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Friday, May 17, 2013

Our meet up with Sarah Jessica Parker in @thesmstore @smaurapremier


Before I go to bed today, I just want to share our group photo with the celebrity of the day - Sarah Jessica Parker, she's here in Manila to grace the opening of SM Store Aura and also be the endorser of SM Store, because she loves to shop!

On pic: Annalyn, Earth, Sarah Jessica Parker, Rod and me

I just lost my PR thing when I was infront of her, we shake hands and she introduced herself to us. She even greeted us hi and hello first, I'm a bit shaky that night. I calm myself after the shoot and then got lucky to shoot her a video message for my wife Lace.

Watch out for more photos and also story of her visit here in SM Store Aura

Thanks SM Store, Jason Alvarez and his team
thanks to my blogger friends for attending the opening and also press con with Sarah Jessica Parker
shout out to Lloyd the lost boy, John Bueno and Carizza Chua.

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Thursday, May 16, 2013

new photos: Sarah Jessica Parker in Manila to grace opening of SM Aura

Sarah Jessica Parker in Manila
Sarah Jessica Parker and Jason Alvarez of SM Store ( ikaw na!!!!)

I'm scouting for news and photos of Sarah Jessica Parker here in Manila, but I get new contents from Jason Alvarez of SM Store.

he said - "Sarah Jessica Parker & Me after a very long and tiring day. We are both exhausted and hungry, but it was worth it!

video: BCDA officer threatens blood shed to SM Aura Contractor

I heard this news yesterday and I just didn't believe it at first, because there's no source of info or news about the road blockade to SM Aura, but then I found this VIDEO  and it captured the BCDA officer threatens blood shed to the SM Aura Contractor and legal officer. tsk tsk tsk  Madadaan naman ito sa usapan di ba, bakit ganun ginawa nila, tapos may dala pa mga escort na may mga high powered guns..samantala gun ban nung week na yun. Ganito ba ang trato ng BCDA kahit sa kanila ang BGC ?

malamang..marami galit sa kanila lalo na dun sa mga biktima na towing sa kalye ng BGC

The video was uploaded by this unknown YouTube user -

hmm... Just watch the video above and also read the description of the video below


coverage: Fast & Furious 6 Philippine red carpet movie premiere in SM Mall of Asia - photos by Azrael Coladilla

Fast & Furious 6  Philippine red carpet premiere in SM Mall of Asia - photos by Azrael Coladilla
I'm happy on the turn out of my photo coverage of the Fast & Furious 6  Philippine red carpet movie premiere in SM Mall of Asia, even that I experienced a 5 hours of standing, waiting and a lot of tantrums, I'm gonna move on and share this photos to all  Fast & Furious fans, Vin Diesel and Michelle Rodriguez fans.m Thanks to SM Cinema for inviting me here and congrats for hosting another historical movie event for our country, congrats to Solar UIP for bringing the celebs here in Manila. Fast and Furious 6 movie will be showing this May 24, 2013 in all SM Cinema branches nationwide.

The public appearance and press con was held at the Music hall of SM Mall of Asia, I went there at 2:30pm because I got invited to attend this and was informed that the event will start at 2:30pm featuring music by DJs and a show band performance during in that time, there's also a car show happening outside and the venue is already jam packed by fans since 10am.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

SM Aura invite card is here!!! + info about SM Aura

SM Aura invite - photos by Azrael Coladilla
Here's my VIP invitation for the blessing and VIP event of SM Aura tomorrow in Taguig. I'm sure this time I will never be a "kawawa guest" unlike what happened earlier in the Fast and Furious event. It will be a relaxing event and super formal attire are needed. I'm still looking for my neck tie here at home. yikes!! but its okay, I'll buy a new one na lang bukas sa SM Store. - new lifestyle, events, movie and deals portal to launch today at Fast and the Furious 6 event in SM MOA

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Launching today is the new lifestyle portal of Eplus - visit for the latest news on events, lifestyle articles, movies, deals, EXCLUSIVE invitations to events and movie screenings and also a portal for buying your movie ticket to SM Cinema.  Remember that Eplus was just first a tap to pay e-card for SM Cinema,but now its evolving and it just accommodate not only for movies but for many things like access to events and also perks and freebies.

The launch will be held later at 2PM-8PM at SM MOA Music Hall at the Fast and the Furious Event, I just heard that the Vin Diesel and the cast of the movie will be there to greet us and invite to watch the movie.  I'll be there to cover the event and check out the news more about Eplus' new lifestlye portal. If you want to see Vin Diesel..well. you know where to go :)

Sarah Jessica Parker is here in Manila! #SarahJParkerLoveToShopSMStore

 I'm one of the people who are excited to see Sarah Jessica Parker in person, yay!!! You know that I noticed SJP in the movie "Hocus Pocus" and she's so hot in there! after the movie, her name got stuck in my mind.  Now I'm still clueless on what should I wear for tomorrow's event and presscon. There will be a VIP event (strictly by invitations only) starting as early as 2pm til evening and the press con with SM Store and SJP will be followed in SM Store-SM Aura.

The online media were so active in covering her arrival, pictures of SJP's arrival here in Manila are spreading and almost gave us a nice breather after the 2013 Philippine elections. Today, she will be doing some photo shoots for SM Store and also she might do some new TVC.. yay!  

 read the news below

SM Cinema to Host the Philippine Premiere of Fast & Furious 6 (Vin Diesel and cast will be there!)

All roads leads to SM Cinema in SM Mall of Asia because the Asian premiere of the 6th installment of The Fast and Furious movie series will be held tonight in SM Cinema-SM Mall of Asia.  Tonight will be a VIP screening and also a event for car fanatics will be organized at the Music Hall.

I just got a late invitation for lets cross our fingers to get a nice photos of Vin.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Mindoro Beach in Vigan - Ilocos Sur trip part 19 ( last series)

Mindoro Beach in Vigan - photos by Azrael Coladilla
This is my last blog series for Vigan, Ilocos Sur

Ahh…the beach.. did you know that there’s a beach resort here in Vigan, but the beach here is wild and the waves are big! I think it’s a perfect venue spot too for surfers, but according to some, it is not advisable to swim here because of the big waves coming in to the shores.

Loom weaving - Ilocos Sur trip part 18

Loom Weaving in Ilocos Sur - photos by Azrael Coladilla
We visited the Cindy’s Loom Weaving site here in Vigan, Ilocos Sur, I’m a bit uncomfortable when we arrived here because my camera’s battery are starting to die and I need to take photos right away before it stay dead. We also met the loom weavers here and we saw that they are busy making those “abel cloth” a traditional woven product from Vigan.

Vigan Empanada - Ilocos Sur trip part 16

Vigan Empanada photos by Azrael Coladilla
When in Vigan, you should try their specialty, and the Vigan Empanada is a must try and also must take home as your pasalubong. I have tried the Empanada in Ilocos Norte, but they say that the original is here in Vigan, the difference is that the color orange emapanda belongs to Ilocos Norte and then the color yellow empanada is the original Vigan Empanada.

Café Leona in Vigan - Ilocos Sur trip part 15

Cafe Leona in Vigan photos by Azrael Coladilla
The night before I go back to Manila, me and three companions will return back home and left our bloggers team for another two days here in Vigan, we ate our dinner here in Café Leona located in Calle Crisologo, you’ll see Café Leona first before you enter the vintage street.

I didn’t research well about Café Leona, but its one of the popular restaurant here in Vigan. Most dining customers eat their food outside the restaurant, but for some others, they eat it inside, there are two kinds of chamber inside the restaurant, the 1st one is the chamber with very old walls and fixtures, and the 2nd one is the well decorated chamber with fixtures and bar.

Bantayan Belfry in Vigan - Ilocos Sur trip part 14

St. Augustine Church and Bantay Belfry in Vigan photos by Azrael Coladilla
This is my favorite spot in Vigan, for me the Bantayan Belfry is majestic and it’s the only belfry that gives me the creeps whenever I’m inside and on top of the bell tower. Its so old and it stood here since the 1590’s together with the St. Augustine Church. It stood on a hill and its like a watch tower for incoming ships, invading enemies or a watch tower for the entire town.

St. Augustine Church and Bantay Belfry in Vigan photos by Azrael Coladilla
Bantayan Belfry is made up of bricks and the stairs inside are made of wood.
I’m glad that they are taking care of this tower and it survived many earthquakes and also World Wars.

St. Augustine Church and Bantay Belfry in Vigan photos by Azrael Coladilla
View from below

St. Augustine Church and Bantay Belfry in Vigan photos by Azrael Coladilla
Going up!!!!

St. Augustine Church and Bantay Belfry in Vigan photos by Azrael Coladilla
spotted Jeman at the 2nd floor of the tower

St. Augustine Church and Bantay Belfry in Vigan photos by Azrael Coladilla
Me at the 2nd floor…with knees getting cold, because the level is too high for me, Im not afraid of heights, but I’m getting paranoid because of the wooden floor. Spotted below is Rey and Cristelle.

St. Augustine Church and Bantay Belfry in Vigan photos by Azrael Coladilla
The wooden stairwell going to the top of the tower

St. Augustine Church and Bantay Belfry in Vigan photos by Azrael Coladilla
Brick stairwell from the 1st floor to the 2nd floor

St. Augustine Church and Bantay Belfry in Vigan photos by Azrael Coladilla
Me at the 2nd level hahhah chilling and worried ahhahah

St. Augustine Church and Bantay Belfry in Vigan photos by Azrael Coladilla
Here’s the Bantayan church bell, the bell is popular because the movie “Panday” , starring Fernando Poe Jr. was here, its one of my favorite movie classics, they say that FPJ pulled the sword through the bell. I’m not sure if the hole in the bell is done by the movie production or maybe it got the hole before the movie was taken.

St. Augustine Church and Bantay Belfry in Vigan photos by Azrael Coladilla
I think I should watch that movie again….

St. Augustine Church and Bantay Belfry in Vigan photos by Azrael Coladilla
close up look…. I hug the bell..because it helped Panday to wield the sword of good inside the bell.

St. Augustine Church and Bantay Belfry in Vigan photos by Azrael Coladilla
Me at the 3rd floor and top of the tower

St. Augustine Church and Bantay Belfry in Vigan photos by Azrael ColadillaSt. Augustine Church and Bantay Belfry in Vigan photos by Azrael Coladilla
You can view the entire town here

St. Augustine Church and Bantay Belfry in Vigan photos by Azrael Coladilla
Courageous tourist climb up here at the top and never think of the wooden floor.. I even told the incoming tourist to wait for us to come down and I’m just careful not to overload the top floor with lots of people. The wooden floor might collapse.

I got paranoid on top… because the floor creeks whenever we walk around.

St. Augustine Church and Bantay Belfry in Vigan photos by Azrael Coladilla
On the other side of the tower’s window, you can see two mountains meeting together and also the town’s cemetery.

Bantayan Belfry is a must see and visit site here in Vigan. Add this to your itinerary!

How to go here in Vigan City, Ilocos Sur
1. There are two travel options – ride the 8 hour bus from Manila to Ilocos Sur or ride the plane go Laoag City Airport in Ilocos Norte + 1 1/2 land travel to Vigan.
2. We went here via chartered plane of Gov. Chavit Singson, we landed at Vigan City airport, if you have a company trip and want to travel by air, you can try a chartered plane by Sea Air, just inquire to their office on how to get a chartered plane.
3. Air - Domestic flights leave Manila daily for Laoag City in Ilocos Norte, which is an hour and a half ride by bus or arranged vehicles to Vigan. The city can be reached from Laoag City via Partas Bus, Fariñas Transportation, Maria De Leon Bus Lines, RCJ Bus Lines, F. Franco Trans, and Florida Bus. – Via
4. By Land - The 408 km stretch from Manila to Vigan City is a comfortable eight-hour ride along the scenic Manila-Ilocos Highway. Air-conditioned Partas Bus, Dominion Bus, Aniceto Bus and Viron Transit ply the Manila-Vigan route regularly. – Via
5. Getting Around - The best way to explore Vigan is on foot; the city center is small and compact, yet full of excitement. Experience a calesa ride around Vigan at P150.00 per hour per carriage. – Via
6. If you are in Vigan City, there are lots of transportation, you can ride the tricycle or the “kalesa”, horse drawn carriage. The “kalesa” can be rented at Php 100 per hour.

Vigan City, Ilocos Sur
For Schedules of City Events and Tours please contact the City Tourism Office. Tel No: (077) 722-8771,

Baluarte in Vigan City
Opens - 7am-6pm eve
ryday, entrance is free
Tel # 6377-722-7186

Historic Town of Vigan @ UNESCO
Established in the 16th century, Vigan is the best-preserved example of a planned Spanish colonial town in Asia. Its architecture reflects the coming together of cultural elements from elsewhere in the Philippines, from China and from Europe, resulting in a culture and townscape that have no parallel anywhere in East and South-East Asia.

* Thanks to Governor Chavit Singson for inviting us to tour around Vigan City

Read my complete Vigan travel blog series
for any questions or inquiries, feel free to email me at

Discovering Vigan City - Ilocos Sur trip part 1
WIP - Dancing fountain of Plaza Salcedo in Vigan–Ilocos Sur trip part 2
Cathedral of Vigan–Ilocos Sur trip part 3
Plaza Burgos in Vigan–Ilocos Sur trip part 4
Calle Crisologo in Vigan–Ilocos Sur trip part 5

Party at Baluarte in Vigan–Ilocos Sur trip part 6

Inside Gov. Chavit Singson's home - Baluarte citadel in Vigan–Ilocos Sur trip part 7
Animal encounters at Baluarte zoo in Vigan - Ilocos Sur trip part 8

BurnayJar factory in Vigan - Ilocos Sur trip part 9

Vigan Plaza Hotel - Ilocos Sur trip part 10

Hidden Garden in Vigan–Ilocos Sur trip part 11

Syquia Mansion in Vigan - Ilocos Sur trip part 12

St. Augustine Church in Vigan - Ilocos Sur trip part 13

Bantayan Belfry in Vigan - Ilocos Sur trip part 14

Café Leona in Vigan - Ilocos Sur trip part 15

Vigan Empanada - Ilocos Sur trip part 16

Loom weaving - Ilocos Sur trip part 18

Mindoro Beach in Vigan - Ilocos Sur trip part 19 ( last series)

It's official! SARAH JESSICA PARKER to grace the opening of The SM Store 'Aura' this May 16, 2013

Sarah Jessica Parker and SM Aura - posted by Azrael Coladilla
This is it!!!!  I was absent for awhile and forgot to tease you with an update, but I'm sure you already got the message about SM Aura's opening day and also their latest celebrity guest endorser for The SM Store

oh yeah!! the big news is that Sarah Jessica Parker will be there!  see you this May 16th VIP opening

read more news below

Syquia Mansion in Vigan - Ilocos Sur trip part 12

Syquia Mansion in Vigan - photos by Azrael Coladilla
For our next tour, we visited two museums in Vigan, but both museums are closed for the almost a week due to repair and renovation of the museum. Its one bad luck for us because we failed to check out the memorabilia's, antiques and also historical items from the past. But the strike of luck came when we arrived here in Syquia Manson, it’s the mansion owned by Dona Alicia Quirino, the wife of President Elpidio Quirino.

The Syquia Mansion houses lots of memorabilia, artwork, antiques and also a story from the past. It’s a treasure inside the Syquia mansion, and I’m glad that its well guarded and the curator and care taker are very strict, there are items that are not available to be photographed, because some items are rare and they don’t want it to be replicated by antique smugglers. Wow! that’s an interesting news, I thought that it happens only in movies.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Rock The Fat Away: Fight Overweight and Obesity

You have seen its TVC and the message clearly stated that overweight and obesity are two of the leading risk of global deaths. We, Filipinos considered eating as one of the best past time (hobby) specially during our free time. How many Filipinos are overweight and suffering from high risk diseases?

 Here's an information from Food and Nutrition Research Institute:

  • 25% Filipino adults are overweight
  • 6% are Obese
  • in 2015, we will see about 24% are overweight are men and 44% are more overweight females
  • High risk diseases: respiratory and heart problems, liver and gallbladder diseases, type 2 diabetes, and cancer
How we can protect ourselves from being overweight and obese? As we would like to improve our health, we should shed those excess fats and start a better you!

Rock The Fat Away campaign helped me a lot to understand how unsafe to use some other weightloss products available over the counter. We should be aware that we should take care of our body through regular exercise, healthy diet and taking care of ourselves.

Your Passport to a Healthy Lifestyle 
Rock The Fat Away was launched at Glorietta Activity Center (Palm Drive) and supported by Chris Sports, Beauty Bar, Lightwater, Vibram, Fivefingers, Yellow Halo Guilt Free Kitchen, Shinagawa Lasik and Aesthetics and Pipino Vegetarian Food by Pino. Inside the activity area, you will able to participate in different activities and learn more about the aspects of health and able to register to the Club New You website,

Photo credits to

Highlights of the activity includes a Rockin' workout sessions with Coach Joseph Pagulayan, Food demonstrations, a live performance by Bituin Escalante singing the campaign jingle - Rock It (Rock the Fat Away).

 The website
Club New You is an online portal wherein you can get rewards and points when you purchase Xenical packs AND also you'll able to get a chance to monitor your weight loss. The site also has a BMI calculator and calorie counter, so watch out for the foods you're going to eat :) It also has an online journal wherein you can record your weight loss journey. Just register and browse along with the pages to check out some articles about health and lifestyle, losing weight and a lot more.

Don't forget to visit Club New You fan page at

Just voted!!! and now time to blog! #juanvote

Just voted!!  - 2013 Philippine Election photos by Azrael Coladilla
I just voted today! and it felt great to be part of the 2013 Philippine elections, I just got lucky that there are no lines at 5pm in our area. I just voted in 10 minutes with out any hassle and problems. Its my first time also to vote here in Cavite and I'm so excited to finish the ballot, and meet the PCOS machine again.
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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