Thursday, March 28, 2013

MAGICAL EASTER LAND AT Hyatt Hotel and Casino Manila

MANILA, THE PHILIPPINES (7 March 2013) – Treat the children and the whole family with a passport to a magical adventure.  This Easter, Hyatt Hotel and Casino Manila will not only keep the magic alive – it is a family celebration complete with glorious elements, including food, games and activities meant to fire up the bliss and excitement.

For only PHP 800 net for both children and adults from 11 am to 3 pm, Le Salon is transforming into a magical enchanted garden where everyone can look forward to meeting candy fairies, wizards and dwarves.  Not only are these characters a surprising delight, the afternoon buffet snacks are pouncing with sweet and savoury choices personally hand-picked by Executive Chef Josef Miklavc and his team. Fruit Magic’s refreshing fruit shakes are also available featuring their most popular concoctions.

With careful eyes and a steady hand, activities such as face painting and meringue egg decoration will surely satisfy everyone’s penchant for arts and crafts.  Plus, the line-up of interactive activities, such as balloon twisting, pin the magic wand, magic hat, eggs in a pot and an exhilarating show by a wizard performing feats of magic and illusion, serve as the ultimate icebreaker and bewitching features of the party.

Of course, it would not be an Easter party without egg hunting, so all children get to “eggs‑plore” for many eggs in the Mystery Egg Hunt, with carefully tucked away incredible prizes, including an overnight stay in a guestroom with breakfast buffet for two at the Market Café.
Since no one is meant to leave the party empty handed, prizes and surprises that await include Barbie dolls, Hot Wheels, Polly Pocket, Sqwishland, ShellCore, Faber-Castell Philippines novelties and IFEX notebooks, ABS-CBN publishing’s Working Mom, Spiders, and Cars magazines, plus Worlds of Fun and Hyatt Hotel and Casino Manila gift certificates.  For goodies and snacks, Oishi, Chips Delight, Smileys, Egg Bites, Trolli Gummi Candies, Yakult, Selecta Moo chocolate and milk drink, Lucky Me Special, Monde Specials, Nestle Professional, Purefoods Fun Nuggets and Tender Juicy Hotdogs, Magnolia Ice Cream, San Miguel Foods Inc- Great Food Solutions, Clara Ole, Smuckers,  Treetop and Jack N’ Jill Snacks such as Star Pops, Coca-Cola soft drinks, Quake Bars, Star Fruits, Wiggles, Yammy Chocolate Chewy Candy, Cream-O, Magic Creams Junior and Presto bring their most-loved products as a take-home gift.

To kick the Easter party up a notch, families can combine fun and feast by dining at any of the Hyatt Hotel and Casino Manila restaurants and taking advantage of the special rate of PHP 400 net!

Hyatt Hotel and Casino Manila is located at 1588 Pedro Gil cor M.H. Del Pilar St., Malate, Manila.

For more information, please call the Food and Beverage Reservations Centre on +63 2 247 8666 or make a booking online by  Alternatively, email

Tuesday, March 19, 2013


MANILA, THE PHILIPPINES (15 MARCH 2013) -- As part of the brand’s signature corporate social responsibility campaign, Thrive, Hyatt Hotel and Casino Manila proudly participates in Earth Hour’s annual global campaign by turning the lights off for an hour on 23 March from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm.

As a gesture of support, the hotel is turning off exterior lights and minimising non-essential lighting in all public areas and offices, as well as stopping the escalator for an hour.  To add a touch of charm to this event, a romantic candlelit dinner experience awaits diners in all the outlets, especially at The Fireplace where premium steak and wine is the main draw. Guests can also enjoy Room Service in an evening picnic setting with the family in their own room, as well as being pampered at the candlelit Spa at Club Oasis.  Aside from these activities, all in-house guests are urged to participate by reducing their power usage during this hour.

A limited-edition offer at the Pastry Boutique throughout March allows guests to go the extra mile in saving the earth by purchasing a pair of panda cupcakes for only P400 net, with a P60 donation to the World Wildlife Fund and Earth Hour for every pair sold.  Inspired by the World Wildlife Fund mascot, they are made of a chocolate cupcake base with coconut cake and Oreo biscuits, offering a triple treat of luscious goodness.

Dimming the lights on 23 March is not only an exciting tradition at Hyatt Hotel and Casino Manila, it’s also an opportunity to experience the hotel and restaurants in a different light.

For enquiries and reservations, please call the hotel’s food and beverage reservations centre on +63 2 247 8666.  Alternatively, e-mail or make restaurant reservations online by visiting

About Earth Hour
Earth Hour is a worldwide event organised since 2007 by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and held annually towards the end of March, encouraging households and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights for one hour to raise awareness about the need to take action on climate change.

See you at the first BDJ Box Beauty Social on March 24!

BDJ Box is a beauty product discovery subscription service for women. Brought to you by the makers of the Belle de Jour Power Planner, BDJ Box aims to help every Filipina unbox her own beauty. For P480 a month, subscribers receive a mass-customized box with at least 5-6 of the best beauty products delivered to their doorstep.

I’m psyched to try each and every activity booth at the Beauty Social!

The BDJ Box Beauty Social is open to everyone but only pre-registered girls will be allowed to participate in the talks, get a loot bag and have their picture taken by the pro photographer. Slots will be given on a first come first served basis.

To pre-register for any of the talks, simply email the following:
Subject: BDJ Box Beauty Social Reg
Mobile Number:
Your answer to the question: What's your "I honestly can't live without it" beauty product?
Top 3 choices for talks

For more details check out their Facebook Page:
To get your very own BDJ Box, visit their website:
Be Happy. Stay Pretty. See you at the BDJ Box Beauty Social!

Decadent Graduation Cakes at Café 1771

From the smooth and velvety to the sweet cakes without the guilt, Café 1771 presents its homespun cake creations by Pastry Chef Arnold Bautista that will surely make your beloved graduate say that life is sweet. Available in 2-inch round sizes good for 2 persons, this petite cake is perfect for gift or when you want a cake dessert that tastes good as it looks.

If thinking of a dessert that will signify your well-deserved congratulations,   Rose Noire (P250 net) is a delightful surprise, especially for someone who’s a certified chocolate lover. Lavish layers of Valrhona dark chocolate with hazel nut praline that sits on a crunchy crust, this chocolate-loaded creation also comes with a surprise at the center: a croquantine for some crunch and dark chocolate flavor with a distinct praline taste.

For something that can make anyone dive right in, Evasion (P270 net) gives this promise: an evasive combo of white and dark chocolates with cream cheese and fresh strawberry in a lightly crispy feullentine at the center. What’s more to love? It’s not too sweet and amazingly creamy.

Light, pillowy and comes with a nutty center, the Gianduja Truffle Mousse (P250 net) combines the dark and white chocolate praline flavors.  Structured with elements that will surprise the palate, its sweetness comes from the base made of chocolate sponge then followed by marshmallows with cashew nuts and topped off with chocolate mousse as a velvety finish.

And who wouldn’t want the 1771 Group of Restaurants signature dessert, the sugar-free coffee pie (P220 net)? An epic recipe from the family of Executive Chef Vicky Rose-Pacheco for over twenty years, the addicting secret is in the crisp texture of the combined flavors of Dutch cocoa and coffee with cashew nuts. And with no bells and whistles or outré ingredients, this version is sweetened with coconut sugar and lightly dusted with cocoa for an awfully memorable dessert minus the guilt.

A good cake not only serves as a delightful centerpiece—the very presence of it on the table marks a celebration itself. For an extra touch of something dreamy and decadent to welcome another chapter of a hard working graduate, give these mini cakes as a surprise, guaranteed to communicate your love and best wishes! For advance orders, call 631-7340.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Swensen's Philippines launches "Strawberry In Love"'

WHEN IN MANILA and having that sweet cravings this summer? Swensen's Philippines can give you the creamy satisfaction!

Swensen's was first established in 1948 by Earle Swensen, who opened his first ice cream parlor in San Francisco and eventually made a name for himself -- concocting more than 180 flavors of ice cream, which dubbed him as America's "Ice Cream Man"

Swensen's Philippines has launched another must-try creamy variety this summer everyone will surely fall in love with! Introducing "STRAWBERRY IN LOVE".

Their newest offering focused on bringing together two favorites flavors: strawberries and chocolate! Served in an artistic manner one will leave a lip-smacking delight!

First of the two is the Strawberry Chocolate Lava - made with scrumptious chocolate lava cake, topped with cold fudge, strawberry syrup and fresh strawberry fruits topped with a scoop of strawberry ice cream, whipped cream and almond slices. Yummm!

Definitely a must-try! I love how scrumptious and creamy the strawberry ice cream is and more love for the lava cake! It was oozing with delightful chocolate goodness leaving wanting for more!

Next up for grab is the Strawberry Crepe - a mouth-watering combination of crepe with cold fudge, scoops of whipped cream, blended strawberry toppings and topped off with almond slices, fresh strawberry slices and icing sugar. Double yummm!

The crepe complemented very well with the ice cream and strawberries! It was cooked with just the right softness that matches with everything on the plate. Oh yeah would love to have one again and again and again!

with blogger Duane Bacon having a great taste of Swensen's Strawberry in Love!

with fellow When In Manila writer, Aldous Calubad :)

STRAWBERRY IN LOVE are readily available for everyone at Swensen's branches in SM Mall of Asia and in Eastwood Mall. Go get these awesome delights and prepare to fall in love! Spread the love =)

Swensen's Philippines
G/F SM Mall of Asia, South Wing
Seaside Drive, Manila Bay Reclamation Area
Pasay City
(02) 804-0046

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Dockers Spring/Summer 2013 Collection

Dockers 2013 Spring/Summer Collection is an inspired collection by the local craft cultures of the Bay Area. It is for and about the men who tackle the day with conviction and gusto, the guys who go into the world prepared for battle, ready to take on challenges big and small.This season, Dockers want to challenge men to think differently about dressing  it should mean more than just “putting on clothes”.

Get Dressed Like You Mean It
Bobet Romualdo, commercial director for Dockers ASEAN said, “Spring/Summer 2013 is about getting dressed to impress which is one of the primary motivations why men “get up and suit up”. Be it for a date night, big meeting, every day or even a weekend  it always come down to getting the proper match, not just for the season but also for the occasion.

Occasions to keep wearing your Dockers

Big meeting
Signature Khaki is your ultimate work khaki with the staying power technology  color fast, no wrinkles, permanent crease and refined fabric. Get work ready whenever,  Wearever with Dockers Stain Defender. Pack with performance benefits stays crisp and clean from stain with stain-resistant technology, providing worry free comfort through the workday and beyond. Stain Defenders Khaki and Shirt give you that polished look regardless of what the day throws at you. These clothes have your back with their ability to repel virtually any spill. Stain Defender Shirts are available in checks, stripes and solid ways.

Every day
Alpha Khaki, a pant with all the attitude of denim – style, flexibility and character in slim tapered fit. The right pants for in between jeans and formal wear. Available in spring colors fall leaf, white wash, fire brush, azalea, kangaroo, grisaille, and electric blue. Add versatile Polo Pique in your weekly rotation from colors of cove, blue, and wonderful stripes. It is sophisticated and lends a formal touch to your wardrobe. The Laundered Shirt tailored for a slim look and feel. Tuck it for a day at the office and out for a casual weekend look.

Date Night
Dockers SF Khaki is the style that makes you stand out from the crowd, gives you the sharp and ready look. Stylish pant perfect for special occasions made in slim fit with Tapered leg and sits low on waist. Let it go with the classic Oxford Shirt, a wardrobe essential in button-down collar and a left chest pocket.

The weekend
Dockers Shorts are available in spring/summer feel in vibrant color palette. Broken In Chinos are twill pants, worn in look that you won't find anywhere else. It gives men the sharp and distinctive look that he wants. The authentic Dockers Cargo takes casual style in classic and slim fit that is unmatched comfort. Slip into the Iconic 5-Pocket Khaki in straight fit through the seat and thigh. The Khaki Shirt, rugged and reliable. Comes in a classic fit of trail, sergeant blue, red ochre, and foil colors. Ocean Washed Pocket Tee, shirt with a relaxed and washed-in look that’s so comfortable, you’ll want one in every color – red clay and quantum blue; also available in prints.

Check out Dockers Stores for your Spring/Summer shopping Alabang Town Center, Festival Mall, Glorietta,Robinsons Manila, Power Plant Mall, Trinoma, Cash and Carry, Ayala Mall Cebu and Centrio Ayala MallCDO.


About the Dockers® Brand
The Dockers® Brand has embodied the spirit of khaki for more than 25 years. Since their introduction in 1986,Dockers® has been perfecting khakisand the essential goods to go with themfor men and women all overthe world. No compromises in quality. Just versatile, essential style. Day to night. Monday to Sunday. Wearingthe pants has never looked so good. For information on Dockers® and its products, please call +632-889-9301 or visit