Panlasang Norte: A Showcase of Famous Delicacies in Luzon



Who among you loves food? Of course, we all do!

In the spirit of taking pride and embracing what is uniquely Filipino, Mahalin Pagkaing Atin, a very apt advocacy campaign talks about everyone’s favorite topic—FOOD! Though not as popular as some of the dishes from our neighborhood countries, Filipino food is something we can be proud of for its diverse choices and delectable flavours.

This advocacy is being supported by groups like Aboitiz food subsidiary and Pilmico. Aboitiz food subsidiary helps in boosting livestock while Pilmico encourages farmers to embrace backyard farming as a sustainable form of living for locals. They have distributed piglets and egg machines to different provinces and selected beneficiaries. Pilmico also holds Food and Livelihood Expo to agricultural areas where livestock and poultry are prevalent and of great importance. 



On July 31, 2015, Mahalin Pagkaing Atin, together with Mercato Centrale Group, will be further promoting authentic Filipino food choices through an event dubbed as Panlasang Norte. It will be a night-long festivities filled with fun activities and delightful food finds. 

I've been to some provinces in the North and food trip is one of the best experiences I've had there. Can't wait to have a taste of my favorite bagnet, Ilocos empanada, pinakbet and dinakdakan. Oh, and Pakbet Pizza too!

What food are you looking forward to see in the event?


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It was indeed a night of fun and good food! 

The guests were serenaded by a band as we wait for the program proper to start and munch into our favorite food from Northern Luzon that we got from Mercato Centrale. And yeah, I got some of my favorites like Bagnet, Longganisa, Sisig, and Ilocos Empanada. And since I still got enough budget, I also had a dozen of Vigan Longganisa for takeout. Sorry I didn't get to take pictures of it. I was just too hungry and excited to dig in!haha




Mr. John Paul Pangilinan, Marketing Manager of Pilmico, opened the program with a welcome message. He explained to everyone Pilmico's advocacy campaign, Mahalin Pagkaing Atin, and what it has already achieved as of date. Just so you know, Mahalin Pagkaing Atin focuses on helping, teaching, and encouraging farmers to embrace backyard farming as a sustainable form of livelihood for locals. To date, Pilmico has already donated 191 egg machines, 646 piglets, and 14 agriposts to 304 families nationwide through this program.

"Each and every agricultural produce raised by the backyard farmers build the localities of the regions. They deserve to be celebrated." - John Paul Pangilinan, Marketing Manager, Pilmico Feeds
Mr. John Paul Pangilinan, Marketing Manager of Pilmico
RJ Ledesma, co-founder of Mercato Centrale, also welcomed all the guests and shared to everyone how they started the business. Together with his partner, Anton Diaz, they have travelled across different countries and the first place they were brought to is the country's food market. That time, we don't have such place yet in the Philippines that's why they came up with Mercato Centrale and they have envisioned it as the go-to place where people can enjoy Filipino food. 

"When we go to other countries like Singapore or Thailand, the first place locals take you to is the food strips. That's why we created Mercato -- so people will have somewhere to go to for local food. We want to support Filipino food - it's the next big thing in the world." - RJ Ledesma



And for the main event...

Chef Boy Logro, MPA's brand ambassador and Idol sa Kusina, did a cooking demo and shared some great tips about cooking. He made 4 dishes that night: Chicken Roulade, Pinakbet with Bagnet, Mango Empanada, and Creme Brulee. Of all the dishes, I loved Pinakbet with Bagnet the most. Pinakbet and Bagnet are two of my favorite dishes. Combine it into one dish? It's heaven!



We were also honored to knowing Chef Boy Logro better. He shared to everyone how he started his career and how he became who he is now. Did you know he's just an elementary graduate and yet, he was able to share his talent in cooking to some of the prominent personalities in the world including Princess Diana and Queen Elizabeth? Oh yeah! I was really inspired by his story. His passion, dedication, and great sense of humor paved his way to where he is right now.







So, that's basically what happened the whole night. Thanks to the people behind Mahalin Pagkaing Atin for bringing us such event. I am so looking forward to more of this! 



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Home Factory Outlets Grand Opening Sale

Redecorating a home can be very tedious. It takes a lot of time and effort thinking of the perfect theme and looking for the right furnitures and fixtures that will suit what you want. Finding inspiration online can be of help but, then again, you still have to go to the mall and look for the exact same item or, at least, close to what you want. Trust me, I've experienced all these! I've tried different furniture stores across different cities just to find the best items for my house.

If you have the same concern as mine, look no further because I have good news for you! Everything that you need can now be found in one place!

BLIMS Fine Furniture, one of the top furniture stores in the country, is finally opening it's Home Factory Outlets located at#14 Williams Street, Highway hills, Mandaluyong City (between Sheridan and Pioneer street, behind UNILAB). To celebrate this big day, BLIMS will be holding a Grand Opening Sale where you can get up to 60% off on over 3,000 sqm of items! Oh yeah, that's how big this outlet store is! In that huge area, you will find great deals from BLIMS Fine Furniture Outlet Store, Sogo Home and Office Clearance Outlet, Elba Outlet Store, and the Collins Clearance Outlet. All of them carry a wide range of brands so you'll definitely have a lot of choices.


The Grand Opening Sale of the Home Factory Outlets is happening from August 7-16, 2015.

And, of course, that's just not it! Visit them on their first day (August 7) and the first 100 customers will get a FREE Php500 Home Factory Outlets Gift Certificate. So save the date and make sure you line up early! Store opens at 11am. (Terms & Conditions apply)

Here's the location map for those of you who are not familiar with the place:




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Buy 1 Get 1 Promo In Celebration of Starbucks Card 2nd Anniversary


In celebration of Starbucks Card’s second anniversary in the country, Starbucks Philippines is treating everyone with a Buy One Get One promo. Customers get to enjoy their favorite iced beverage (Iced Americano, Iced Latte, Iced Mocha, Iced White Mocha or Iced Caramel Macchiato) and get another one of the same variant for FREE!

The promo is valid for beverages purchased using the Starbucks Card on August 6, 2015. Only one purchased drink will be allowed per transaction and one beverage star will be earned in your Starbucks card. 

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Get a complimentary drink with the 2nd Edition Philippine Starbucks Card

The 2nd Edition Philippine Starbucks Card is finally out!

Activate your latest Philippine Starbucks Card with at least Php1,000 load and get a FREE complimentary Grande handcrafted beverage. You may only claim the complimentary beverage on the same day and time that you have activated your card. This promo is only valid on the 2nd Edition Philippine Starbucks Card and NOT on reloads or other Starbucks Card designs. 

Promo runs from July 28-30, 2015.


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Havaianas Minions Instagram Giveaway


Still can't get enough of the minion craze? Well, here's something every minion addict shouldn't miss!

Havaianas is giving away three white #HavaianasMinions pair in their Havaianas Minions Instagram Giveaway! Want one? Here's how you can join:

1. Repost the Minions flip-flops photo via Instagram (see below) and share in the caption why you want it so badly
2. Tag @havaianasphils and use the hashtag, #HavaianasMinions. Make sure your profile is set to PUBLIC.

Each user can only repost once. The winners will be judged based on creativity and relevance of the caption.

The promo is valid for Philippine residents only and runs until July 28, 2015.
We're still caught in the #Minions craze! πŸ’›πŸŒπŸ’›πŸŒπŸ’› Want to be one of the three lucky owners of this white #HavaianasMinions pair? Read the mechanics below! πŸ‘‡πŸΌπŸ‘‡πŸΌπŸ‘‡πŸΌ 1. Repost this photo of these Minions flip-flops via Instagram and in the caption, share with us why you can’t resist these adorable white Minions flip-flops! 2. Tag @havaianasphils, use the hashtag, #HavaianasMinions, and make your profile public. 3. Participants can repost only once. One repost with complete caption is equal to one entry. 4. Winners will be judged through the creativity and relevance of their answer. Only three winners will be chosen. Each winner will win one pair of the white Havaianas Minions flip-flops. 5. This social media promo runs from July 25 - 28, 2015 only. 6. This is valid for Philippine residents only.
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A total of P1M are up for grabs in Shopwise Shop, Match, and Win


Experience good life as Shopwise brings you the Shop, Match, and Win Promo!

For every Php800 worth of purchase at any participating Shopwise branches, you get to earn one peel-off card where you can win Shopwise gift vouchers. Get even more chances of winning by earning bonus coupons with every purchase of any participating products that you can find in the store. 

Promo runs from July 15 to August 31, 2015. 

Participating Shopwise Branches

Alabang
Left Wing,
Festival Supermall,
Filinvest, Alabang 

Makati
Pablo Ocampo Street
corner Chino Roces Ave.,
Makati City 

Bagumbayan
150 E. Rodriguez Jr. Avenue,
Bagumbayan, Q.C. 

Araneta
Gen. Aguinaldo Avenue corner
Gen. McArthur Avenue, Araneta Center,
Cubao, Quezon City 

Manila
Harrizon Plaza Mall,
A. Mabini and M. Adriatico St.,
Malate, Manila 

Sucat
Sucat Road corner Soreena Avenue,
ParaΓ±aque City 

Commonwealth
Block 17, Commonwealth Avenue,
Brgy Holy Spirit,
Quezon City 

San Pedro
National Highway,
Brgy Landayan,
San Pedro, Laguna

Cebu
N. Bacalso Ave.,
Basak San Nicolas,
Cebu City 

Sta Rosa
2nd Level Laguna Central Building 1,
Greenfield City Tagaytay-Balibago Road,
Sta Rosa Laguna 

LKK
2nd Level New Expansion Wing,
East Concourse, Limketkai Mall, Limketkai Center,
Lapasan, Cagayan de Oro City

Imus
Aguinaldo Highway corner
Anabu-Kostal Road,
Anabu, Imus, Cavite 

Antipolo
M.L. Quezon corner Circumferential Road.,
Brgy. San Roque  

Experience good life as Shopwise brings you the Shop, Match, and Win Promo! For every Php800 worth of purchase at any partici...

Keds & Sperry End of Season Sale


Only few more days left before the end of season sale ends. You may get up to 50% off on stylish finds in selected Keds footwear or on seaworthy kicks from Sperry.

You may visit any of these participating stores nationwide:

KEDS 

  • Robinsons Magnolia (Level 2)
  • UP Town Center (Level 2)
  • Glorietta 3 (Ground Floor)
  • Ayala Center Cebu (Level 2)

SPERRY

  • UP Town Center (Level 2)
  • Bonifacio High Street (B2)
  • SM Aura Premier (Level 2)
  • SM Mall of Asia (Entertainment Mall, Level 2)
  • SM Fairview (Level 2), Trinoma Mall (Level 2)
  • Glorietta 3 (Ground Floor)
  • SM North EDS The Block (Level 3)
  • SM South mall (Ground Floor)
  • Robinsons Place Manila (Level 2)
  • Centrio Mall Cagayan de Oro
  • Ayala Center Cebu (Level 2)
  • SM Cebu Northwing (Ground Floor)
  • SM Bacolod
  • SM Lanang Premier Davao (Ground Floor)

The End of Season Sale is until July 31, 2015. So what are you waiting for? Ready. Set. Shop!!!



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Buy 1 Get 1 at Topman

It's 3 days before the Topman sale ends. As discounts were further reduced, shoppers can enjoy up to 70% off on selected lines. And it's not just that! On the last 2 days (July 25-26, 2015), you may avail of their Buy 1 Get 1 promo on selected sale items. Buy any item on sale and get the second item that is of lower price for FREE! 

Visit any of these Topman stores nearest you:

  • Robinsons Galleria
  • Robinsons Magnolia
  • Robinsons Place Manila
  • Power Plant Mall
  • Shangri-la Plaza East Wing
  • Greenbelt 3
  • Alabang Town Center
  • Trinoma
  • SM Mall of Asia
  • SM Aura Premier
  • Mega Fashion Hall
  • Ayala Center Cebu




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Great Starmobile Deals at Lazada

The Philippines’ most innovative local brand, Starmobile, and international online shopping giant Lazada come together to bring the best smartphone deals at the Effortless Shopping Sale.

From July 21 until July 26, 2015, Filipinos nationwide can avail of three of the hottest Starmobile devices with great discounts and amazing freebies.

Starmobile OCTA
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  • NFC enabled for instant file transfers and transactions
  • Wireless Charging compatible–less wear and tear on the USB port
  • USB-OTG capable for reading USB accessories and flash drives
  • MHL: output images on HD TVs or projectors
  • Elegant looks with a CNC-cut aluminum frame


Now only P8,490 (valued at P16,990)
FREEBIES: 3-in-1 Wireless Charger, Bluetooth Speaker & Mic and Starmobile UNO B206 feature phone



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Watch TV, shoot photos and videos, and share moments like never before 

FEATURES:
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  • 13MP Sony camera with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) for super sharp images
  • Quad Core with 2GB RAM for multi-tasking
  • 5.5-inch HD Screen: watch and enjoy with friends!
P9,990 with free Starmobile UNO B206 feature phone








Starmobile TURBO
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FEATURES:

  • Double Tap to Wake and Sleep: Lock and Unlock the screen by tapping
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  • Smart Camera Controls: talk or tap to capture

Now only P4,990 (valued at P5,990)
FREEBIES: Monopod and Starmobile UNO B206 featurephone


Offers are good from July 21-23, 2015 on desktop and the Lazada mobile app and from July 24-26, 2015 exclusively on the Lazada mobile app.


Apart from these, the Starmobile KNIGHT X is now also offered on Lazada with exclusive freebies.
Purchase the most powerful Pinoy Android phone for only P15,990 and get a free pair of Starmobile Bluetooth Earphones with NFC, Tempered Glass Screen Protector, and Monopod.



Even More Discounts

You can get an additional P400 discount when you use the voucher code: “STARMOBILE” upon purchase of any Starmobile gadget worth P2000 and above from www.lazada.com.ph/shop-starmobile.

This special code is valid only from July 21 to August 20, 2015.

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Up to 90% off on great deals in Lazada's Big Effortless Shopping Sale


Get ready for the 6-day shopping extravaganza at Lazada!

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Lazada, the leading online shopping site in the Philippines, promotes effortless shopping experience whenever, wherever. Forget about the lines and long walks. Think you need a credit card for online shopping? Not anymore! Lazada is accepting cash on delivery as a mode of payment and you can even check the item first upon arrival and see if it's really what you want before paying for it. 

The Big Effortless Shopping Sale offers up to 90% off on selected items from a wide range of categories: electronics, fashion, lifestyle, family & health, and many more! Of course, a lot more exciting promos are up for grabs: crazy flash sales, discount vouchers, and exclusive sales. 

The sale is happening on the following dates:
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