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Saturday, March 03, 2012

A night of Nenelyn, Hangal na Luha and winner of Intel Sing to Win

SING TO WIN finalists and winners flanked  by 'Hangal na Luha' stars Jun Sabayton, Caloy Olavides and executives  from Intel,Acer,Asus,Lenovo,Neo and Samsung
SING TO WIN finalists and winners flanked by 'Hangal na Luha' stars Jun Sabayton, Caloy Olavides and executives from Intel,Acer,Asus,Lenovo,Neo and Samsung

I failed to attend the screening and also announcement of the winner of Intel Sing to Win contest, I'm not aware about the contest because I'm out of the loop recently but I got updated when I stumbled this video in YouTube with the title "Hangal na Luha" its a mini web episode series directed by RA Rivera and starring Jun Sabayton, Caloy Olavides and 1st appearance of the super star of the web series that was named "Nenelyn", but the story is not about her, but the story is about the character of Jun Sabayton.

After watching the series and some links were provided, I noticed that the video is hosted at Intel's YouTube account, after some click then I saw that music video contest that was going on last year. I saw this mini short films last January and happy to see its big viral success and now Nenelyn has thousands of fans waiting for a Facebook page account :)

Here's the 1st eps. of Hangal na Luha

Rodolfo dreams of becoming a cultural dancer. He goes to Manila and finds his friend George to help him with his aspirations. Will Rodolfo succeed in his cultural dancer dreams?

and here's the grand prize winner of Intel Sing to Win

Intel Sing to Win MTV entry
Original SOng by kamikazee - Narda
sang by :
kenneth bryan leanoardo
video directed and produced by gary stephen sta cruz

After watching the video, I told to myself..okay..I can do that, shoot and do some killer video editing...then I noticed on the video..oh wait...did they just sing and perform???? ohh wow.. its a unique music video contest that requires participant to sing, perform and record their music video, this is not a lip sync music video contest, but a talent of both creative sides in video production and also music. After I discover it...I hide under the sheets and prayed... sana I can have those talents too hahahah.

congrats to the grand prize winner! I'm going to watch those 10 finalist on Youtube later...
and since that I'm so busy....I'll just copy paste the info here about the contest and winners.

let's do Ctrl V!!

Intel ‘Sing to Win’ Winners Announced
Online music-video-making contest puts spotlight on
Filipino talent and creativity

MANILA, PHILIPPINES, March 1, 2012 -- Intel Philippines recently concluded its most exciting and notable campaign to date, ‘Sing to Win’, with an awards night recognizing the top ten winners of its online music-video-making contest. The campaign celebrates Filipinos’ love for singing, and encourages participants to demonstrate their skills in creating original music videos.

Among the top three finalists are Digital Showdown alumni Gary Sta. Cruz and Jay Jamoralin, both of whom displayed remarkable talent in the musical and video-editing arena. Sta. Cruz’ delivery of Kamikazee hit Narda won him the coveted grand prize, a complete home recording studio showcase and a notebook powered by a 2nd Generation Intel Core i7 processor. Jay Jamoralin’s cover of Jaya’s Wala Na Bang Pag-ibig garnered the first runner-up title, winning him select Behringer sound system equipment and a 2nd Generation Intel Core i5 notebook. Second runner-up Niq Ablao also impressed the judges with her tasteful rendition of Parokya Ni Edgar’s Harana, and was able to take home sound system equipment from Behringer and a 2nd Generation Intel Core i3 notebook.

Not to be outdone were ‘Sing to Win’ semi-finalists Carizza Janine Panaligan (Dadalhin – Regine Velasquez), Henry Abesamis (Narda - Kamikazee), Larah Dela Cruz (Torete – Moonstar88), Mesezabel Montano (Luha - Aegis), Paul Ryan Cudel (Pagdating ng Panahon – Regine Velasquez), Rose Ann Rosales-Tan (Dadalhin – Regine Velasquez), and Shiela Hulgado (Wala Na Bang Pag-ibig - Jaya).
The online contest ran on Facebook for six months ending last January 31, 2012. Contest participants were tasked to create an original music video using any of the pre-selected OPM songs on the official Intel Philippines Sing to Win Facebook page. All contest entries were judged on creative merit and general appeal, as well as technical skill, song rendition and artistic impact.

To generate more buzz around the campaign and to serve as indie film guru for the contest participants, Filipino internet sensation Jun Sabayton was brought onboard with the production of Hangal Na Luha, an eight-episode web series telling the street-to-stardom story of an ambitious yet talented average Juan. The series has quickly become immensely popular online and continues to receive praise from a wide YouTube audience. Directed by esteemed indie film director R.A. Rivera, with which Intel has previously collaborated on its short-film-making campaign Digital Showdown, Hangal Na Luha also stars conceptual artist and funnyman Kaloy Olavides.

Sing to Win nationwide interactive mall shows completed
With the participation of Lenovo, Acer, Samsung, Asus and Neo, Intel ‘Sing to Win’ visited thirty locations nationwide over the course of five months. Mall goers were able to see, touch and feel the latest gadgets from Intel and leading PC brands through an extensive product showcase, live demos and on-the-spot video-editing tutorials.

Interested participants were encouraged to join a road show contest per mall leg, in which they were challenged to perform and create music videos on-site. Participants with the most creative and engaging videos took home notebooks powered by a 2nd Generation Intel core processor.

Sing to Win Facebook application launched
The experience was replicated online with the ‘Sing to Win’ Facebook application. The app allows users to create, edit and post original music videos on the Intel Philippines Facebook page, giving them the chance to share their performance with a global audience.

“Since the beginning of the campaign, there have been over 5,500 installations of the app and over 10,000 music videos produced, doubling the Intel Philippines Facebook fan base to 130,000 fans,” says Intel Philippines marketing manager Randy Kanapi. “Content related to our Facebook page has been viewed over 4.5 million times since August 2011, thanks to the Sing to Win campaign.”

With the favorable outcome of its Sing to Win campaign, Intel Philippines continues to deliver the ultimate PC experience to avid users and first-time PC buyers. Having successfully communicated PC relevance to the local entertainment industry, Intel continues to experience growth in the local PC market despite the increase in the demand for mobile devices.


Friday, March 02, 2012

CBTL in Ronac Art Center is a space pod to planet Mars

A must visit for coffee lovers and art fans and also artist..
the design of the cafe is unique and it looks like space pod. I'll visit this whenever I'm near the area, there's a special promo going on til March 4, 2012. Buy any signature drinks for just P100 from 4pm-6pm.


more photos here

here's a PR news about the opening

Wishing you could have a bit of artistry to go with your daily dose of coffee or tea?

Making a very creative debut at Manila’s newest art and retail hub—Ronac Art Center—is gourmet coffee and tea purveyor, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®.

“Again, one of our main goals has always been to make it easier for all Filipinos to have access to the best brews available out there,” explains Walden Chu, President of The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®. “Like in all our other stores, we took very careful consideration before deciding on this new location because we wanted to make sure it will indeed present convenience to all our followers.”

The new The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® store opened today, February 27, 2012. It is conveniently located in Ronac Art Center’s ground floor and caters to all sorts of coffee and tea aficionados in the Ortigas-Greenhills area. Staying true to the location's avant-garde nature, the store's design debuts a very interesting new look that's unlike any other in the country.

“It’s the perfect partnership,” adds Walden. “For some reason, coffee or tea and art seem very logical. Both exist in the same plane in a way that they both require a great amount of skill and expertise for one to get it right.”

As in all of its locations, the new branch offers The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf's® full selection of internationally-acclaimed blends made only from the finest grades of custom roasted Arabica coffee and hand-plucked whole leaf teas sourced only from the most exclusive regions around the world. The store also offers fresh baked goods, sweet treats, and a line of complementary coffee and tea merchandise.

In line with its debut, The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf® branch in Ronac Art Center is holding a special promotion from February 27 to March 4, 2012. During the said period, customers can come to the store between 4:00 to 6:00 PM and purchase any of their favorite beverages for only P100.

Aria Cucina Italiana restaurant - from Boracay and now here in Manila (review)

Me and my family visited this new restaurant in south wing of the a newly built Bonifacio High Street, a new section of BHS and sometimes I call it BHS 3, I received an invitation to check its soft opening last January 28 and I’m so glad that we went to BHS that day and did our food adventure with my baby boy and my wife. I just learned that Aria Cucina Italiana is not a new restaurant here in the Philippines, it’s a restaurant that was first seen in the island of Boracay in 2003 and it is one of the popular dining places and must visit if you are in Boracay.

I have visited their Boracay branch last year, at first I took me a while to remember the look of the place and I’m so lazy to check my Boracay photos on my external HD and decided to check the photos online from their official website and then I saw that it is the same resto that we visit every year to eat with PR people and media friends whenever we have out of town trip and events to cover in Boracay. I always remember that we place a long table inside that narrow floorings of their Boracay branch. But It’s a surprise that Aria Cucina Italiana is here in Manila and didn’t expected they have lots of followers and mostly customers who regularly visits Aria Cucina Italiana in Boracay, the word of mouth about their Manila branch spreads fast and there we encounter the soft opening that night with lots of walk in customers and then the week just become an Aria Cunina Italiana mania and heard that long waiting lines occur infront of the resto and their Manila customers are so excited to try it here and feel the taste of Italian style cuisine and dream of sipping cold fruit shake by the beach.


Aria Opening Chef Poster

When we entered the resto we received an advice from the resto manager that on their soft opening day is not yet in full blast so we should expect that some food on the menu are not available, we say that its okay and I’m just curious on what they will offer to us and I want to introduce them to my family so that they can try Aria and not require them to travel to Boracay.

so here are the food we ordered that night

Margherita Pizza, Aria is famous for creating yummy pizza and baked them on woodfire and brick oven, having brick oven pizza is the best, this pizza is priced at Php 390 and it can be served to 3 people

Caesar Salad, my wife always order this and since other salads are not available and we decided to order the ones that are a regular name on the menu. Priced at P355

Watermelon shake, best watermelon shake that night, I can feel the Boracay breeze after one sip aahaaha, priced at P120

Costincine de agnello, the grilled lamb arrives late on our table, I understand that but its okay because I know that grilling this meat should be not on burned level, it is the grand prize of our waiting time and happy that I took home some left over, the best lamb meat with perfect taste and mix of spice, I suggest you order this. Priced at P980.

behind the scenes....

my wife mrs. is so busy with her pizza

Baby Ash joins our food monster adventure.... so sad that they don't have yet any high chair for toddlers

busog! and enjoying the view here in south wing of BHS

entrance view of Aria

our view from Aria, you'll see the dancing fountains with lights below

read this before you order and eat!

Anito statue infront of the restaurant

table set up

dining view, as you can see that the set up is not entirely the same from their Boracay branch

close look on the menu

try their weekly special

menu on our table

and here are some food that I should try next time

Spinaci e Funghi
Spinaci e Funghi

Flan al Cioccolato
Flan al Cioccolato

Fettucine Nere in Crema di Mare
Fettucine Nere in Crema di Mare

Branzino alla griglia
Branzino all griglia

my review:

If you plan to dine in alone and you have P1000 budget in your pocket, then you can visit Aria and try their pasta or pizza, the pizza is heavy on your tummy and I'm sure you won't finish all of the slices if you a pasta on the side or a salad, I'm a low budget guy and I always see if I can survive ordering food for one or even two, the meal can cover your hunger and you will just say that you can live for a month without eating any pizza, I haven't tried their pasta that night since they are on beta test, but I'll visit them next time and try their cakes too. My only suggestion is that they include high chair for toddlers because I noticed that there customers dining in with their kids and you know its hard to feed them if they just sit on your lap or in their stroller. From our end we chased my son in the corner just to feed him with pizza hahahah. I know that they learned a lot from their beta test after the soft opening, I'll visit them again this month of March 2012 and see how fast they are in serving our food and also try to observe the Aria mania.

Best to dine in here is at night, because the view from their location is beautiful.

(2/F Bonifacio High Street Central (new wing), Bonifacio Global City, Taguig).

visit their Facebook page at

I'm on tv later as guest in Creative Business TV

Azrael Coladilla 2012-03-02 06-56-48
It's weird that I captured my own status updates in Facebook hahaha, I'm busy lately and I was supposed to be blogging starting Monday, but the events that I attended and meetings that I need to be present and play toys with my son the thing keeps me busy this week, I think I'm going to skip other events to cover and some meeting after the tv guesting just to go home early and finish all my back logs.

It will be my 1st time to be a guest here in Creative Business TV, didn't know that Pocholo Gonzales of Creative Voices Prod. produces a business show after the success of Tek Tok TV in Global News Network (GNN). The big guesting is today and I woke up early in the morning to check my email and try to blog some entry here in Azrael's Merryland.

nood kayo ha!

read the info about the show here at

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Let's go to Mercato Centrale Wednesday late night for some nomnomnom

Ohh this is a great news! tamang tama I'll be in BHS tonight.I'll drop by here if ever I have time.
kita kits later guys! Gusto ko kasi mag bagnet mamaya hehehehe.

Are you looking for a place to indulge your late night food cravings on a Wednesday night? Or you can’t wait until the weekend to visit your favorite late night food markets?

Then Midnight Mercato, Metro Manila’s premiere late night weekend food market, will be open on Wednesday nights starting February 29 to answer your foodie call!

Indulge in the Midnight Mercato experience and enjoy an extensive selection of foodie favorites - steamed cheeseburgers, crunchy pork belly, wagyu steak on a sticks, deep dish pizzas, authentic Vigan empanadas, ice-cream filled mochi balls, specialty milk teas, dark lager beer cheesecakes – straight from the kitchens of home-based and specialty chefs, while enjoying live acoustic performances and free wi-fi. Wednesday Midnight Mercato is perfect way to celebrate the middle of the week!

Midnght Mercato is open from 10:00pm to 3:00am every Friday, Saturday and Wednesday (starting February 29) and Mercato Centrale is open every Saturday and Sunday from 7:00am to 2:00pm. Midnight Mercato is located at the corner of 34th street and 8th avenue beside MC Home Depot in Bonifacio Global City.

For more information, please visit their website or their Facebook account For vendor booth rental or venue rental inquiries, please email or text 09178401152.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Im tasting the new coffee of Starbucks

Im tasting the new coffee of Starbucks. im having a taste preview of the new coffee line - blonde roast. medium roast. dark roast. this will be the new labeling of starbucks in all their coffee starting march 6. watch out also for the new food and sandwiches

Inside Malacanang - a National Geographic Channel new documentary this March 2012

This is one of the reason why I'm going to Malacanang Palace today, there will be special preview of the new documentary of National Geographic Channel and the docu is about "Inside Malacanang", this new docu by NGC will be aired this March 2012 and it features the daily life and work of the Malacanang Palace staff and also our President Benigno S. Aquino III.

ngc malacanang
I'm so nervous, and it will be my first time to stand in a room with our President and this is also my 2nd time to be in Malacanang Palace. I'll write a feature and review soon here in my blog about the new docu of NGC.


20 Most Beautiful Filipinas (Facemorphing Video of the Most Beautiful Women in the Philippines)

Angel Locsin
GRNMNGO aka Green Mango created this facemorphing viral video featuring our most beautiful celebrities here in the Philippines. Can you guess who are the ladies featured on this video ???

watch the video here

This video took 3 weeks to make using the latest facemorphing techniques. Nothing compares to the beauty of a Filipina woman in our eyes. Who's your favorite Pinay beauty? Tell us in the comment section below and don't forget to join our I Love Philippines page on facebook. Salamat!

MUSIC: Kanye West - Runaway (Instrumental)

about Green Mango
We are a startup company called GRNMNGO (Green Mango), which is the first in the Philippines fully dedicated to viral video production and social media marketing. Since launching just eight weeks ago we have already built up the number one Facebook page in the country in terms of engagement rate - with over 130’000 fans and growing. We also managed to “go viral” with our first video release. Our Pacquiao Ring Entrance parody was featured on national TV and news sites as well as The Guardian and internationally.
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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