Wednesday, December 30, 2015

First LegoLympics in the Philippines Held at SM Southmall

It was a rainy Saturday last December 19, 2015 as if blessing the Grand Finals of the first ever Lego Building Competition or the LegoLympcs in the Philippines which was held at SM Southmall. Despite the rainy weather, I together with my mom, husband and the kids especially my eldest son who loves Lego eagerly braved the rain and floods to witness the pouring skills and creativity of  all the participants vying for the Championship.

The LegoLympics were divided into 3 categories: Kids (4-12 years old) Teens (13-17 years old) and Adults (18 years old and up) and prior to the Grand Finals, participants from each categories underwent Elimination Rounds which were held at SM Southmall's Event Center last November 28, December 5 and 12, 2015. 

The LegoLympics Grand Finals took place around 4:00 in the afternoon at the Event Center which were filled with shoppers and mall goers who watched and cheered for their favorite participants.

Starting with the Kids, followed by the Teens then the Adult Category, each participants were given a set of Lego Bricks and within 20 minutes they should Create, Build and have fun with their given theme. 

Kids in action. Creating, Building "Gift Box" and Having Fun!

Teens Category. Creating, Building "Santa Claus" and making their imagination do the work!

Adults Creating, Building "Christmas Elf" and Having some Serious Fun!

After the 20 minutes time limit given to each participants, the judges were also given time to asses each masterpiece and judge them according to the following criteria: Creativity, Stability and Nearest to Reality

In between the competition, some of the viewers from the audience were randomly picked to participate in some challenges and the winners per challenge got to take home Lego loot bags.

Lego Santa Claus was also there ready for picture taking at Photo Booth Area.

The winners of the first ever LegoLympics in the Philippines were announced before the event ended and they took home the following prizes per category:

Champion: 5,000 pesos + Lego Loot Bag
1st Runner Up: 2,500 pesos + Lego Loot Bag
2nd Runner Up: 1,500 pesos + Lego Loot Bag

and the winners are.....
2nd Runner-Up: Matthew Gabriel Reyes, 10
1st Runner-Up: Clive Willis Estrella, 10
CHAMPION: Carlos Vincent TaiƱo, 11

2nd Runner-Up: July Juan Baranda, 16
1st Runner-Up: Chi Marcelo, 13
CHAMPION: Patrick Rodriguez, 17

2nd Runner-Up: Angel Jacob Villanueva, 24
1st Runner-Up: Chad Yaoyao, 19
CHAMPION: Celis Anthony Manalo, 26


SM Southmall also has a LEGO Christmas Adventure Land Centerpiece and Pit Stops in every level, you can drop by and take your selfies there!

#LegoLympicsAtSMSouthmall #ILoveLego 

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Lancaster New City’s First Ever Christmas Light Show

There's no denying that we, Filipinos, have the longest Christmas Season and it starts as soon as the ber-months begin. Christmas parties here and there.Colorful decors and lighting everywhere while Christmas carols are in the air.Can you believe it?One more week to go and it's officially Christmas day! The thought of it gives most of us the mixed feelings of excitement and nostalgia. Christmas, during my childhood in my hometown (La Union), is one of the happiest and magical memories I have. I brag a lot about it to my husband because since I have been living with them in Manila for several years now, I have observedthat there is a distinguishable difference. The fast-paced life nowadays in the Metro is causing stress to a lot of us and this sucks the fun that we're supposed to feel for this Holiday Season. Personally, Christmas simply 
wants me to go back to the time where it was all about Santa Claus, gifts, sumptuous meals and all that is festive.

Recently I took a trip down memory lane when I got to witness an exciting and spectacular event: the first Christmas Light Showat Lancaster New City. This show aims to bring joy and delight not just to its residents but to all children and the young-at-hear twho want to visit this place. With the theme “Santa’s Workshop,” lights on the Christmas decorated arcades dance to a medley of both classic and alternative Christmas songs. The 20-minute light show was very nostalgic in a magical way and made me feel like a child again.I actually sang and danced along the medley and couldn’t help myself not to take videos and selfies!

It's such a joy to watch these people enjoying the moment and each others company.

Selfie during the Christmas Light Show!
If you want to de-stress from the hustle and bustle of the city living without having to go far, or if you just want to feel that magical Christmas feeling again, the Christmas Light Show is for you…and your family and friends. The show started last November 28 but you can still visit on Saturdays and Sundays from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM, until 3rd of January 2016.

Just beside the Christmas Light Show area is a “banchetto and bazaar” where both the residents and guests can enjoy good food and do some Christmas shopping. The “banchetto and bazaar” is open on November 28-29, December 5-6, 12-13, 15-22, and 26-27, from 10 AM to 10 PM.

Inside Lancaster New City is the Church of the Holy Family. It is also celebrating Simbang Gabi from December 16 to 23. There will be a chorale competition entitled “The Sound of Christmas at the Square”, which you can go to, on December 19 at 5PM.

Aside from the Christmas Light Show, I got to tour around the Lancaster New City - Pro-Friends’ flagship project that spans out more than 1,400 hectares and covers of Kawit, Gen. Trias City, and Imus. It is one of a kind township development designed for the family. Every detail in the development of this project revolves around making Lancaster New City the Family Friendly City where all residents may LIVE, LEARN, WORK, PLAY, and PRAY.

LIVE : Families get to live in a safe and secure community with more indoor and outdoor spaces to bond and play. It's located 6.5 km from the Cavitex Kawit Toll Exit, making it an ideal place for families to reside.

LEARN :Children may easily walk to school, St. Edward Community Schools, that offers quality, progressive education thru project-based learning.

WORK : Residents have the option to work minutes away from home thru the PEZA-accredited SuntechiPark.

A playground safe for kids to play on
PLAY : Families may enjoy the day shopping and having dinner at the Square of Downtown Lancaster or enjoy special family celebrations at the Community Center.

PRAY : Sunday masses and other religious activities are readily available at the Church of the Holy Family.

Across the church is the Leighthon Hall where you can hold your events.

Master Plan

The project began in 2007 as a small project in Kawit, Cavite. Through the years, it has grownas one of the biggest township projects in Cavite.


Property Company of Friends, Inc., also known as PRO-FRIENDS, is one of the fastest growing property developers in the Philippines, having built over 36,000 quality and affordable housing units since its inception in February 23, 1999. It is the company’s mission to build communities and transform lives thru its projects and developments.

Official Website:

YouTube Christmas Campaign Material: “The Making: Lancaster New City’s Christmas Light Show”

Biogesic Banig Bayan: The answer to ‘Who cares for the carer?

One way or another we’ve come across many OFW stories. Still among us are those who have romantic notions of the kind of lives they have abroad. It is worrisome that people could not see past the pasalubongs and the happy photos OFWs post online, because in reality not all OFWs live the good life abroad. But they prefer not talk about it. Some would not share their every day situations abroad and would rarely admit that they get lonely. 

Their reason is understandable. They naturally display strength because most of the time, they are all their families have. They expect themselves to be the strong-willed ones because they have to in order to provide their family the best life. Their hopes and dreams are for those they left behind. They are, in fact, the prime epitome of a caregiver. 

But even carers need caring. And honestly, they are the ones who need it most. 

The reason why Skype and Messenger are one of the most used apps by OFWs is because these somehow make them feel like they never left. It is their temporary remedy for longing and missing out. Still, it falls short in making them feel the care and love from home–– especially at a time like Christmas.

If Home would make their Christmas, yet they could not come home for it, let us send home to them. So in the spirit of giving, Biogesic wanted to move families to care for their ultimate providers, the givers of care who are thousands of kilometers away. And they did this through the very first Biogesic Banig-bayan program.

Inspired by the balik-bayan box, Biogesic created a special package for families here to carry items they would want to send. 

It could hold anything from items they miss from home to symbols of life events OFWs would wish they were a part of––truly pieces of home that would make their Christmas whole. 

The Banig-bayan carries the message that Ingat and care would still be felt even if they are apart. Biogesic inspired families to make their OFWs feel they are loved, remembered, and missed. And by the deep expressions of gratitude, heart-tugging stories, and tears of joy, the Banig-bayans would make all the difference for their Christmas to be truly merry and immensely felt.

Watch the video on YouTube:

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

#SMSCMagicalParade : Christmas Magical Parade at SM Sucat

December 18, 2015 was no ordinary day for the mall goers and shoppers of SM City Sucat, everyone were in for a treat as the SM Christmas Magical Parade took place in the afternoon.

The first part of the parade started around 4:00 pm at the ground floor of building A right beside the Hypermarket. First, a band dressed up in red soldier outfit performed a special production number while playing medleys of Christmas songs. The band led the parade around the building and behind them are colorful and spectacular fairy tale-like characters, which made the parade even more fun.

 Huge cuddly Snowman

 Fairies and Fairy God Mothers

 Giant Gingerbread Man

 Large Gift Boxes, Snowflakes and Clowns

Princess and the Prince Charming
Of course Santa Claus too!

While watching the show, some people followed the parade around, some took photos and videos of it with so much joy as evident by the huge smiles on their face. The parade lasted for almost an hour but wait there's more!

The second part of the parade began around 6:00 in the evening, this time at the building B of SM City Sucat. As usual, they toured around the building and stopped at the activity center with "Adventure Time" as the theme. It was a joyful moment as the fairy tale-like characters showcased a music and dance number, people can't resist to stop with what they are doing and watch the show. There's also a photo opportunity, kids and young-at-heart fell in line to be able to take pictures with some of these spectacular characters. 
Kids with the Princess and the Prince Charming 

Mom and Kids with the Princess

Picture with the Princess and my event buddy Eihdra Gatchalian of
Would I miss the opportunity? Of course not!

Just when I thought I've seen it all, I was really surprised when Finn the Human showed up! He's one of the main character of the TV cartoon show Adventure Time. The kid in me just can't resist not to take photos with him, and I did! Haha!

Thumbs Up!

There were no mascots for the other main characters like Jake the dog and Princess Bubble Gum, but there were displays also available for display and picture taking.

Hey there Jake!

Princess Bubblegum inside the Cage, I think she needs some rescuing!

The SM Christmas Magical Parade indeed gave everyone a magical feel about Christmas. It  also showcased how festive Filipino Christmas celebration is. I definitely enjoyed the parade and I'm sure that everyone else did too!

Watch out for more Christmas activities and events at your nearest SM Malls.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

CHIQCHAT: Your Virtual Closet!

Aside from Facebook, Instagram comes in next as my most used social media platform. I use it for uploading photos, connecting with my blog readers and friends, and to stalk my favorite fashion personalities (LOL). It may sound a bit creepy but yes I do! It has been a habit of mine to check their feed for outfit ideas before I go out shopping. But honestly, with their numerous number of posts it's quite a hassle to scroll up and down especially that not all their posts are fashion related. I could only wish that I can get to see what's in their closets.

You feel me? Then what if I tell you, we can. Virtually! So ladies, I'm very happy to introduce to you ChiqChat- a new social media site which is made specifically to create a fashion Community for women. I'm one of the lucky ones who got first dibs about this latest social media platform and become part of the ChiqChat family. It got me excited because finally I can follow many personalities, check their closet anytime I want to and get outfit inspirations, no need to dig through their Instagram posts! My fashion-oriented readers can also follow me to which I can follow them back and we can just focus on fashion without being interrupted by unnecessary topics. Yey!

ChiqChat is ideal for Bloggers, Online Sellers and generally everyone who have the PASSION for FASHION. Here, we can talk all we want about the latest trend in fashion, share our #OOTD, and other topics relevant to fashion.

My virtual closet! Will be uploading more items soon!

At ChiqChat, you have your own Closet which has different categories such as ACCESSORIES, BAGS, DRESS, HATS, OOTD, PANTS, SHOES, SKIRTS and TOPS. In your Closet you can easily upload fashionable items which are organized accordingly. These items can be for posting purposes or you can also indicate whether you are selling or trading them. Your followers will then see your activities on the news feed and has the option to Fancy (Like) and Comment on it. You can even share it on Facebook.

You can also create Cliques wherein you can exchange ideas with certain group of people which can also be followed by end-users. 

Did I get you all excited about this? Well I have a good news for you, ChiqChat has officially launched last December 4, 2015 and is now available for everyone. Some of your favorite fashion bloggers, online shops and celebrities like Liza Soberano and more are already part of the ChiqChat family, you can already follow them and check their closets virtually! All you have to do is go to and create your account.

Don't forget to follow me too!-

ChiqChat is open 24/7 for any suggestions and is continuously aiming for more updates on their platform to provide better service. They will be launching a mobile app version very soon to make this community more accessible especially for people on the go.

Meanwhile check out this emotional short film that serves as their advertisement, because ChiqChat believes that every dress has its story. Prepare some tissues, it will surely make you cry.

See you around and #CheckMyCloset!