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Monday, December 1, 2014

Langford's Place Cafe in Iloilo

I've been hearing a lot of great reviews about Langford's Place (located at B.S. Aquino Avenue, Mandurriao, Iloilo City, Iloilo, near Philippine Airlines Office in Mandurriao - or near SM City Iloilo). The place has a homey ambiance and the first visit to the place proved to be a great experience. There were a little bit of inconsistencies during the consecutive visits, but the crew have been open to our feedback and they tried to be consistent when we visited next.

The foods are reasonably priced and tasted quite nice as well. Favorites have been the peach mango crepes and ham and cheese omelette! (sorry Dova, your omelette is definitely topnotch, but Langford's quite a good one as well)

Ham and Cheese Omelette in Langford's Place at Php 100

Brunch Meal at Langford's: Bacon Pancake at Php 100

Langford's Place
Address: B.S. Aquino Avenue, Mandurriao, Iloilo City, Iloilo
Phone:(033) 396 2138

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Does Anybody Know of a Great Corset Seller in Iloilo?

Benefits of Wearing Corset: Does it Really Help Lose Weight? 

Lately I've been obsessed in trying to lose weight. Every afternoon for a couple of weeks now I would play badminton with our neighbor to try and balance out my activities and I would have my evening tea as they were known to help in better digestion

Yet, I still feel that I don't progress as much. Let's face it - 60 kilos for a 5'1" woman is not healthy. It's not about looking and feeling sexy anymore. I feel heavy and while I do the best that I can to lose weight with daily exercise, regulated diet (I even only eat oatmeal for breakfast and dinner), I still haven't gained my desired weight.

So now I'm looking for some help. Enter the corsets.

I've previously looked at its benefits when I was in Singapore and while it may not effectively help me lose weight, I think it will help with my posture and will give me constant motivation to keep doing what I'm already doing. More research on the subject whether corsets really help lose weight and what are the benefits of wearing it led me to Lucy Corsetry's article on its physical benefits and below are some of my favorites. 

Physical Benefits of Wearing Corset: 

1. Helps correct posture

Corsets prevent scoliosis patients from worsening of their curvature once they no longer have a brace, or they may be used to prevent back pain from the curve. Some experienced corsetieres have even designed corrective corsets that may help to reduce the curve over time.

2. Help lessen migraines and headaches

Corsets have also been known to reduce the intensity of headaches or migraines, and over time, stop them completely as proper posture can take tension off the neck and shoulders. Also, by potentially reducing the hyperlordosis in one’s spine, the corset can act as an orthopedic traction unit to prevent the spinal cord from being pinched or stretched (thereby healing or preventing nerve issues).

3. Shapers

Corsets are used to reshape and feminize the figures of transgendered women, or genetic women with deformities or figures they consider to be less desirable.

4. Prevent cramps

Corsets are helpful in minimizing menstrual cramps in women. Many women temporarily relieve their dysmenorrhea by lying in the fetal position, which exerts pressure on the peritoneal organs and somewhat decreases the painful uterine contractions. Corsets can mimic this position by exerting pressure on these same organs, reducing uterine contractions (and thus cramping) while her posture remains erect.

5. Help in losing weight

Corsets may be used as a weight loss aid – they act as an external gastric band and do not allow much expansion of the stomach, thus helping to control appetite and reduce food portions. Wearing a corset can also help the wearer to see themselves as a smaller person, ‘planting the seed’ of belief in their minds that weight loss is achievable, and acting as a strong motivation for these wearers to improve their nutrition and fitness regimen.

6. Help achieve hourglass figure

Corsets give some women an hourglass shape that they may never be able to achieve naturally (through diet and exercise). Medications like steroids or conditions like thyroid abnormalities or PCOS make weight loss nearly impossible. On the other end of the spectrum, some patients with hyperthyroidism, pituitary issues, extremely fast metabolisms or muscle wasting conditions may find it difficult or impossible to put on weight. However, the use of corsets can make it possible for women in both these situations to temporarily experience more of an hourglass shape even if their current gene expression or health situation dictates otherwise.

Corsets can change a woman’s figure semi-permanently through changes in muscle and fat pad morphology. Many athletic women use corsets to make their waists smaller. Female body builders have used corsets to reduce the size of their waists so they will have a more competitive edge in fitness competitions. Ex-professional swimmers have also used corsets after their careers to help reverse the effect of the “Swimmers’ barrel chest” and give them back the smaller ribcage they had before swimming.

7. Ease in bowel movement

In those who have slow bowels/ constipation issues, the pressure of wearing a corset can sometimes stimulate the intestines and may allow a brief increase in peristalsis directly after taking off the corset, making it easier to have a bowel movement. In those who have issues with diarrhea or fast bowels, wearing a corset  snugly can sometimes slow down peristalsis, possibly lengthening the time between bowel movements. *this doesn’t work the same way for everyone – if you have abdominal pain, bloating or irregularity, ask your doctor before you’d like to try corseting.

Where to Buy Corset in Iloilo?

Okay so I'm totally sold with the idea of buying corset. However, a quick search for any good stores where I could buy corset doesn't provide much good results. I've found a couple of inactive sellers on Sulit (now OLX) but I don't want to order online as I want to make sure it fits me perfectly and I needed to check on the quality of the corset too. 

Me and my mom went to SM Delgado to try and look for one in their women's department but we were referred to Triumph Ladies Underwear section and was shown a body shaper which I've also previously gotten at a super expensive price in Singapore. Triumph products are really great by the way! Love their undies :)

So if any of you have any leads as to where I could buy a corset in Iloilo - let me know in the comments below!

Sunday, January 26, 2014

You Would Not Know These Things About Baguio Unless You Visit the City

Must Visit Places in Baguio

The year 2014 started off really awesometastic! I got a chance to finally go to one of the places in the Philippines that I've always wanted to go - Baguio (the Summer Capital of the Philippines)

It was through the Youth Empowerment for Stronger Communities (YES-C) Program Workshop on Using Social Media to Empower Communities held at the Consuelo Center for Leadership and Social Innovation, CFSPI Baguio City.

This photo collage pretty much sums up my Baguio experience - nice weather (a little too cold for  me but hey it was cool!) and nice people!

I've got to meet and help mentor 71 aspiring youth leaders who attended the Youth Empowerment for Stronger Communities Program that was organized by the Child and Family Service Philippines, Inc in partnership with the Embassy of the United States of America - Manila.

Me speaking in front of the youth of Baguio reminding them of the importance of ABC when using social media - Always Be Checking

During their workshop, they've personally met the US Ambassador Philip Goldberg and got the privilege to ask him questions such as his favorite Filipino foods and even his message for the youth.

After the workshop, I've gotten a chance to explore some of the must-see places in Baguio like Burnham Park, Botanical Garden, Mines View Park, Wright Park and even stroll the streets of Session Road and noticed some of the things that I probably wouldn't have learned about Baguio if I didn't go there and see and experience for myself. 

1. The fruits and vegetables are really so fresh and so affordable!

Baguio supplies huge amount of fresh vegetable and fruits that's being consumed in the Metro Manila. On our way to the session road, I see some fruits being sold like grapes at Php 90 / kilo (normal seedless grapes are being sold Php 180 / kilo).

The cleanliness of the streets were so noticeable too! 

2. They have really breathtaking view!

Overlooking the Mines View Park - Appropriately names for its breathtaking view of mountain ranges and Baguio's "mineral bowl where gold,silver and other ores were once quarried.

 3. You can buy happiness for Php 250 half an hour!

Okay maybe not 'happiness' but horseback riding for half an hour..which to me is almost the same.

4. They may have the coldest temperature in the city, but they sure do have some of the warmest people!

The youth which I taught on how to use social media responsibly were kind enough to show me around the city and I learned  from them about the history of Baguio, about which places to go and not to go.

 5. They have this view...

6. And this one too...

And probably many other breathtaking places and more (that I didn't get a chance to go on the little time I spent there), plus I've only been to the 'touristy' places and not in the those path less traveled so it's not fair to say Baguio is really pretty because I know there are so many other beautiful places in that city that I've never been! If you're in the Metro Manila, plan a trip to go to Baguio because it's just worth it. 

It's definitely a different experience. 

Would love to thank the CSFPI Family for the warm welcome, US Embassy - Manila (special thanks to Jay de Jesus and Eren Joy “Ej” Bautista) for allowing me to take part in such a wonderful program that truly inspires the youth to become their best selves and to realize their potentials and really empower them and of course, thank you to all the mentors who helped in facilitating during the event.

Sunday, March 31, 2013

On Being Filipino: The Things I Don't Understand

Why There's Such Thing as "Pinoy Pride"?

I'm a proud Filipino. Take me anywhere but you can't take away the fact that I'm Pinoy. I was blessed to be morena (brown skinned or 'black beauty' as my teachers in grade school fondly called me). I'm Filipino in all aspects. Put me in an international crowd and people would easily spot me as a Filipino. Why? When I moved to Singapore, I was the only one in the office who wore jeans. My office mates were all wearing dresses, but this didn't bother me. 

What bothers me now is the widespread sense of "Pinoy Pride". Don't get me wrong. I, myself, am guilty of this but I don't understand why such thing exists in the first place. 

Pinoy Pride is when a Filipino (even 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/10) would accomplish something at an international level and almost every Filipino would consider the success as their own. 

I think it's a noble thing. We all gang up and unite in celebrating a fellow Filipino's success. 

Yet, it really puzzles me why such mindset would exist. 

I bet every Filipino who've seen that in their Facebook Newsfeed would have been tempted to read the article just because a product by Filipinos is getting some international traction. The same is true when a Filipino singer is part of an American film, a Filipina actress has become a lead in a band or a dancer at an international arena, or a poet, or a scientist. It doesn't matter how big the accomplishments are as long as it's at international level, all Filipinos would be proud of the person. 

Again, in a way this is good.

However, it makes me wonder why would we make of a big deal of the accomplishment as if it's something we can't just normally do. We don't call Facebook an American company and I bet they don't make headlines such as American Harvard Undergrad Founded the Largest Social Networking Site, To Date.  

It feels like we've unconsciously placed ourselves at the lower rank when compared to other nationalities that every time a Filipino accomplishes something big and at international level we'd climb one step higher in the rank. It feels like we've unconsciously  taught every Filipino to strive higher just because we have to compete and prove our worth to the world. While it's good to be proud of the accomplishments of other Filipinos, I hope we'd continue to do great things and not compare ourselves to other nationalities. 

We can naturally do what others are capable of. Period. 

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Holy Week Is More Fun in the Philippines

No priests available, gardeners took over. 

Holy Week: #ItsMoreFuninthePhilippines

Friday, March 22, 2013

Nick Vujicic in Manila on May 18 and 20, 2013

Nick Vujicic: LIVE in Manila on 18 and 20 May 2013

Nick Vujicic, known as "The Man with No Limbs" and "No Arms, No Worries", will be in Manila Philippines on May 18 and 20, 2013. His story of overcoming a limbless life with the message of hope and strength found in Jesus Christ alone, has reached millions of people at conferences and churches worldwide!

Image Source: Becca Music

How to Book Tickets

For tickets, you may call call 911.5555 or 9105352 for inquiries.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

It's More Fun in the Philippines | DOT Official AVP

Why It's More FUN in the Philippines

Being in another country (aka Overseas Filipino Worker), I appreciate my beloved country even more. I appreciate just how sumptuous tuyo, daing, puto, dinuguan, dinengdeng, and many other Filipino delicacies. I miss the fiestas. I miss the lechon. I miss a lot of things. Most of all, I miss the cheerful attitude of my fellow Filipinos even if we're currently in some challenging situations. 

Below is the newest AVP by the Department of Tourism. It shows just how colourful and fun our country is. Have fun watching and let me know in the comments below what do you miss about the Philippines!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Philippine Art Trek VI: Vue Privée

Vue Privée: Exhibition of Art as Part of Philippine Art Trek VI Exhibit

I couldn't be more excited for November 2nd and attend the Vue Privée with the theme “Imagine”. It is an exhibition in partnership with the Philippine Embassy, as part of Philippine Art Trek VI, a series of exhibits by established and emerging Filipino artists, spread over a month across some of Singapore’s top art galleries.  

The latest salon experience will bring together nine exciting names in Philippine art for one of the biggest annual expositions of Philippine art outside of the Philippines. Artists included in Imagine are Arnica Acantilado, Tyago Almario, James Gabito, Ronald Jeresano, Lester Rodriguez, Jeffrey Salon, CJ Tanedo, Cris Tuazon, and Michael Villagante.

The VIP opening will be held on Friday, November 2, 2012 from 6:30-9:30pm at [VP]’s salon located at 63 Spottiswoode Park Road. 

What: Vue Privée: Exhibition of Art as Part of Philippine Art Trek VI
When: November 2, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Where: 63 Spottiswoode Park Road

 To attend, you may RSVP through this link

Vue Privée
63 Spottiswoode Park Road
Singapore, 088651

Opening Hours:
Sat – Sun: 12 – 6pm
Mon – Fri: by Appointment

For an appointment,
kindly contact:
Tanya Amador
Gallery Manager
T : 6225 8506
M : 9298 5210
Peace Deployed by Jeff Salon, 60 in x 48 in, oil on canvas

“Imagine” explores the possibility of a world without pain, wars, hatred, imbalances, and fears, representing the artists’ aspirations and dreams. Portraying a world that the artists’ wish for and causing them to wonder if this imaginary world would still fuel their artistic imagination. Contained within the works the viewer sees what people would supposedly look like and what would be reflected in cities and nature. This show hopes to stimulate discussion and poses the question, “What is truly important in life?”

Be inspired by a world of fantasy or a world mirroring a true reflection of what you wish it could be. Take a brief moment… Imagine…

The Ambassador of the Philippines, H.E. Minda Calaguian-Cruz will be present on the VIP opening night. 

Below is the full list of the schedule of events for the Philippine Art Trek.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Filipinos Being Positive and Strong Despite the Flood

Despite the tragic and devastating flood in the Philippines, I can't help but admire how optimistic my fellow Filipinos are and still find humor as they face the challenges the typhoon may bring. 

Without any intention to ridicule whatsoever, below are just some of the funny photos during the typhoon that  showcases the creativity and humor in Filipinos. 

Chillax (A man lying on an air bed on a typhoon)

Kids still playing DOTA (online game)

Jet Ski

Friday, July 13, 2012

Iloilo 3rd Provincial Tourism Summit

Iloilo Business Club Organized the 3rd Provincial Tourism Summit at the Iloilo Grand Hotel

The Province of Iloilo through its Provincial Tourism Office and the Iloilo Tourism Officers  Association, Inc. in partnership with the Iloilo Business Club, The REID Foundation with funding  assistance from The Asia Foundation and USAID, held the 3rd Iloilo Tourism Assembly on July  12-13, 2012 at the Iloilo Grand Hotel, Iznart Street, Iloilo City from 8am to 5pm.  The two-day convention entitled, ‘EXPERIENCE ILOILO FIRST”, the assembly gathered various stakeholders from the  Tourism Industry and tackled issues on data generation and reporting, priority tourism policies  and standardization of tourism circuits. 

Iloilo Tourism Summit, Experience ILOILO First (Organized by the Iloilo Business Club)
In relation to this, I was honored to be invited as one of the speakers on July 12, 2012, 3pm in the  plenary session on Tourism Investments and Promotion to talk about Unleashing the Power  of Social Media to Promote Tourism and talked about how social media can be best  maximized by the tourism industry in Iloilo to promote products and services of the province and its municipalities.

Iloilo Provincial Tourism Summit - The Program

The Registration started  from 7:30 - 9:30 am which was followed by an Invocation, Philippine National Anthem, Iloilo Provincial Hymn and welcome remarks from the Iloilo Provincial Administrator, Dr. Raul Banias, Iloilo Business Club Chairman Juan Jose Jamora III, OIC - Regional Director of the Department of Tourism VI Attorney Helen Catalbas and Dr. James Soukamneuth of the Private Enterprise Sector (USAID) gave their welcome messages too. Governor Gwendolyn Garcia of the Province of Cebu was the keynote speaker.

Governor Gwen Garcia of the Province of Cebu City was the Keynote Speaker

Mrs. Angie Gabinete, Iloilo Provincial Tourism Officer of Province of Guimaras discussing about the Best Practice: Making Tourism System 
Work at Local Level - Province of Guimaras

The Best Practices: Making Local Tourism Work at Local Level

Atty. Joy T. Bulauitan, Asst. Chief Operating Officer of TIEZA discussed about the Tourism Incentives under TIEZA

Mr. Ruwel W. Loyola, President Workshop One and Association of Accredited Advertising AgenciesPhilippines (4As) discussed about Getting the Right Advertising Mix

Jonha Revesencio, Freelance Social Media Strategist discussed about Unleashing the Power of Social Media to promote local tourism 

Maria Lea VictoriaLara , Executive Director for the Iloilo Business Club Presenting the Certificate of Appreciation to Jonha D. Revesencio (Speaker for Unleashing the Power of Social Media)

Certificate of Appreciation for me on being one of the Resource Speakers

Key Takeaways from the Resource Speakers

I've only attend the first day and was fortunate to hear from Mrs. Angie Gabinete, Iloilo Provincial Tourism Officer of Province of Guimaras. She discussed about the Best Practice: Making Tourism System Work at Local Level - Province of Guimaras. She explained about the best practices that the Province of Guimaras and how we should all help in promoting local tourism by instilling the tourism culture and embodying honest and fair treatment to foreigners and tourists. She was such a crowd pleaser, there was never a dull moment when she spoke. She easily and immediately connected to the crowd and instantly became a favorite of mine.  

Atty. Joy T. Bulauitan, Asst. Chief Operating Officer of TIEZA discussed about the Tourism Incentives under TIEZA (previously Philippine Tourism Authority). She discussed about how certain properties in the Philippine become part of the TEZ and certain guidelines. You may view their website for details. 

Atty. Lucas M. Nunag, Bohol Chamber of Commerce and  Industry who discussed about the Role of the Private Sector in Tourism Development. He informed the crowd on how Bohol developed and evolved into a great city that is it now, boldly discussed about the existing challenges and concerns and provided insightful ideas and recommendations on how Iloilo could follow suit. 

Another favorite is Mr. Ruwel W. Loyola, President Workshop One and Association of Accredited Advertising AgenciesPhilippines (4As) discussed about Getting the Right Advertising Mix. Even before the summit, I was already looking forward to his speech and was hoping BAYO and Belo could listen to him. He gave some really helpful tips and areas to ponder upon and how we could differentiate Iloilo from other cities and establish it as a MICE in Asia (or at least he's giving us an idea). 

When it was my turn to speak, the previous speakers have already established an ambience where everyone became more receptive. I simply emphasized on how social media is a powerful and cost-effective tool on how to promote local tourism and how we could all be ambassadors of our city in our own little ways. 

You may view more photos of the Iloilo Tourism Summit here

Iloilo Tourism Summit - Program

Below is a copy of the program for the 2-day Iloilo Provincial Tourism Summit.

3rd Provincial Tourism Summit
July 12-13, 2012
Iloilo Grand Hotel, Iznart Street
Iloilo City
DAY 1 – JULY 12, 2012, Thursday

Time                                                                                    Activity and Speakers
7:30 am – 9:30 am    Registration
9:30 am – 10:00 am  Opening Program
Philippine National Anthem
Iloilo Provincial Hymn
Welcome Remarks                   Dr. Raul Banias, Provincial Administrator Province of Iloilo
Messages                                 Juan Jose Jamora III, Chairman, Iloilo Business Club, Inc.
                                                  Atty. Helen Catalbas, OIC – Regional Director Department of Tourism VI                                                       
                                                  Dr. James Soukamneuth, Private Enterprise Sector, USAID
Keynote Speech                       Governor Gwendolyn Garcia, Province of Cebu

10:15 am – 10:45 am Harmonization of National and Local Tourism Policies and Development Plans 
                                          Ms. Narzalina Z. Lim President Iloilo Economic Development Foundation, Inc.

10:45 am – 11:15 am DOT-DPWH Convergence Program 
                                          Roni Balbieran, REID Foundation, Inc.

11:15 am – 12:00 am Best Practice: Making Tourism System Work at Local Level - Province of Guimaras                      
                                          Mrs. Angie Gabinete Iloilo Provincial Tourism Officer Province of Guimaras

12:00 am – 01:00 pm Lunch

01:00 – 02:00 pm Briefing on Tourism Statistics DOT- JICA Survey Instrument & Reporting
                                          Mr. Gilbert Marin, Iloilo Provincial Tourism Office 
02:00 – 05:00 pm Tourism Investments & Promotion

Tourism Incentives under TIEZA
                                           Atty. Joy T. Bulauitan, Asst. Chief Operating Officer TIEZA

Role of the Private Sector in Tourism Development 
                                           Atty. Lucas M. Nunag, Bohol Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Getting the Right Advertising Mix
                                          Mr. Ruwel W. Loyola, President Workshop One and Association of Accredited Advertising Agencies-Philippines (4As)

Unleashing the Power of Social Media
                                           Jonha D. Revesencio, Social Media Strategist 

06:00 pm Fellowship Night
Iloilo Tourism Officers Association Inc. Induction of Officers

DAY 2 – JULY 13, 2012, Friday
Time                                                                               Activity and Speakers
07:00 –09:00am Registration
09:00 – 09:30am Opening Program
Welcome Remarks                        Hon. Demy Sonza, SB-Committee on TourismProvince of Iloilo 

09:30 – 10:30am Importance of Tourism Development Plan Contents of Tourism Development Plan Overall Framework 
                                                      Prof. Maria Cherrylyn S. Rodolfo Vice President REID Foundation, Inc. 

10:30 – 11:00am Iloilo Provincial Tourism Plan 
                                             Mr. Gilbert Marin Iloilo Provincial Tourism Office 

11:00 – 12:00 noon Tourism Product Development

 1st District : Guimbal, Miag-ao, Oton, Tigbauan, Tubungan, San Joaquin, Igbaras
 2nd District : Alimodian, Leganes, Leon, New Lucena, Pavia, San Miguel, Sta. Barbara, Zarraga
 3rd District : Badiangan, Bingawan, Cabatuan, Calinog, Janiuay, Lambunao, Maasin, Mina, Pototan
 4th District : Passi City, Anilao, Banate, Barotac Nuevo, Dingle, Duenas, Dumangas, San Enrique
 5th District : Ajuy, Balasan, Barotac Viejo, Batad, Carles, Concepcion, Estancia, Lemery, San Dionisio, San Rafael, Sara

12noon – 01:00pm Lunch
01:00 – 03:00 pm Output Presentations Per District
03:00 – 03:30pm Closing Remarks 
                                          Jerry Anas President, Iloilo Tourism Officers Association, Inc. 

Photo Opportunity                                       

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