Jose Mari Laurel Yupangco of Yamaha at Asia Leaders Forum Davao

Just few weeks ago (January 31, 2017), the first ever Asia Leaders Forum was successfully held in Misono Japanese Restaurant in Makati with speakers that includes Dr. Elton Tan of E-Hotels, Robert Laurel Yupangco of Zoomanity Group, Engr. Ben Co of BSC Construction, Mario Berta of Flyspaces, Congressman Prospero “Butch” Pichay of Surigao Del Sur, Koo Kwan Kon of Global Morning City Development, Tanya Llana of Victoria Court, LiZan Kuzter of Impact Hub Manila among others. Attended also by representatives from SMDC, ProFriends, DMCI, DibZ and Megaworld.
tagNow this coming 30th of March, another Asia Leaders Forum in Real Estate will be launched but this time, it will be held in Davao. This anticipated event is made possible with the collaboration between Yupangco Electronics Corporation (Distributor of Yamaha Sound and Audio Technology) headed by Jose Mari Laurel Yupangco, the grandson of our former President of the Philippines (Jose P. Laurel) and TAG Media and Public Relations headed by Engr. Grace Bondad Nicolas (Entrepreneur, Broadcaster, Writer, Public Speaker).
The subject matter experts are trail blazers in their fields so you can absolutely expect great insights from them. Participation at Asia Leaders Forum will give you the competitive edge you need to beat the myriad of other real estate participants chasing deals. These experts will share with you their strategies and on how to utilize the power in you to promote the Philippines.
For this year of ASEAN 50th Anniversary and the chairmanship of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, all eyes are focus to the Philippines as the hosting country; it’s time to showcase the skills of the Filipinos and the Philippines products and services. Asia Leaders Forum is just one way to promote the backbone of any organizations and our world class infrastructures and talents.
The objective of the forum is to promote the Philippines as the premier business hub in Asia and to share to participants the updates with regards to the real estate landscapes in the Philippines & beyond, technology & digital marketing and the government mandates and initiatives to improve the real estate sector in the country and the preparations we are doing for ASEAN 50 since foreign tourist and investors are coming in.
For more information, please contact grace@tagmedia.asia or call 09166299381.

[Food] Massive Munchies Now In Manila!

Dumaguete-based Massive Munchies is now set to conquer the Metro with their delightful and rich-tasting pocket pies! The company which is interestingly founded by two business-minded young individuals (Tad Angara and Dexter Bautista) decided to bring their famous pocket pies in the heart of Manila.
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They just had a soft opening last Saturday (February 18). They set up a small outlet in F Hidalgo Street in Quiapo just in front of the Manuel L Quezon University and they are planning to add more outlets soon, hoping to experience the same success that the company had in Dumaguete.  Massive Munchies has been in operation since 2014; with just one store initially branching out into 3 in just 2 years.  With their products that are available in such affordable and reasonable prices without compromising the quality and the taste, it is not impossible for Massive Munchies to capture the heart of Manileños.

Mr Tad Angara, one of the store’s founders, warmly welcome us (bloggers) in their soft opening in Quiapo. He cheerfully tell us their humble beginning and how this business started out from a simple idea and how they struggle to make it grow. Surprisingly, despite of having no formal business training, the two managed to establish their first business successfully and the response from the people of Dumaguete was simply overwhelming.
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About four years ago, we started this company in Dumaguete City with only about 25k capital and then with no formal business training, no mentorship from anyone, it was hard and there was time we thought about giving up… but with right attitude and by utilizing every resources we got.. especially the Internet, we were able to maintain it” Mr Tad Angara

Massive Munchies is mainly catering “pocket pies”  which is currently consists of 4 amazing flavors to choose from. Each of the flavors are quite unique and are very much packed full of flavor. Each hot pocket meat pie cost around a measly Php 39 for it’s regular size to PHP 59 for it’s King size option – which is truly a total steal!

Each of this delectable goodie is available for both dine-in (solo/combo meal) and take-out (5/10pcs box) orders.

Cheesy PepperonipieThe Cheesy Pepperoni Pocket Pie marked the beginning of Massive Munchies; as it’s signature flavor it truly is a crowd favorite! It’s when Italian cuisine meets Filipino’s ingenuity! One of their best sellers! a definite must try!

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wsrCHEESY TACO The Mexican PocketPie with a whole lotta cheesy goodness. A definite perfect fit for every cheese lover out there! With this much cheese on it, you would totally crave for more!

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dggBEEFY MUSHROOM – Simply BEEF Stroganoff in a pie! – Tender slices of beef sauteed in rich mushroom sauce makes this pocket meat pie a true meaty lovers’ favorite!

Tuna LasagnagggTUNA LASAGNA , Massive Munchies treat to our health conscious peers!, This pocket meat pie is definitely a healthier option! For those who love lasagna but are into lesser calories? Try this! tastes like lasagna, but is made from tuna.

They are planning to bring more of their menus from their flagship store in Dumaguete in their Manila outlet soon. In addition to that, Mr Angara mentioned that they will be offering healthier options pretty soon (he mentioned about Baked pocket pies instead of deep fried).

Additional flavors like Cheesy Sisig, Chicken Inasal, Cheesy Hungarian, Chocolate Fudge, Mango Bango, Apple Pie and Banana Caramel were all under development and could be part of their growing menu (possibly on the shop’s grand lunch which could be 3 or 4 months from now).
32893336331_e4d1a19516_otMassive Munchies Pocket Pies33019603405_6ce973ddcd_otThey were generous enough to give us a box full of this pocket pies. Cheesy Pepperoni is my personal favorite and it is not really surprising why this flavor is one of their best sellers32977927846_317a0e7ec8_otBeefy Mushroom is equally delicious too
32893366271_a685245dde_otAccording to Mr Angara, some of their customers in Dumaguete used to buy their pies raw (uncooked) so they can store it in the fridge for several days and cook or bake it afterwards.
33019532145_cb0747a411_otAside from the pies, they also gave us this cool black shirt sporting their company’s logo. I also learned that they are offering Massive Munchies hoodies and shirts too which are exclusively available online (you can check them here – http://shirt.ly/massivemunchies)

For more updates about Massive Munchies, feel free to visit their Social Media pages below
Facebook : https://web.facebook.com/MassiveMunchiesPH
Instagram : @massivemunchies

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[Movie Review] Five Reasons Why You Should Watch Hacksaw Ridge!

How long can you stand for your beliefs? How far can you go to fight for what you believe in? If things went beyond expectations and if everything is not falling into place, will you still have enough motivation and courage to continue? When  your faith is being tested, are you strong enough to withstand the challenges? How long can you hold on?
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Okay, this is not me being so dramatic but these are just some of the thoughts running in my mind right now after watching “Hacksaw Ridge” last Wednesday. The highly acclaimed film is finally hitting the Philippine theaters this coming February 22 and it was truly an amazing film to watch. Honestly, I am not really into action movies and I seldom watch films that are related to war or anything that features extreme violence but Hacksaw Ridge caught my attention in so many ways. This film shares another heroic story that will surely move your hearts. Now, allow me to give you my reasons why you should not miss this movie once its hits the cinemas this week.
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5. “It’s Another Mel Gibson Film”
After ten years (literally), Mel Gibson is back with another brilliant film! It is another Gibson’s masterpiece that should never be missed! If you guys have watched some of Gibson’s (directed) films like “Braveheart” and “Passion of the Christ“, you should know that these films were both critically acclaimed. Hacksaw Ridge, on the other hand is not an exemption at all. It features an equally compelling story, impressive cinematography and a great ensemble of cast who delivered their roles so well. It is not really surprising why the film has earned praises and already won various awards from different award bodies.
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4. “It’s a Multi-Awarded and Critically Acclaimed Film”
A Film will not be awarded or be recognized by different Award bodies for no reason. Films are being recognized mainly because of their quality and that’s exactly what Hacksaw Ridge will provide. It offers a very compelling story with decent amount of action and pinch of humor to balance the intensity (thanks to Vince Vaughn who provided most of the comic relief prior to those heart pounding war sequences in Hacksaw Ridge). The film has earned not just one but 6 Oscar nominations including the Best Director for Mel Gibson, Best Actor for Garfield and Best Picture. Those are major categories competing against other highly  acclaimed films such as La La Land and Arrival. Prior to the Oscars, the film has already earned major awards and nominations from other award bodies including the recently concluded Golden Globes and more. To top it all, did you know that the film received a 10-minute standing ovation in its premier in Venice.
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3. “Spidey No More”
Honestly, prior to this movie, I cannot think of anything about Andrew Garfield other than being the Amazing Spiderman but after watching the movie, I was really surprised and I can confidently say that Garfield was such a revelation in this movie.  When i thought that Andrew Garfield (after the cancellation of his Spiderman trilogy) will share the same fate with Brandon Routh (Superman Returns) and Toby Maguire (also the Spiderman) who both had a hard time escaping their superhero image and have been typecaste for the same roles, this film proved me wrong. Garfield in portraying Desmond Doss in this film showed us what he is capable of and he is more than just your favorite hero who can swing from one building to another. The acting was really convincing, the accent was on point and delivery was just beyond expectations. With so much praises from the critics, I’m sure Andrew Garfield just placed his career to an all new level and we just can’t wait to see more from him in the future.
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2. “It is Based on a True Story”
When I first watched the trailer weeks before the special screening, my first impression is that , it is just another typical war movie… a “Saving Private Ryan – wanna be” but the movie proved me wrong. Even though both of the movies were set on the same time line [World War II], there is a huge difference between the two. Saving Private Ryan is a movie that is merely inspired from the events that occurred during the second world war but the characters were entirely fictional while Hacksaw Ridge is a biographical film which is based on a real story whose character truly existed. The film basically follows a heroic journey of Desmond Doss who was a combat medic who interestingly went on a life-risking mission without any weapons to protect him. He was a conscientious objector and despite of having the rights to refuse to join the military service, he volunteered in the army with a mission not to kill but to save lives. The film may not have that epic 27 minute battle introduction like what we have witnessed in Saving Private Ryan but the intensity is still there especially when the troops entered the cliff (the Hacksaw Ridge) and fought against an overwhelming amount of enemies (Japanese).
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1. “A Compelling Story About Faith That Will Move Your Heart and Soul”
The story of Desmond Doss is truly unique. A man who has no weapon to protect him managed to save over 75 men from the bloody battlefield single-handedly? It is seemingly impossible indeed and it feels like watching a heroic tale that is often depicted in most fictional books but the story of Doss is not a tale but events that impressively happened in real life. The epic story of Doss should have been adapted a long time ago but he refused a lot of offers for both books and film adaptation for one reason, he want his story to be depicted as accurate as possible. This movie adaptation was merely based on the documentary about Doss in 2003 (Doss passed away on 2006) and they only made few notable changes including the backstory of Doss’s father. Doss by the way is a Seventh Day Adventist and even though it incorporates religion, the film will emphasized more on how Doss managed to keep his beliefs despite of so many detractors. His faith is truly an inspiration to many and it teaches us to fight for what you believe in. Doss’ determination to save lives left a huge impact to his comrades which gave them so much hope and motivation in the battle. Every time Doss throw the line where he prays to the Lord to help him save one more life during the battle gives me so much goosebumps. You can really feel the emotions going on during those epic sequences and it touches my heart so deep that made me question my own faith to God. If i was on his shoe, will I have enough faith to hold on? Will I have enough courage to think of others before saving myself?
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Hacksaw Ridge is rated R-16 Without Cuts and opens Philippine cinemas on Feb 22, 2017.

Love Your Hair With Novuhair

The love month doesn’t just pertain to having a relationship with someone, it’s not just about going out on a date or stressing on what to give to your partner or dreaming about what to receive in return. The love month should remind us about everything and everyone we love.Love your Hair

Our parents, siblings or friends who stuck with you through thick or thin should form part of this special month. Loving yourself should not be set aside as well.

Take time to take care of your own appearance and since our hair is on top of our body, it is pertinent that we start with it. Here are a few tips in maintaining a healthy hair.

  •  Observe good hygiene all the time – regularly wash your hair to remove dirt and grimes
  • Be extra careful whenever combing your wet hair – your hair is vulnerable to breakage during this period.
  • Use towel to dry off your hair after shower – Using hair dryer can cause damage to your hair; if you must use the heat then do so sparingly.
  • Eat the proper nutrition– Our hair is also dependent on what we eat. Iron-rich food and protein strengthens your hair.
  • Have enough sleep – Lack of sleep can cause hair loss. Sleeping allows our hair to repair and regenerate. Changes in our sleeping patterns have shown to affect our body’s immune and hormone function, as well as our physical and mental stamina. Our hair is very sensitive to these changes within the body.
  • Pamper your hair – Give your hair a proper massage with the nutrients it needs.

Novuhair, nature’s answer to hair loss is made of 19 Natural ingredients which includes herbal components such as moringa oleifera, panax ginseng, virgin coconut oil and the natural essences of rosemary and peppermint.

Novuhair nourishes the scalp and hair by increasing the flow of nutrients and improving blood circulation to the scalp. Novuhair also helps hydrate the scalp, maintain the hair’s natural luster and prevent early hair graying, hair dryness and itching.

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Novuhair Topical Scalp Lotion, Shampoo and Conditioner are available in all Mercury Drug Stores and other leading drug stores nationwide. For more information visit www.novuhair.com, like the brand’s official Facebook Page at Novuhair Official, follow it on Twitter at @NovuhairNatural and on Instagram @novuhairofficial. You may also call the Novuhair hotlines at 4136570 and 09228830575 and order online at Lazada and regaloservice.com.