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Saturday, August 15, 2009

Photo session with Canon IXUS 110 IS part 1

I used the Canon IXUS 110 IS camera this afternoon and I found some interesting features of the camera. I feel like that Im using a small DSLR and I'm impressed on the shutter speed even in low light environment, the video quality is in HD, but then I decided to downgrade the video quality because it eats a lot of memory if I shoot a video in HD. I will post more Canon IXUS 110 IS camera experience soon here, and post some test shot. I think its time for me to read that manual and look for other cool features. ( I have this habit of using a gadget first and not read the manual, but then I read it after some trial of the gadget)

more photos below

Test drive tomorrow with Canon IXUS 110 IS

Canon IXUS 110 IS just arrived today, and starting tomorrow I will do some test drive and check out its features. I just opened the box after arriving home and loaded a 1GB memory card and did some test photos using the factory charge battery. I will charge this tomorrow and do some test of the photo and video quality.

here are the specs.

-12.1 megapixels
-4x optical zoom with optical image stabilizer <-- i like this feature
-Smart AUTO
-2.8" wide purecolor II LCD Screen
-DIGIC 4 Image Processor
-HD movie recording (720p) <-- did some test and wow! its so clear, will just find the audio set
- available in silver, gold, blue and pink
SRP : Php 23,950 ( according to the manual)

I won't read the manual first, and will do the test shoot tomorrow in some events. I will still carry my DSLR, but will use them booth. ( more photos below)

Disney-Pixar UP red carpet 3D movie premiere ( with movie bloggers and TV5)

Thanks to TV5 for inviting us movie bloggers at the red carpet premiere of Disney- Pixar movie - UP. Pixar did a great work again in their 3D visuals and also storyline, we also experienced to see a short film by Pixar before watching UP, its a tradition for Pixar to add a 15 min. animated short film before the main feature, I won't spoil you guys, just watch it in a cinema that offers 3D.

The film we watched requires to use 3D glasses, and we enjoyed the super crisp and clear of the cinema in 3D, I almost felt that I'm watching the movie inside the IMAX theater. But I think UP is not available in IMAX 3D, but only in 3D cinemas.

I posted more of our photos below, from the red carpet premiere

more photos in my album at Disney-Pixar UP red carpet 3D movie premiere ( with movie bloggers and TV5)


Friday, August 14, 2009

Ad campaign for Taiwan’s No. 1 ice cream showcases Bohol’s attractions

The pristine white-sand beaches of Bohol, Philippines captivated the makers of DuRoyal, the No. 1 ice cream brand in Taiwan, to be its featured location for their latest TV ad.

bloggers commentary:
That's a grew news di ba?! got this news from the email update of our Department of Tourism.
And I'm happy that they chose Bohol's beach to be their location of the TV AD. Have you tried DuRoyal in Taiwan? hmm. I wonder what its taste like. Maybe yummier like Hagen or Selecta. I'm very curious on their TV ad and hope we can see this in the future post.
check out the PR release below

The pristine white beaches, crystal-clear waters, and historical landmarks, are only among the attractions of Bohol that captivated the makers of DuRoyal, the number one ice cream brand in Taiwan, which led them to make it the location for their ad campaign shoot for 2009.

Every year, DuRoyal spearheads a unique promotional drive for their summer months, and this year they chose Bohol, Philippines, for their main location. The campaign also includes a raffle that would entitle one hundred lucky winners to a dream trip to the country.

According to Secretary Ace Durano of the Department of Tourism (DOT), whose team hosted the crew for the duration of their shoot, “The country’s exposure in an international commercial for a successful ice cream brand reaffirms our country’s position as a best-selling summer destination. Our partnerships with leading companies continue to strengthen the Philippines’ international marketing links.”

Durano added that at the recent visit of DuRoyal executives in Bohol, they were impressed with the hospitality of the Boholanos as well as its serene and appealing environment.

Eduardo Jarque, Jr., Undersecretary for Tourism Planning and Promotions, also noted, “The producers commented that Bohol was the perfect choice for their ice cream brand’s latest ad campaign, to be launched in time for the summer holidays in Taiwan.”

DuRoyal was declared as the number one ice cream brand in Taiwan, according to Breakthrough Magazine, their country’s leading publication, and the International Center of Photography (ICT) Marketing Year Book.

Aiming at providing quality ice cream to the Taiwanese market because of its strict selection of the world's finest ingredients for their products, Duroyal maintains the highest standards.

In fact, DuRoyal’s bestselling product Crunch Pie overtook McDonald's and Coca Cola as the leading consumer product in the Taiwanese market. Their packaging design was awarded the Taiwan Packaging Star for five consecutive years, also receiving the Worldstar Excellence in the international competition.

Dir. Rica Bueno, Marketing Head for DOT Team Asia Pacific, said,“One of the highly-regarded consumer brands in Taiwan choosing the Philippines as the main highlight of their campaign is a privilege we are grateful for.”

"Around thirteen members of Taiwan TV production crew together with four representatives of the ice cream company arrived in Bohol for a three-day shoot for its commercial, featuring the spectacular views of the Bohol Beach Club and the Panglao Island Nature Resort,” Bueno further said.

The TV commercial is part of the joint promotions campaign of the DOT and DuRoyal to feature the Philippines’ attractions through its ice cream product line. The campaign is running until the end of August this year.

August 2009 events, happening and party check list ( Manila, Philippines)

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Okay! here are the list of events, activities, happenings and party for August 2009. I posted it late and forgot to have a monthly listings of events. I got sick and I missed a lot of it lately. So if you are interested to attend, or cover it for your blog, write a post for your blog, or something that interest you to attend it, or just being hungry to attend parties and events then live and enjoy life. This is a checklist for you and something that Interest me to attend it, but never got a chance to be there with my busy sched.

If you know any events or you have your event, feel free to contact me or post a comment below so that we can add it in our August 2009 event round up.

check the full list below


SILIPAN RINIGAN 2: mini arts and music festival

@ ALS BAR - Aguirre Ave., BF Paranaque

AUGUST 15, 2009
ang eksibit at bentahan ay magbubukas ng 4pm.
ang tugtugan ay magsisimula ng 7pm.

ENTRANCE FEE: 150Php w/ 1FREE beer!
FREE ENTRANCE mula 4pm hanggang 6pm!


@ Ride and Roll Diner, 59 Xavierville Ave. QC
August 19, 2009 @ 9PM





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YOU NITE at Fashion ART
August 14, 2009
5:00pm - 9:00pm @F*ART Fashion ART , 24 J. Erestain cor. K-1st Kamuning

Greetings Fellow Art and Fashion Enthusiasts!

We are artists and expression is our way of life; yet, curiously, communication seems to be a struggle for some of us. Lately, however, we've discovered a club that can help us improve our communication and leadership skills; and it doesn’t matter if you’re scared of public speaking or feel that you can already speak well; because TOASTMASTERS can help us improve these skills at any level! If you’re wondering what Toastmasters is, check out

We have invited a few Toastmasters to conduct a FREE DEMO MEETING at F*ART Fashion Art, 24 J. Erestian cor K-1st, Kamuning, Quezon City on August 14 (Friday), 5 pm.

Our guest speaker will be Enrique Salvador "Boom" E. San Agustin. Aside from being an exemplary Toastmaster, he is also a consultant for Business Development & Communications, Freelance Writer, Public Speaker & Trainer. Know more about him:

On this event there will also be performances by:

Kooky Tuason
Charms Tianzon
Raul Roco Jr.
Carlos Malvar
Shaina Tantuico
Toto Sorioso

and digital films by Vivian Limpin

See you all there!

Viva and Happy Andrada of F*ART Fashion Art

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Wondercon: The Wonder Boarders Convention / B-Day Party Extravaganza!
August 15, 2009
2nd Floor 55 Maginhawa St. Teachers Village, Diliman, QC

Free Drinks
Musical Performances
Art Exhibit
Photo Booth
Video Shoot (for the Wonder B Sequel)
Special Screening of Sitcom: The Wonder Boarders Special Edition DVD

Come as a Geek or as a Superhero!

on Saturday, August 15, 2009

2nd Floor 55 Maginhawa St. Teachers Village, Diliman, QC

Behind Bookay-Ukay Libruhan and 55Tinta Tattoo Shop
Near Tomatokick Resto and Orange Segment Studio
Near Holy Family School

contact Dan @ 09153432726

Watch Yummy’s Food Editor, Angelo Comsti, as he whips up recipes from our August issue! See you on Saturday, August 15 from 3PM to 5PM at Landmark Trinoma!


Euro Car Blub and Bimmer Car Club in cooperation with Eastwood Mall and Caltex present EUROFEST '09

Catch over 80 Europeran cars displayed at the Eastwood Mall Open Park!

Freebies and goodies will be given away to lucky people who will register for FREE! Vote for your favorite car on-site and get a chance to win an exciting prize!

For details, please contact 322-1900.

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Eastwood Mall presents FREE Walk in Movie at the Eastwood Mall Open Park


KungFu Panda

Free Walk in Movie
at the Eastwood Mall

Open Park

August 16, 2009
2:30 PM

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CHAPTER :-ONE Screening at nomnom
August 14, 2009 at 9:00pm
Lower Ground Floor, GYY Building 1 Tomas Morato cor E. Rodriguez Sts.Quezon City

Hello Ladies and Gents,
This Friday we are proud to announce the screening of Mr. Arnold Arre's short film at Nomnomnom. Can't wait!

Watch the trailer here:

"Arnold accomplishes something that for the most part, eludes most commercial 'horror' or 'suspense' films in local cinema- he creeps you out. He is able to brew a sense of impending doom and expectation of something BAD and he does it without fluff, without ever a wasted or unnecessary scene." - Marco Dimaano

"Arnold's visual style is arresting, and he makes very effective use of sound. People were screaming in the theatre, which is always a good thing." - Yvette Tan

sign up here at

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100 magazine F&B List Launch

August 19, 2009
5:40pm - 10:40pm
Lusso Champagne Bar, Greenbelt 5

100 magazine, the most coveted list in business lifestyle, launches its 2nd Edition, dubbed "TASTE THIS," following the successful launch of 100 1st Edition, “The List.”

100's "TASTE THIS" is a Food & Beverage List that signifies the Filipino's passion for food. It is the one thing that fuels our body. It is the highlight of a foodie’s everyday. And for someone who adores the kitchen, food brings him to another dimension. This F&B List allows us to look at food and beverage in more than one ways.

Margarita Fores, our female cover personality, talks about the challenges of business in the Third World. Chef Robert Pengson, our male cover personality, on the other hand, reminisces the story of his culinary journey.

100's F&B List will be unveiled through an evening of celebration, entitled “C'EST DELICIEUX,” on August 19, 2009, Wednesday, at Lusso Champagne Bar, Greenbelt 5, Makati City.

Hosted by Karen Pamintuan.

Cocktails starts at 5 p.m. Hors d'oeuvres created by Margarita Fores for Lusso. Spirits by Bacardi and Bombay Sapphire. Wine by Moet Hennessy Green Point.

Bon appetit!


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Dora the Explorer the Big Pinata Live Musical Show!
August 21, 22 & 23 with shows at 11:30am, 3pm & 6pm
Activity Center

Meet & Greet Dora the Explorer
August 20, 4pm & 6pm
Kids Zone, 2nd Level Activity Center

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Southern Cuisine
Easy-to-prepare cooking workshops with the chefs of Global Culinary Academy

Activity Center, Home Zone

July 31 - Fresh Greens & Salads
August 7 - Flavorful Sandwich Treats
August 14 - Delectable Pasta
August 21 - Ice Cream Fusion Desserts

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Citizen Participation at the Dialogues
What if we all cared enough to vote?

August 20, 2009
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Starbucks on 6750, Ayala

Whether you prefer the straightforward espresso shot type of leadership or the artful caramel macchiato personality, choosing a leader is more complex than choosing your Starbucks beverage but it can be just as exciting. Engage the team behind the Movement for Good Governance, Youth Vote and Rock The Vote at the next Dialogues @ Starbucks and exchange notes on why we should all be involved to get that World-Class Brew of leaders in 2010.


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Ayala Malls Earth Friendly Philosophy

August 21, 2009 at 10:00am
Glorietta, Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Ayala Center Cebu, Market! Market!, BHS & TriNoma

Celebrating our earth-friendly roots:

ECO-TOTE: Beginning August 21, Concierge
-Ayala Malls launches the Ayala Malls reusable, limited-edition, eco-friendly bag line by six Filipino designers --- Randy Ortiz, Jun Escario, Patrice Ramos-Diaz, Vic Barba, Michi Calic-Sotto & Louis Claparols, whose proceeds benefits the World Wide Fund for Nature Philippines (WWF) and each designers’ adopted philanthropic organization. Ayala Malls supports WWF, the world’s largest organization dedicated to the conservation and restoration of the environment, which receives P100 from each sale of the Ayala Malls reusable bags for their nature initiatives in the country. The Ayala Malls reusable bag available at the concierge of the Ayala Malls hopes to encourage shoppers to think green as well.

ECO-RUN: September 13, BHS-BGC-BHS @ 5AM
Distance categories: 3km, 5km, 10km and 21km
Registration Starts on August 13 at the Concierge

ECO-ART: August 28 to September 11

GREEN LINE: September 16 to 30

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Eastwood City presents QC Na Year 2
Kulinaryo, turismo, talento, atbp.

Top Culinary Restaurant Trendsetters Recognition Night
August 21 - 7:00 PM
Eastwood Mall Atrium

Fruit and Vegetable Carving Competition
August 22 - 6:00 PM
Central Plaza

BBQ & Original Sauces Competition
August 23 - 2:00 PM
Central Plaza

Cocktail Mixed Drink Competition (Amateur)
August 23 - 3:30 PM
Central Plaza

Cocktail Mixed Drink Competition (Professional)
August 23 - 5:00 PM
Central Plaza

For inquiries, please call 927-7208

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Mini 50th Anniversary - Car Show
Evolution of an Icon

August 22, 2009
8:00am - 11:00pm
People's Village, Tiendesitas

PinoyMini.Com in cooperation with PLAYBOY Philippines presents...

"MINI 50TH ANNIVERSARY - Evolution of an Icon"

MINI car show, MINI owners gathering, MINI swap meet, MINI scale model exhibit, and even more MINIs!

with special participation of PLAYBOY August cover girl MS. GRACE ORACION of The Mocha Girls, PLAYMATE of the Month Ms. Barbie San Miguel and Hi-C of DiCE&k9 MOBBSTARR.

More info at and

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Why Not A ReimagiNATION?

August 22, 2009
Ayala Museum

Why Not A ReimagiNATION?

Imagine the New Filipino :
Homebound, not Outbound.
Competitive, not Complacent.
Global Perspective, not Regional Mindset.
Renegades, not Robots

Speakers confirmed so far :
Paco Sandejas, Brain Gain Network
Major Dennis Eclarin, Philippine Army
Howie Severino, Journalist
and Rapa Lopa, Executive Director of Benigno Aquino Foundation on his Tita Cory's reimagination of the New Filipino through her work and advocacies

Tickets at P200 each. Please email for reservations

Address :
Dela Rosa
Makati City, Metro Manila
02 757 3000

Location Map :
Please see the Map in the gallery Ayala Museum is the one with the A sign :D

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DESSA sing OPM Classics
Buwan ng Musikang Pilipino

August 23, 2009
4:00pm - 7:00pm
SM City Taytay

SM City Taytay celebrates Buwan ng Musikang Pilipino with one of the country's original and true divas as she returns for a special homecoming concert featuring a special repertoire of all-time favorite OPM hits.

DESSA! Sings OPM Classics
A Homecoming Concert

DESSA, the long recognized “Divette” in Philippine Music Industry, the petite diva who made a remarkable performance that made her a “star” as she bagged the 1993 Federation Internationale Def Organisation de Festival (FIDOF) award, held in Russia, a prestigious award giving body that accredits outstanding talented young artists which represents an international confirmation honoring their excellence. The advocate of the Filipino artists in international singing competition, she has nevertheless earned recognition as she makes her countrymen proud by bringing more international awards such as, the SAGA YOSHINOGARI FESTA’98, Asia Music Festival held in Saga, Japan, and winning the “Best Interpreter Award” in the 1999 ASIA SONG FESTIVAL in Malaysia.

The powerful voice that often echoes in concert venues, studios, lounges and in most places where music aficionados gather, has also put her to the title of “The Front-Act Queen” where performances from International Artists like Patti Austin, Color Me Badd, Mike Francis, Denise Williams, David Benoit, Richard Elliot, Brian Adams, Lisa Stanfield, Cece Peniston, has been graced by this young diva. The open admiration for Dessa has not denied the fact that she captured the attention of these musical icons of her singing prowess, as Patti Austin quoted after hearing her sang in her concert “I should be the one singing front act for her”. Aside from her regular performances and special invitation for corporate events, she has also invaded theater as she performs in numerous musical acts such as the Valentine Musicale entitled “Something Stupid Called Love” held at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Dessa also performed the Philippine National Anthem in Manny Pacquiao vs. Hector Velazquez fight at the 19,000 crowd capacity Staples Center in Los Angeles, California; And on August 15, 2009 she will be showcasing her singing prowess again in the upcoming fight of Nonito Donaire at the Hardrock Resort Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas by singing the Philippine National Anthem.

Dessa has continuously making waves with her local achievements. With her capability to carry out diversified music in her unique and notable interpretation, no doubt that mounting a full performance would be that easy. As she started at a young age, she has reaped the fruit of her patience and love for her craft to stand out and create a name that she would be known for. This young achiever has never stopped exploring her talents, true to her vision, every day is a challenge and each opportunity deserves the greatest devotion.

For inquiries, call SM City Taytay at 661.2033-37 or email or SM City Marikina at 447.1686, 477.1688-90 or email

You can also join both malls at Facebook - SM City Taytay & SM City Marikina or Multiply at and exclusive portal


Azrael Coladilla is the blogger and founder of Azrael's Merryland Blog. This blog started as a personal blog in 2003, and then converted the blog into a lifeblog about his interest and reporting about pop culture, lifestyle, entertainment, technology, food, travel, toys, outdoor adventure, internet and social media. Awarded as the 2009 Most Influential Blogger for Luzon, Philippines, awarded by the Philippine Blog Awards. He is the founder of several online communities - Manila Bloggers Network, Philippine Bloggers Network, Oh My Food! community, Cavite Bloggers, Travel and Blog Community, and Philippine ToyCon. Azrael's Merryland Blog is included in a list of top 50 Blogs in the Philippines , ranked 65th in Top 100 Blogs that Matter , 49 must read lifestyle blog in the Philippines. and rank 40th in 100 Top Philippine Blogs by Feedspot.
He loves to travel, explore, discover, eat new food, document and record his life, meet new people, do photography and collect Transformers toys.
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