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Chili's 7th Annual Burger Day

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Head over to Chili's today, April 23, 2014 for the Annual Burger Day celebration! Big Mouth burgers (except for Burger bites) will be discounted down to P175. Original price of Big Mouth burgers range around P350. The promotion is valid only for dine-in customers coming in 11AM-2PM and 6PM-12PM. One purchase per customer only. Last year, Chili's offered the same promotion for only P150 and the year before that, only P120.

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Earthday Jam FREE Concert

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Celebrate the Worldwide Earthday Movement this Friday, April 25, 2014 by going to Earthday Jam. It's a FREE Concert to be held at 9th Ave. corner 34th St., BGC, Taguig City starting 6PM onwards. Listen to artists like Abra, Brat Pack, Brownman Revival, Chicosci, Gloc-9, Gracenote, Itchy Worms, Kjwan, Lou Bonnevie, Mayonnaise, Moonstar 88, Noel Cabangon, Philia, PI Jazzfest, Sandwich, Slapshock and The Drum Circle.

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Bangkong Kahoy Organic Farm

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If you want to cleanse your body and soul from the hustle and bustle of the Metro then I suggest you go to an organic farm called Bangkong Kahoy Mountain Lodge. A few bloggers including myself were invited to the farm/lodge. It's situated in the middle of Mt. Banahaw and Mt. San Cristobal just at the border of Dolores Quezon. It's a 2-3 hour trip for both by car and by commute. We had an outstanding overnight trip there.

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Upon arriving there, we immediately started with a hearty and healthy buffet lunch.The dining area was open all around so you can sulk in the view and breeze while eating. There's also a wi-fi connection although it seldom connected due to the location.

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We were served mixed vegetables, taro puffs, mushroom soup, and vegetables. For dessert, a huge bowl of raspberries (more about this later) sprinkled with sugar. I just couldn't get enough of the taro puffs.

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After lunch we were assigned to our rooms. I was quite surprised how the rooms looked modern and stylish considering we were in a farm. There were no air condition as it was as cold as Tagaytay. The beds were more than decent, good sheets too. There is also a TV and fireplace. The bathroom was outstanding fitted with a nice toilet bowl and sink as well as a rain shower. Best of all, the water is fresh as it comes from the mountains. Yes, you can even directly drink it.

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Outside, there is a balcony overlooking a fantastic mountain view. 

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After resting, we started a tour of the farm. Dionisio Pullan, owner and caretaker of the farm explained how the farm came to be. It was passed on from his ancestors down to their family. None of his siblings were interested in the land until a chain of events led him back to start a social entrepreneur enterprise that helped build a self sustaining livelihood for locals.

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Dionisio Pullan

As we started the tour I noticed a lot of wide open spaces conducent for various activities like having a picnic.

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We were shown how they made one of their fastest moving products, the oyster mushrooms. We caught 2 gentlemen preparing and packing components of what is to be the soil counterpart of the mushroom. There were more than eager to explain about the process and elements that went into the plastic bags.

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Once the mushroom tissue is introduced into the bag, the culturing process starts. After a few weeks, mushrooms will sprout out from the bag. It looks much like Star Trek spaceships.

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Besides mushrooms, they also grew various organic vegetables. Organic free range chickens were also raised right beside it.

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Views are quite breathtaking. You absolutely won't resist taking a few photos and selfies.


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One of the activities is walking the hanging bridge to which you need to wear a harness. After you get to the other side, you can zipline back for P100.

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We made our way towards some hidden raspberry bush. It was abundant with raspberries and we could eat as much as we liked. The berries I must say that flavor is at par with that of imported berries. The bush was riddled with thorns so we had to be careful when we picked it.

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Never could have imagined that we grew raspberries in the Philippines. And to think the locals considered this incredible fruit as a pest as it easily spawned across fields. Although abundant, the only drawback of the berries was that it was only good for a couple of days unless it was stored in a freezer.

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After finishing our tour, we had our merienda of camote and cassava cake.

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The frozen Raspberries are made into delicious shakes. You can order it for only P60 per glass

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Dinnertime was amazing. We had fried mushroom, ginger mushroom soup and radish atsara. The fried mushroom was superb although it was a bit oily. I liked the ginger mushroom soup too as it warmed me a bit from the chilling breeze.

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We had a good night sleep that night. Even if all the windows were shut and it was still cold. As morning came, we had a light breakfast of egg, sayote omelet and tuyo.

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Soon after we made our way to the nearby hut selling organic vegetables grown in the farm. The oyster mushrooms were the most abundant of all.

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I was quite amazed with how low the prices were especially with everything being organic. Of course one reason why prices were like this is because there is no transportation cost.

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For more information about Bangkong Kahoy, log in to bkmountainlodge.com.ph

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Yakisoba Video Making Contest

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Yakisobrang Trip nyo bang manalo ng pera at Nissin Yakisoba products? Then join the Nissin Yakisoba Video Making Contest. Form a group of at least 3 members. Download the Nissin Yakisoba song, "Yakisobrang Trip, Yakisobrang Saya (Original)" and create a music video that showcases your own interpretation of the "Yakisobrang Trip, Yakisobrang Saya" concept. Don't forget to feature any Nissin Yakisoba variants either in pouch or in cup (Savory Beef, Spicy Chicken, Spicy Calamansi, and Spicy Chicken Teriyaki). Upload your video on YouTube, copy its URL and paste it on the online entry form. That's it! Get  your entry voted for a chance to win P25,000, P20,000, P15,000 respectively. A consolation prize of P5,000 will also be given to the rest of the finalists. Not only that. One (1) winner of a Fan's Choice Award will receive P10,000. All these cash prizes come with additional product loot bags. Voters will also get to take home awesome Nissin loot bags as well.

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Contest Requirements:
  • Open to all local residents 15 years old and above
    • Note: Participants below 18 years old must send a scanned signed letter from parents or legal guardian 
  • Group of at least three (3) members
  • Fans of the Official Nissin Yakisoba Facebook fanpage
Contest Mechanics:
  1. Log on to and like the Official Nissin Yakisoba Facebook fanpageRegister and download the Nissin Yakisoba song under the Music Video Making Contest tab
  2. Create a music video for the Nissin Yakisoba song, "Yakisobrang Trip, Yakisobrang Saya (Original)". 
  3. Entry Guidelines
    • The music video should showcase your own interpretation of the "Yakisobrang Trip, Yakisobrang Saya" concept
    •  Video should last for 15-20 seconds
    • Entries must feature any Nissin Yakisoba variants either in pouch or in cup (Savory Beef, Spicy Chicken, Spicy Calamansi, and Spicy Chicken Teriyaki). Product feature can be via product shots, consumption shots or both
    • Must be in .mpg, .avi, .wmv, or .mov
    • You may only use the "Yakisobrang Trip, Yakisobrang Saya (Original)" song as a music bed. It must not be changed but can be extended to fit the maximum time requirement
  4. Upload your video on YouTube, copy its URL and paste it on the online entry form along with your complete details
  5. Voting Guidelines
  6. Judging Criteria
    •  40% Depiction of "Yakisobrang Trip, Yakisobrang Saya" theme within a barkada
    • 30% Creative Execution
    • 30% Technical Execution
  7. Twelve (12) finalists with the highest scores will move on to the second screening in which the Top 3 winners will be selected
  8. For the Fan's Choice Award, the twelve (12) finalists will be divided into three (3) brackets, with each bracket having four (4) finalists. For 12 days, each finalist will compete with the other members int their bracket in gathering online votes. The winner for each bracket (A, B, and C) will move forward to the Voter's Choice Finals round in which another set of voting will last for another four (4) days
  9. Final voting scores/results will be sent to FDA for certification/validation
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Contest Period: April 1 - May 30, 2014 (Submission of entries until April 30, 2014)
  • Online Voting Period - May 10-28, 2014
  • Announcement of Top 12 - May 6, 2014
  • Announcement of Top 3 - May 30, 2014
  • Announcement of Fan's Choice Award Winner - May 30, 2014
  • Raffle Winners:
    • Week 1 - May 14, 2014
    • Week 2 - May 19, 2014
    • Week 3 - May 24, 2014
    • Week 4 - May 29, 2014
Contest Prize:
  • Grand Prize - One (1) winner of P25,000 + Product loot bags
  • 1st Runner Up - One (1) winner of P20,000 + Product loot bags
  • 2nd Runner Up - One (1) winner of P15,000 + Product loot bags
  • Other Finalists (4th -12th Place) - P5,000 + Product loot bags
  • Fan's Choice Award - One (1) winner of P10,000 + Product loot bags
  • Weekly Raffle Winners - Forty (40) winners of Product loot bags
Upside
  • Online submission
  • CASH prize
  • Voters will also win prizes
  • Winners can send an authorized representative to claim prizes on their behalf
Downside
  • Making a video entry can be time consuming
For more info, log on to facebook.com/nissinyakisoba

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The Manila Bay Photo Contest

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The luxury developer Anchor Land Holdings Inc is calling all photographers to submit your entries to the Iconic Impressions: The Manila Bay Photo Contest.  Running on the theme: "The Timeless Beauty of the Manila Bay in Photographs", capture the unparalleled grandeur and beauty of Manila Bay and its fabled sunset and share it to the world. Choose your category between Professionals or Enthusiasts division. Submit your best shot for a chance to win P100,000 + Trophy + Juror's Choice Certificate in each category. There will also be three (3) runner ups who will receive P5,000 each + Juror's Choice Certificate. Four (4) Highly Commended entries will also be awarded with Juror's Choice Certificate.

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Contest Requirements:
  • Open to Filipinos and non-Filipinos that are currently residing in the country
  • Professional and Enthusiasts photographers
Contest Mechanics:
  1. Log on to anchorland.com.ph/iconicimpressions and download the entry form
  2. Two (2) Categories
    • Professionals - self-identified photographers who currently receive or have received payment for their photographs
    • Enthusiasts - hobbyists who have not received any payment for their photographs
  3. Theme: "The Timeless Beauty of the Manila Bay in Photographs"
  4. Entry Guidelines
    • Professional Division: 20.32 cm x 25.40 cm (8 x 10 inches)
    • Enthusiast Division: 20.32 cm x 25.40 cm (8 x 10 inches)
    • Entries may or may not have been taken during the competition period but must not have participated / been submitted and/or won in any other contests/competitions nor have been published in any local and foreign photography magazines, newspapers and publications
    • You may use any Digital Camera – DSLR, Film Camera – SLR, Point and Shoot. Use of cellular phones or computer tablets is not allowed
    • Must be printed on photographic paper, matte or glossy finish, without lamination or canvas effects through a giclee inkjet print lab or photo lab. The use of inkjet bond papers, laser print, metallic photo papers with silver effects or any photo paper that will produce hologram effects will not be accepted
    • Bleed or borders are optional, but should not exceed one inch (1") on all sides
    • Colored, black & white, sepia tone, duo tone, digitally converted from scanned film negative will be accepted
    • Creative effects done within the camera at the time of exposure, such as multiple exposures, flash fill lighting and filtration are allowed
    • Digital retouching on density, contrast adjustments, minor cropping on composition, burning, and dodging are allowed
  5. Submit your entries to:
    • Anchor Land Head Office
      Public Relations Department
      16F LV Locsin Bldg., Makati Ave. 
      corner Ayala Ave., Makati City, 
      Philippines
  6. Submission Guidelines
    • Regional entries sent to the Anchor Land Head Office via standard registered package or courier must be postmarked May 30, 2014
    • Entries should be submitted in an individual envelope with Entry Form in Triplicate: One copy attached to the Entry, one for Anchor Land, and one copy for you
    • Entries should have the following requirements:
      • Completely filled-up and signed Entry Form with one (1) 1" x 1" ID colored picture
      • Photocopy of 1 valid ID (for age verification & proof of citizenship)
      • Notarized affidavit of the Entry Form certifying originality of Entry and subscription to the rules and regulations of the competition
  7. Judging Criteria
    • 40% Relevance to the theme (How clear the photographer conveyed the timeless beauty of the Manila Bay)
    • 30% Visual concept and impact (the use of light to express your subject in the best way possible, creativity, originality)
    • 30% Imaginative execution (How much the photograph captures an interesting point of view)
  8. You may submit only one (1) entry
  9. Eight (8) finalists from each division will be chosen and will be featured in a photo exhibit at Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila
  10. The decision of the Board of Judges is final and non-appealable
  11. View complete contest mechanics
Contest Period: March 19 - May 30, 2014
  • Pre-qualification of Entries – June 5 & 6, 2014
  • First round of judging – June 7 & 8, 2014
  • Announcement of Shortlisted Entries – June 10, 2014
  • Photo Exhibit – June 10-17, 2014 (Sofitel)
  • Awarding Ceremony & Judging of winners – June 17, 2014 (Sofitel, 6:30pm)
Contest Prize:
  • Professional Division
    • Winner – P100,000 + Trophy + Juror's Choice Certificate
    • Three (3) Runner Ups – P5,000 EACH + Juror's Choice Certificate
    • Four (4) Highly Commended – Juror's Choice Certificate
  • Enthusiast Division
    • Winner – P50,000 + Trophy + Juror's Choice Certificate
    • Three (3) Runner Ups – P5,000 EACH + Juror's Choice Certificate
    • Four (4) Highly Commended – Juror's Choice Certificate
Upside
  •  CASH prize
  • Showcase your talent in photography
  • 20% Tax for each prize exceeding P10,000 shall be paid by Anchor Land Holdings, Inc
Downside
  • One entry per person only
  • No online submission
For more info, log on to anchorland.com.ph or get in touch with Rachel Tubera at rachelaine_tubera@anchorland.com.ph or (02) 988 7988 ext. 177

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