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Saturday, September 04, 2010

Starbucks Announces Availability of Starbucks VIA® Ready Brew in the Philippines

I just received good news from Starbucks, and this is about their announcement that the Starbucks VIA Ready Brew will be available this mid September in all branches of Starbucks. Coffee fans and addicts will be happy to hear this announcement and everyone can enjoy Starbucks coffee at home, in the office and every where.

Check out the news article below for more details.

CONTEST: You can win P1500 in Rustan’s GCs! Join UnionBank Shop & Talk’s Shoot, Tag and Win!

UnionBank is having a contest and its just an easy Facebook game for everyone, get a chance to win P1,500 worth of Rustan's Gift certificate and also get a chance to win P25,000 at the end of the promo for the People's choice award.

in order to join, check out the simple mechanics:
1. Join the Shoot, Tag and Win Promo, by visiting the Facebook page and press LIKE or be a fan of the page.

2. Then upload a unique shopping photo of yourself and write a creative story or caption in your photo. Don't forget to add "UnionBank Shoot, Tag, Win! Tag yourself" title first as your caption before your write up.

3. Prizes include Samsung cellphones, P1,500 Rustan's GC for weekly winners and a P25,000 for people choice award at the end of the promo

3. Shop & Talk from UnionBank is the only credit card that rewards you with prepaid load and postpaid rebates on your cell phone every time you use it

visit the contest page now at

** announcement of the final winner will be on October 4, 2010

CONTEST: Find Larry Alcala and win a SOLO shirt

SOLOcontest - At A Rural Bank by Larry Alcala
Here's a fun game at SOLO, I just saw this in their Facebook page, and you need to download the comics Slice of Life and find Larry Alcala's head in the drawings, its a classic game for us and I remember I spend times and even hours looking at it in a pages of a local magazine where the Slice of Life was first printed and its a Sunday activity with my family to have a contest at home and see who can pin point the location of Larry Alcala's head. If you want to join the contest, just go to their contest website and encircle Larry and sent it via email, winners will receive a Solo Larry Alcala shirt. visit the contest page at
can you spot Larry Alcala?

my comment: arghh its hard to locate Larry Alcala's head via a laptop or computer, this game is much different,although that we can zoom into the picture and look at it clearly, but the search becomes more difficult, I think we should print this and look at it in a hard copy version ahhahaa.

CONTEST: SOLO Model Search Online Contest

Its time for you to become a model by joining the SOLO Model Search Online Contest, the contest mechanics is easy, all you have to do is buy a Solo Larry Alcala Collection and wear it, and have yourself a fashion photo with it and submit it as your entry, to view the full mechanics here in their official micro site at

FASHION: SOLO Larry Alcala Collection

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SOLO just launched a Pinoy Cartoonist Memorabilia collection and featuring in their product and clothing line are the works of my favorite pinoy cartoonist - Larry Alcala.

His works and other characters with funny scenes from the Slice of Life series are embedded now in their clothing line for men and women, the designs are also available in their non clothing line such as bangles, clutch, necklace, locks, keychain tote bag and watch.

I go crazy with these because I love Larry Alcala's after I discovered his comics and slice of life during my youngling years. Now his works are in Solo and the Larry Alcala slice of life is now alive again, from print to clothing. Let's look for the Larry Alcalas' head and face in Solo's shirts.

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featured below are some of the products from SOLO with Larry Alcala's work, also I posted one of my favorite designs

HBO garners 25 Emmy awards for The Pacific, Entourage 7 and many other HBO Original productions

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I just missed watching the Emmy A Wards for this year but its okay, because one of my favorite series - The Pacific, just won as the most outstanding mini series, outstanding art direction for a mini series/movies and outstanding casting for a miniseries/movies. And as a way of thanking everyone, the HBO Original Series - The Pacific will return to HBO as an encore run this September 5, 2010 at 11am and 12:05am as a part of an Emmy Special, its a 2 episodes back to back weekly.

Wow! Congrats to the whole team of The Pacific. In other news from HBO, they got 101 nominations and received 25 Emmy Awards, as I heard that HBO got most of it than any network for 2010.

Congratulations to HBO (check out the list below of HBO series that received an award)

Filipino Executive Chef Cristeta Comerford of White House on CNN Talk Asia

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Check out the feature and interview of CNN Talk Asia to Filipino Executive Chef Cristeta Comerford of the White House, you can watch the interview today September 4 at 7:30pm, September 5 at 3:30am and 4:30pm, and Sept. 6 at 2:30am, get to know more about how she started as a chef in the White House and the Obama's favorite food, hmm could be pinoy food?
read more below on the feature and short intro about Chef Cristeta

MOVIES: Oliver Stone lashes at institutionalized sharks in Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps

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Michael Douglas is back in his Oscar®-winning role as Gordon Gekko whose iconic “Greed is good” mantra and daring corporate raids made him a rock star of financial titans. No longer the king of Wall Street, Gekko emerges from Federal prison after serving eight years. While away, his wife has divorced him, his son has died, and his one remaining family member, his daughter Winnie (Carey Mulligan), won’t speak to him. (more below)

MOVIES: Love and Other Drugs - a romantic adult comedy movie

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Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway previously left jaws dropped in the adult movie “Brokeback Mountain.” Years later, after both leaped from one box-office hit to another, Gyllenhaal and Hathaway reunite in the upcoming romantic comedy “Love And Other Drugs” for a slap of the awe-stunning realities in adult relationships. (more below)

MOVIES: Director Ryan Murphy Talks About "Eat Pray Love"

For Nip/Tuck and Glee creator Ryan Murphy — a man who likes change — discovering the best-selling memoir Eat Pray Love proved a real boon. The 44-year-old filmmaker read the book upon its 2006 release and felt an immediate connection. He’d even go as far as saying that the book altered his life.

“It spoke to me on such a personal level,” begins Murphy, the man who adapted the screenplay and directed the cinematic incarnation starring Julia Roberts. “I read it as a fan, I had just come through a terrible break up, and what it said to me is that it is never too late to reinvent yourself. It is never too late to try to be happy. If you are in a bad relationship try and get out of it and if you don’t like where you are living, try and change it.” (more below)

Friday, September 03, 2010

TECH: Samsung introduces their own Android tablet - Samsung Galaxy Tab

Samsung announced their new product line in their own press conference hours ago at the Samsung in 2010 IFA in Berlin, Germany, and I missed the press con in live stream and I was late for about an hour when they did the press con and I waited for their press release the entire day, but here it is and this is to introduce the SAMSUNG GALAXY TAB (Model GT:P1000), this is the very first tablet by Samsung that is powered by Android OS 2.2.

Users can now experience a PC like web browsing and enjoy multimedia content in this light weight tablet with a 7 inch TFT LCD display screen. Also they can use the tablet in sending emails, voice and video calls, SMS and MMS, and also for social networking. It is also support Adobe Flash Player 10.1, and you will have a more smooth viewing of every web pages when you load it in the Samsung Galaxy Tab. (more below)

My response in shooting the Blogger

I just received this via email and I want to share this to everyone, I'm excited to work with this international photographer, and I met him before already in a local party event and wow! check out his portfolio!
As you may know, I'm a photographer from San Francisco who is based here now in Manila. I have been able to shoot actor Martin Sheen, musician Mark Hoppus (Blink 182), actor Kevin Sorbo (Hercules), athlete Jerry Rice, comedian Chris Tucker, and others. Locally, I've been able to shoot Cristine Reyes, Rhian Ramos, Diether Ocampo, Angelica Panganiban, Angel Aquino, and Jake Cuenca. I have been published in local and international glossies and mostly shoot fashion.

The reason why I'm emailing you is that I am undergoing a personal project of mine to photograph some of the most influential bloggers here in the Philippines. And I would like to start with you. That is, if you're interested.
and answer is YES!
so let's pray for a good weather and let's start that shoot!
I will reveal soon our international photographer

and on other news, I was suppose to be a TV guest for this morning show, but a day before the taping,they postponed my sched and they resched it on another date. That topic is all about toys and gifts for Christmas. oh, didn't know that the "Ber" month is already here.. and it smells it is Christmas time.

Get a chance to win limited edition Ben 10's ULTIMATRIX! from Cartoon Network

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Cartoon Network will give away this limited edition Ben 10's Ultimatrix to one lucky fan, if you want to participate in a contest and interested to have this, then read the info below for instructions and mechanics. This giveaway is inline with the launch of " Ben 10: Ultimate Alien" and the toy line by Bandai and sold at Toy Kingdom. Contest will run September 7 to 30, 2010.
(read more below)

Thursday, September 02, 2010

my coverage: #bloggerfiesta Manila photos

blogger fiesta collage
bloggerfiesta manila = 87 bloggers in one venue

Finally! All my photo coverage has been uploaded, I like to apologize for the late upload, because I need to take a rest and also attend some events the day after our Blogger Fiesta. Thanks so much guys for attending and I hope we can have more events like this in the future. I also enjoy organizing events and this is a proof that we can organize events even that we don't have any budget. I organize lots of events years ago before I go into the heat of blogging and the passion of organizing events without a budget is fun. You can now browse all my photo coverages and save everything to your desktop, I'm also uploading it in my Facebook, so that you can tag everyone there. And I like to thank once more our sponsors for helping us, supporting us and made this event possible.. thanks to Fully Booked, Krispy Kreme, Greenwich, Jollibee, Geiser Maclang,, and to YOU. tnx tnx 106 bloggers who signed up...and 87bloggers who made it to the event.

Links of the albums are located below
have fun and happy blogging!!!
and happy 11th birthday to

TECH: Apple announces new iPod shuffle, iPod nano with touch screen, iPod Touch dual camera, iOS 4.2, Airplay, Ping and many more

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I didn't expected that they will have a press con today and I just saw Steve Job's glowing face from their press con today and I prayed for a faster internet connection to watch their press con in live video stream. Steve looks more excited and he presented to us their new products and cool upgrades in their Apple line up. I'm going to list here some great news and time to update your Christmas wishlist, because all of these new ipods will be available next week in the USA.

Steve Jobs showed up on stage after that Beatles music on the background and tells everyone - ""we got really good stuff to show""

check out below our news

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

TECH: Apple live streaming press con today at Sept 2 @ 1AM Manila time

I just received a media alert from our local PR about the livestreaming of the press conference of Apple that will happen today September 2, 2010 at 1:00AM Manila, Philippines time. The important announcement can be viewed via a live video stream at

To watch the live video stream you are required to watch it in a Mac book running in Safari, or from an Iphone, Ipod Touch and Ipad.

I don't know what will be the big announcement and its sad that I don't have a Mac here at home, so I'll just get updates from Twitter and some blogs.

and finally, ustream video here

#bloggerfiesta Manila hang over

Thanks everyone for attending last night's Blogger Fiesta Manila, and also thanks to for giving us their service as our blogging platform and releasing lots of new features, thanks super to our sponsors for making this event possible - Fully Booked, Krispy Kreme, Greenwich, Jollibee, Geiser Maclang,, and to YOU.

I'm organizing all my photo coverages and will upload it tonight after I arrive home, got tired last night and it was fun meeting up and be with our fellow Manila Bloggers.

Im going to attend an event and will distribute the goodies there to those who made it to attend last night. see you and happy blogging.

video: Manila Bloggers greets BLOGGER.COM a happy 11th birthday at #bloggerfiesta Manila last night

I almost forgot to take a lot of video last night from our Blogger Fiesta Manila, and this is the end of the Blogger Fiesta last night at around 10pm in Fully Booked Bonifacio High Street. Check out this video and see our Manila blogger friends greets at my Nokia C3 phone camera and say Happy Birthday Blogger!

Eraserheads CD box set to be released this month

ok..its time to save more money and buy this 10 CD and one DVD of the ultimate awesome ultra electro magnetic super duper major major CD collection of the Eraserheads, I know you miss the big pinoy band and now here's your chance to own one whole set of their album.

Karla Redor posted this announcement and also date in her blog
check it out here - >

and here's a preview of the box set

the box set will be sold only into an exclusive store in Manila. (go go go read Karla's blog)
a fellow blogger told me weeks ago that this CD box set might be priced at around P1.3k

pic via

Ice Ice Watch baby!


I just received this invitation for the launch of Ice Watch tonight, and I'm not familiar yet with this watch brand and after doing some research and learned that they a Belgium based watch brand and now they are here in the Philippines. They already did some mall tours and tonight we will look at it and see how these Ice Watches are called toy watches.
more pics below

CONTEST: Win KRAFT gift packs by posting how to fight malnutrition

Here's another online contest for everyone, its just simple, all you have to do is post it in your Facebook wall and then get lucky to be chosen as one of the winner. The contest is about the "Palamantasan ng Sarap, Sustansya at Saya", it is the largest inter-school competition for grade school students here in the Philippines, the focus of this competition is to fight malnutrition in a way of having a fun and interactive education and teachings for kids to have proper nutrition and health snacking.

Because according to UNICEF, there are 8 million Filipino children are malnourished and underweight, we need to do something and act fast and don't want to be the next malnourished country. In line with this project, a contest will be organized here and it will be sponsored by "Palamantasan ng Sarap, Sustansya at Saya".

Read the mechanics below
1. Visit and go to the Facebook Page of "Palamantasan ng Sarap, Sustansya at Saya"
and add yourself as a fan, by clicking "LIKE"

2. Post a pledge in your own Facebook wall on "how to fight malnutrition in our country" and then tag the Facebook Page of "Palamantasan ng Sarap, Sustansya at Saya"

example: @Palamantasan ng Sarap, Sustansya at Saya I will eat vegetables and include it in my daily meals (read more below)

Winners of the UNILAB contest :share your positive idea

I have now the list of winners of this contest sponsored by UNILAB here in my blog, and from 10 finalist, we got now 5 winners judged by the people from UNILAB.

here are the winners
1. Bachuchay
2. IzadoraGrace
3. Leah
4. Maricel Glanida
5. Marizen Villamor

attn: Bachuchay and Lea
pls post a comment here with your email so that I can send you the details on how to claim your prize. pls use the same computer that you used when you posted your entry here in my blog, I need to identify you as the winner and compare if you IP address will match the same.

congrats to all winners.. you will receive an email from me of details on how to claim your prizes. Each winner will receive two gift packs from UNILAB. Thanks again for joining and watch out again for more games, contest and prizes here in my blog.

related blog post
Contest page and their entries

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Jollibee joins #bloggerfiesta Manila, Philippines
I just received a txt message minutes ago and they confirmed that Jollibee will be one of our food sponsor for the Blogger Fiesta here in Manila chapter. Its a jump for joy for me and Im now excited for the big event tonight.

it will be a ground for learning, meet new people, friends,do networking and enjoy the yummy food of Greenwich, Krispy Kreme and JOLLIBEE!!

thanks also to Fully Booked for the venue, Geiser Maclang Communications Inc. for the giveaways and raffle prizes, Jonel Uy and our blogger friends and network for helping me with this event.

thanks and see you all tonight.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010
6:00 PM
Top Shelf, 5th floor of Fully Booked, Bonifacio High Street, Global City, Taguig.
Manila, Philippines

Event will start at 6PM

Directions to Bonifacio High Street -


tentative sched of program

August 31, 2010
2pm – ingress
3pm – decoration
5pm – food delivered
6pm – event start
7pm – food fest
8pm – bloggers conference
9pm – games and raffles
10pm – internet all the way and networking
1030pm – event end

Blogger speakers for the conference hour

1. Jonely Uy of and
also for and

2. Fitz Villafuerte of

3. Jomar Hilario of


CONTEST: Think big in IMAX and win free IMAX tickets

SM Cinema is having a photo contest in all IMAX theater in SM Malls, all you have to do is take a photo with these giant items located in our IMAX theaters and upload it in their Facebook page, the best photo and most creative photo will award you free IMAX screening tickets. see poster below for the mechanics

movie bloggers!! photo op tayo!


Geiser Maclang Communications Inc supports #bloggerfiesta Manila, Philippines

This is the most exciting part whenever there is an event.. - "raffle prizes and giveaway".
Thanks so much to Geiser Maclang Communications Inc for sponsoring these cool tech/gadgets giveaway for tonight's Blogger Fiesta. They will be providing giveaways for our 50 early registrants and also bringing in some ipods and GC's for a camera or mobile phone for the lucky raffle draw.

wow! I didn't expected that the Blogger Fiesta global event celebration for is getting so awesome! thanks again for our sponsors and our bloggers for supporting this - no budget event that I organized for everyone.

and also..let's great BLOGGER.COM a happy 11th birthday!

happy blogging!

Monday, August 30, 2010

Greenwich Pizza joins #bloggerfiesta Manila, Philippines

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This is fun!
thanks to Greenwich for being one of our food sponsor for Blogger Fiesta, they will be sending these 18 inches pizzas at the event.

and for the big day!
I'm inviting you to come and join with us

Register here
event will start on August 31, 2010 at 6PM
at Topshelf, 5th level of Fully Booked Bonifacio High Street, Global City, Taguig.
Manila, Philippines.

yey! Happy 11th Birthday

GAMING: SM Cyberzone's cinema gaming tournament in SM Marikina

It was a major major insane set up and its my 1st time to see a video gaming tournament held inside the cinema. It was awesome and its like watching a Pacquiao match and everyone is embedded with high energy and cheering up their team mates. SM Cyberzone did anther great contribution for our gaming entertainment and its fun to see everyone go crazy battle head to head and see it live in the giant big screen. The gaming tournament took place in the cinema of SM Marikina, and it was packed of gamers, friends and their families, so busy watching and give support for their team.

In the afternoon, Tekken was the main game and later on at night, it was a 4 to 4 match in Special Forces. I was watching in front and see the main map of the game and everyone screams whenever there's a one man team left in the field and tries to win over the match. It was awesome and hope they can organize more on cinema gaming in other malls.

congrats to all winners!
check out for more photos below

The launch of SM Cinema Celebrity VIP Club

SM Cinema just launched their special celebrity VIP Club and this is offered exclusively to celebrities and media personalities in our country today. Few months ago, they launched the VIP club cards to the ABS CBN stars, and last week they started to award the VIP cards to the GMA 7 stars. I saw the list and they showed me a total of 50 GMA celebrities who received the VIP cards.

Each member with a card will enjoy free movie watching with a companion every month at any SM Cinema regular and digital theater, including IMAX and Directors Club. The member will experience a VIP treatment and they will be assisted by the cinema butlers in entering and delivering them their Snacktime food in their seats, no need to line up or purchase it. There will be also special discounts to participating partners like Toby's Sports, Barre3, Ideal Vision Center, Izod, Skin Dermatology and Laser Center, The Spa, Van Heusen, Mario's Restarurant and many more.

more pics below

Bloggers hang out at Eton Centris Walk in Q.C.

Me and our blogger friends checked out this new place and venue located near the Q.C. Ave. MRT station. The new Eton Centris walk is a new restaurant venue and activity area for everyone. I just saw their line up of restaurants and they have Asya, Pancake House, Tutti Fruti, Italianis, My Thai, Pho Hoa, Jack's Loft, Zong, and many more. The trademark structure in Eton Centris is the mushroom like tower that glows at night, they call it the "constellation", it also serves as a giant umbrella for everyone, we tested it and we didnt got wet under the heavy rain. Upcoming stores to open are Fully Booked, Powerstation, CBTL, and Claw Daddy.
They also host a Weekend market and bazaar every Saturday 6am-12nn.

Check out my feature below and see Eton Centris in a short photo coverage.

reward of the day - Nokia C3

my new partner

I finally bought my new mobile phone, the Nokia C3. I bought it from a mobile phone store in SM Bacoor last Sunday and I planned to buy this since last week, because my Samsung phone is already defective and died the other day. The Nokia C3 has a discounted price of P6,390 and I bought the black color (they call it color grey). I love this phone because of the Nokia Messaging Service and an easy access for me to connect to Facebook and Twitter,and also for mobile email with Gmail and chat services.

I love the feature also that this phone can act as your modem, you can connect the phone via bluetooth to your pc or laptop and use the 3G connection for you to go online without inserting any usb cable. I'm still surfing it and will use this for now one for my Smart network. This Nokia C3 phone is my 2nd phone in my life that I purchase hehehe. My 1st phone was years ago, and that was an Alcatel phone.

I'm also using the 7 day free trial of the Nokia Messaging via Smart, its a free unlimited online access and I heard they have a promo for a P20 per day.

check out some pics below

You are invited to the Blogger Fiesta Philippines

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Inviting all bloggers and users of to come and attend the global celebration and event for the 11th birthday of

August 31, 2010
anytime, anywhere

visit below the links of registration or sign ups for the event (free event for all)

Manila (will start at 6PM)
Iloilo City (4pm)
Cebu City (6pm)

for the Manila Blogger Fiesta, we like to thank Fully Booked, Krispy Kreme, Greenwich Pizza and for joining and supporting us.

Krispy Kreme joins Blogger Fiesta Manila, Philippines
yey! Krispy Kreme will be our food sponsor for the Blogger Fiesta Manila, Philippines tomorrow in Fully Booked Topshelf. They will bring lots of doughnuts and coffee for everyone! thanks so much Krispy Kreme for supporting us bloggers.

and for the big day!
I'm inviting you to come and join with us

Register here
event will start on August 31, 2010 at 6PM
at Topshelf, 5th level of Fully Booked Bonifacio High Street, Global City, Taguig.
Manila, Philippines.

yey! Happy 11th Birthday

Top 10 things you should know in watching movie premieres in the Philippines

Here's a fun blog project that I thought of minutes ago, I was about to write the top 10 movie theaters in Manila, but I need to hold that for a moment because I haven't tried one old cinema and a newly opened cinema. So let's start the top 10 things you should know in watching a movie premiere here in Manila, Philippines. (read more below)

Sunday, August 29, 2010

event: Be the 1st human OREO and get DUNKED!

OREO is having a series of events and one event will be today in SM Megamall's Event Center. The activity will be about your being the human OREO and you will be dunked in the wall of milk, kids and parents can play in tandem and enjoy the fun OREO games. There will be also fun areas for kids and parents like the OREO Face Painting Booth, OREO Find the Word Game Booth and the OREO Sticky Darts Booth.

Me and my family will visit this event and hope to see you there!

here are some dates of other OREO events

SM Megamall (August 29)
Trinoma (September 12)
Market! Market! (September 26)
Festival Mall (October 3)

for fun details, visit
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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