visit www.lg.com/ph, www.lgblog.com.ph, or www.LGnewsroom.com; like LG Mobile’s official Facebook page ‘LG Mobile Philippines’; or follow @LGPhilippines on Twitter and Instagram.

Julie Anne San Jose holds first hologram concert on Dec. 13!

Are you ready for the Asia’s Pop Sweetheart Julie Anne San Jose conquers the SM Mall of Asia Arena? Finally, Julie Ann will perform on the first ever hologram concert in the Philippines on December 13, 2014 (12.13.14) .

In her concert dubbed as Hologram, the multi-platinum recording artist is set to bring the house down with her powerful vocals, electrifying dance moves and undeniable talent in playing various musical instruments simultaneously using the hologram technology.

When asked on her expectations, "I hope everything falls into place, and ma-pull off. I just really want everyone to enjoy the show that we have been working hard on." Julie Ann answered. 

The concert will be highlighted by an extravagant display of visual effects that will surely elevate the Philippine concert experience.

“Very proud po ako sa upcoming concert na ‘to. Aside from the technological advancements, inaasikaso rin namin ang iba pang mga detalye ng show na talaga namang dapat nilang abangan sa December,” shares Julie Anne.

Aside from getting involved in conceptualizing production numbers of her show, the Kapuso star is also preparing herself for her biggest concert yet.

Marami pa akong gustong ipakita sa fans ko na kaya kong gawin, at the same time, very passionate talaga ako sa ginagawa ko,” she adds.

Joining her are some of the country’s best male performers: Asia’s Romantic Balladeer Christian Bautista, Youtube sensation Abra, Kapamilya star Sam Concepcion, and other surprise guests that will make the night even more memorable.

Julie Anne has come a long way since her career was launched in Popstar Kids, the singing competition which aired on the former GMA QTV in 2008. Since then, Julie Anne has appeared in numerous TV series, variety shows, and films. She also lent her voice to several theme songs for the programs and specials of the Network.

Hologram is produced by Tarroza Entertainment Productions. For more updates on her concert like and follow Julie Ann San Jose on facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

SkinStation Now Open at SM Megamall

In celebration of SkinStation's 10th anniversary they finally opened their 20th branch at SM Megamall. SkinStation's flagship branch is the biggest branch to date with 12 luxurious, private treatment rooms.

SkinStation is a skin care company that utilizes science to give us the best value in skin and body solutions. Formerly  known as Godiva Skin Station, the popular clinic chain has undergone rebranding to SkinStation under new corporate ownership, My Sanctuary Wellness Center, Inc. Following the sale of their Godiva skin care business in 2010, founders Fred and Carleen Reyes have formed My Sanctuary Wellness Center, Inc. to run and manage the new and upgraded SkinStation.

Overall design of SkinStation branches is tasteful and minimalist to promote relaxation, soothe the senses and calm the mind. It has individual treatment rooms for utmost privacy, which their discriminating clientele require. Doctors are available for consultation and doctor's services. Aestheticians are well-trained and have years of experience in providing the best service every client deserves.

Mrs. Carleen Reyes and her wonderful friends.

Congratulations to SkinStation, Cheers for more branches in the Philippines. To know more about SkinStation, visit their websites  at www.skinstation.ph and like them on facebook at www.facebook.com/skinstationph