FBN/Metrobuzz Christmas Get-Together 2016

The Filipino Bloggers Network (FBN), one of the most active bloggers group in the country, will hold its annual Christmas Get-Together at St. Nicholas Catering and Restaurant in Mandaluyong City on December 28, 2016.
FBN currently has more than 1,800 blogger members and continue to expand as it provides a venue for Filipino bloggers to interact with other members from different part of the Philippines. Moderating the discussions and posting opportunities from different brands for the group are co-admins Divine RC and Richard Mamuyac.


This year, joining the get-together are the blogger-members of Metrobuzz organized by Lariza Garcia.
Filipino Bloggers Network and Metrobuzz would like to thank the following generous sponsors:
St. Nicholas Catering & Restaurant – Mandaluyong’s newest food craze. Experience quality but affordable dining experience at Bgy Plainview. Open from Tuesday to Sunday at 11am to 12am. Follow them on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/st.nicholasresto/

Acer PH – Founded in 1976 with a mission to break the barriers between people and technology by offering innovative and leading technology products, empowering people to achieve their goals. Follow them on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/AcerPH/.
AMPR Publicity and Communications, Inc. (AMPR) – A full service public relations and marketing services company that caters to various industries and companies of diverse sizes. For more information about AMPR Publicity and Communications, Inc.’s expertise and services, follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AMPRInc or contact them through (02) 706-1971 and via email at [email protected]
Goodah!!! – The first ever, all-native food chain in the country and is famous for introducing the now ubiquitous “Tapsilog” to the Filipino vocabulary. Contact (02) 9667582 for orders and inquiries or visit their website at www.goodah.com.ph.
Gardenia – Offers a wide array of superior bakery products including white, wheat and health breads, flavored loaves, pandesal and snack items like snack cakes, muffins and toasts. Gardenia breads are known for their good taste, freshness, softness, oven-baked aroma and nutritive value. Follow them on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/gardeniaph/.
IMComms Mavens is a full service marketing communications agency that integrates traditional and current marketing strategies to be able to provide Clients a strategic communications plan. We take pride in being able to combine the learnings from the past and strengthen them with the new ideas of today to create a campaign that works and resonates to the Client’s public.


Aster DM Healthcare, part of the largest growing network across the Middle East and India, is now in the Philippines. Ready to welcome you 24/7 and spread its mission of treating patients well, Aster’s Clinic located in St. Francis Square in Mandaluyong and will soon to open new clinics this 2017.
UNO Premier – A dynamic marketing company that derived its innovative business model from a very long history and foundation of leadership, management and entrepreneurial vision. UNO Premier’s mother company, UNO, started rising 10 years ago and blossomed throughout the network marketing industry like rapid fire. It became a network marketing sensation and has created over a thousand Philippine millionaires in less than a decade’s time and has expanded in over 100 offices across the country. From the foundation of UNO comes the birth of UNO Premier. UNO Premier is specifically designed to engage the International Market and the like-minded middle class professionals as well as business owners in the micro, small and medium scale enterprises. These are the passionate individuals who are constantly exploring means and opportunities to increase their sources of income. UNO Premier is poised as the next big International giant to create the next wave of millionaires. For more information, visit the website at www.unopremier.com. Like/follow their social media accounts: Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/UNOPremierOfficialSite/; Instagram: @unopremierofficial and on Twitter: @UNOPremier_PH
Dearberry Philippines – The brand essence of dearberry is “affordable high quality cosmetics made with ingredients from nature ”. Dearberry believes the simple truth, “healthy skin is most beautiful” and sticks to the basics, “firstly keep skin healthy, then optimally solve target issues”. Their products are manufactured by such top-tier factories like COSMAX and WINNOVA to achieve the high quality standards of our products. COSMAX is the main & most important manufacturer of L’OREAL group and other world famous branded cosmetics. WINNOVA is the main & most important manufacturer of Korean branded cosmetics like TONYMOLY & THEFACESHOP. Follow DearberryPH on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/dearberry.ph/ or visit their website – http://www.dearberryphilippines.com/ for updates and promos.
JJEMM Transient House – A fully furnished apartment unit located in Balanga City, Bataan. If you’re planning on visiting the beautiful province of Bataan to enjoy scenic views and awesome tourist spots, JJEMM Transient House is here to welcome and provide accommodation for your stay. This is best for couples, backpackers, budget travellers, families and group travellers. Situated in a subdivision in Balanga City,Bataan and 5-7 minutes away from public market. Learn more by following them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/jjemmtransienthouse/. Contact them at email address: [email protected] and mobile number: 0998-882-8300.
Mondelez – Maker of some of the best-known snacks brands around the globe. Their 15 global Power Brands in biscuits, chocolate and gum & candy are expected to drive 70 percent of company’s growth going forward:

Biscuits: Oreo, Chips Ahoy!, TUC, belVita, Club Social and Barni.

Chocolate: Milka, Lacta, Toblerone and Cadbury Dairy Milk.

Gum & Candy: Trident, Chiclets, Halls, Stride and Cadbury Dairy Milk Eclairs.

Follow Mondelez on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/mondelezinternational/ for updates.
Oppo Philippines – A global electronics and technology service provider that provides customers with the latest and most exquisite electronic devices and mobile internet service in over 20 countries such as the United States, China, Australia and many other countries in Europe, Southeast Asia, South Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Follow them on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/OPPOPH/ for promos and updates.


Other BRAND SPONSORS:
Novuhair – Like the common factors that spawn hair loss, finding the right solution to your hair woes is one confusing process that could only worsen the trouble. Before, most of the products available in the market offer empty promises, temporary and even expensive solutions to address the problem of hair loss. Now, nature has provided a safe and effective solution, NOVUHAIR® – NATURE’S ANSWER TO HAIR LOSS! Like Novuhair on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/NovuhairOfficial/.
Unilab – The biggest pharmaceutical company in the Philippines, with a market share of more than 20 percent which it has consistently maintained for more than three decades. Its portfolio includes some of the biggest prescription, consumer healthcare and personal care brands in the country. Follow Unilab on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/Unilab/
Havas PR – The first full-service media agency providing end-to-end solutions in the Philippines. It does not only offer the most complete and cohesive set of media services in the Philippines, it also aspires to provide clients work that is best in class in all the media channels on offer. Follow them on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/HavasMediaOrtega/ for inquiries.


M2Comms – As a PR agency, M2.0 understands that perfection doesn’t exist – but greatness does. Their team won’t waste your time by coming up with perfect plans that will be easily derailed by circumstance. For them, It’s better to execute now with a good plan and get immediate feedback. If the results are not good, they’re ready to own up to our mistakes and revise the plan. And if the results are good, they’ll improve the plan until the clients achieve greatness. Visit their website – http://www.m2comms.com/ for inquiries.
Happy Clinique – https://www.facebook.com/happycliniquePH/

E-Prime Skincare – https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100010909299776

Skin Station – https://www.facebook.com/skinstationph/

Gluta/Regroe – https://www.facebook.com/MinoxidilRegroe/
Vistaland – http://www.vistaland.com.ph/index.php

Manang’s Chicken – https://www.facebook.com/manangschicken/

Mplify – https://www.facebook.com/mplifyph/

Dermcare – https://www.facebook.com/i.like.dermcare/

Sunlife – https://www.facebook.com/sunlifefinancialadvisorphilippines/

Philcare – https://www.facebook.com/philcareph/

Quims Cake – https://www.facebook.com/quimscakebakeshopcafe/

iACADEMY – https://www.facebook.com/iACADEMY/

Bemac – http://www.bemac-beet.com/en/

Strategic Works, Inc. – https://www.facebook.com/StratWorks/

EON -https://www.facebook.com/theEONgroup/

Perceptions, Inc. – https://www.facebook.com/Perceptions.Inc/?fref=ts

CID Communication – https://www.facebook.com/CIDCommunication/

TrendSpotting Ads Consultation Agency – https://www.facebook.com/TrendspottingConsultancy/

Dazzling Celebrations PR & Events Management – https://www.facebook.com/dazzlingcelebrations/

DDB/ Ripple 8 – https://www.facebook.com/DDBGroupPhilippines/

Comm & Sense – https://www.facebook.com/CommAndSense/

OCI Group – https://www.facebook.com/ocigroupph/

PRC.Inc – https://www.facebook.com/PRCinc/

BrandSpeak Asia Inc. – https://www.facebook.com/brandspeakasia/


BLOGGER SPONSORS:

OneProudMomma.com – http://www.oneproudmomma.com

 primarily a blog about mommy matters yet also tackles everything which will perk up her readers imagination, creativity and emotion.

Samu’t-Sari – http://www.samut-sari.com/

talks about beauty, lifestyle, fashion, technology and anything in between.

Echusera – http://www.echusera.com/

Sugarsmile – http://www.sugarsmile.info/

TheRoadTrippers.com – http://www.theroadtrippers.com/

TechandInnovations.info – https://www.facebook.com/techandinnovations/

Veldensteiner, A German Brewery sets its flag in PH Market


Germany celebrated 500 years of the beer purity law last April and we would like to take this opportunity to introduce our company and the products we have. Stammtisch Trading Inc. is the exclusive distributor of Kaiser Brau and Veldensteiner beer in the Philippines.

Kaiser Brau is the largest private brewery in Nuremberg in the state of Bavaria where the beer purity law started. It uses the latest technology but follows the German tradition of brewing beer in the medieval town of Veldenstein. Under the German beer purity law, only four ingredients can be used in brewing beer—hops, barley, yeast, and water. Even with such strict limitations, Kaiser Brau offers a wide variety of beer and its beers have been awarded the gold medal by the DLG–an organization that tests food and beverages in Germany.

Kaiser Brau is distributed mainly in Northern Bavaria but it has extended its reach to Italy, France, the US, the UK, Poland, Croatia, China, and Thailand.

You can reach them at contact numbers +63 9212746345 or

+63 9972751906 or 029942915

GOOD JOHANN-MORNING! 


Let’s welcome 2017 with a bang! Get a chance to win the JOHANN DAWN CARD 2017 and get FREE JOHANN beverage of your choice, everyday, for the whole year of 2017. 

That’s 365 cups of awesomeness for our 8 lucky winners.

Just follow these simple steps:

Step 1:

FOLLOW our official IG account: @johanncoffeebev

Step 2:

LIKE our official FB page: Johann Coffee and Beverages. 

Step 3: 

SHARE, on IG and FB, your most creative and unique photo with your favorite JOHANN coffee or beverage with the hashtag #365DaysOfJOHANN

Step 4:
Review and Rate us on our official FB page.

NOTE:
• failure to follow any of the steps will forfeit your chance of winning.

• more LIKEs on your photo will increase your odds of winning.

• winners will be announced via IG and FB on December 28, 2016

• winners will receive their JOHANN DAWN CARD 2017 via courier on or before JANUARY 1, 2017

A guide to making great Prime Rib at home

A guide to making great Prime Rib at home (a.k.a. how to be the hero of noche buena).
Should you be given roasting duties this holiday season, here’s my guide to making a great Prime Rib at home. It’s quite easy and is pretty much fool-proof, even a non-cook can do this. The method is a bit unorthodox, but it is what I’ve found to be easiest and works best.

The most important part in making a great roast is the preparation. Also, make sure you have a meat thermometer handy and allocate around half a day for the task.

Since you will be investing a lot of time in this, you might as well invest in some quality meat.

1. BUY

Care more about the grading than the breed of cattle. A 7-kilo slab that is USDA Choice grade is a good start. Bone-in would make things more flavorful. You can even splurge and opt for Prime grade if you’re feeling decadent. Make sure you’re purchasing meat that’s in vacuum-sealed packaging.

2. THAW

Keep the meat in its vacuum packaging and take at least 3 days to a week to thaw the frozen slab in the chiller. Slow thawing is very very essential. I cannot stress this enough.

The next step is to bring the slab to room temperature. At least 2 hours before cooking, take the slab out of the chiller and remove the plastic packaging. Then leave it out on a roasting pan.

3. RUB

When you’re ready to cook, pat the meat dry with a paper towel and apply a simple dry rub. Key and basic ingredients would be a liberal amount of coarse sea salt and pepper. You can make things interesting by adding herbs like thyme, oregano, rosemary, etc. add some garlic salt and dijon mustard to the rub.

4. ROAST

Go slow and low. There’s no need to preheat the oven, just place the slab into the oven and then turn the temp to a very low setting (around 93°C/200°F would be good).

DO NOT use a countdown timer. Instead, use a meat thermometer to know when to stop roasting. Expect 4-5 hours for a 7-kilo slab.

Insert the thermometer to reach the center of the slab to measure the internal temperature of the roast. When it reaches 49-52°C/120-125°F, pull it out of the oven and allow it to rest.

5. REST

Right out of the oven, the slab is actually still cooking, and so the internal temperature will rise a bit more and will reach medium rare (60°C-63°C/140°F-145°F). 

Place the slab on a rack or a wooden board and lightly cover it with aluminum foil. I like to give the roast at least 30 minutes of rest.

If you want to rest it longer, you can. Just place it back in the oven while it is off, but make sure the oven has cooled down significantly.

7. MAKE AU JUS
Collect all the drippings from the roasting pan to make au jus. There are many recipes online, just go with whatever catches your fancy.

8. SEAR

The slab has already been cooked, so searing is simply for enhanced appearance and added texture. 

Prepare the oven for the searing by preheating it to its maximum temp for at least 20-30 minutes.

Remove the foil, and place the slab back into the preheated oven. The extreme heat will crisp the outer side of the slab.

Pull the meat out when you see it’s browned enough, Around 8 minutes should be sufficient to achieve this. 

9. SERVE

Since the roast is already rested, you can slice and serve immediately. Get a properly-sharp carving knife and slice on demand (don’t pre-slice the meat!). Some of your guests may prefer elegant thin slices, while others may want the “yabadabadoo” cut with the bone intact.

You can serve your masterpiece with whatever side dishes you want, just make sure the au jus is piping hot.

10. ENJOY!

Note that resting (the time between roasting and searing) can be stretched. In fact, in our experience, the longer the rest time, the better the meat tastes. Resting can even be for a few hours. This means you can start roasting at lunch time (if you’re serving for dinner). Just allocate around 40 minutes before serving, so you can preheat the oven for 30 minutes and sear for another 8 minutes.

Oh, if you have guests who do not like to see pink meat, have a cast iron skillet handy for browning. Otherwise, offer them the chicken.

Last tip: if there’s any meat left, wrap the leftover roast in cling wrap and store in the chiller so that you can make fantastic cold roast beef sandwiches for the rest of the week.

Stay Healthy During The Holiday Season

Do you want to stay in control of your healthy diet? Studies show that eating smaller portions multiple times a day helps to keep your metabolism burning & to regulate your blood sugars. The key here is planning ahead so the drive thru doesn’t look so appealing! 
Planning your meals & snacks, making a shopping list & taking some time to prep for the week, will set you up for a healthy successful week. Keeping grab & go treats in your fridge means you’ll always have a healthy treat to snack on & hold you over until the next meal. If you’re not starving at meal time, you won’t have the urge to overeat. 

30 Years of Mekeni


“A person’s measurement of success is not by how much money he has but by how much the same success affects other people. You cannot only look at your own success but also see that others around you succeed too. Then you can say that you have succeeded in life.” These are the words of Tatay Felix Garcia, founder of Mekeni Food Corporation. Thanks  Continue reading »

WELCOMING THE WELLNESS MOMS MOVEMENT

 Procter & Gamble and Robinsons Supermarket Join Forces with Mothers to Further Strengthen Their Advocacy of Wellnes

 What happens when mothers come together to celebrate their personal advocacy of wellness? A Wellness Moms Movement emerges- a movement of change by mothers rallying as one for a better and healthier lifestyle.

?Celebrity mothers and special guests were present during the official launch of Wellness Moms by Procter & Gamble and Robinsons Supermarket held recently at Marco Polo Ortigas, where different aspects of motherhood—Baby, Family/Household, and Personal Wellness—were openly discussed by celebrity mom guests Denise Laurel, Nikka Martinez-Garcia, and host Issa Litton during the talk show that highlighted as well P&G’s own wellness products and how they fit into one’s life.

?For example, Mom’s son returns home after playing outside, washing his hands with Safeguard for 99.9% germ protection before eating dinner. After mealtime, Mom can now easily wash away the grease of the dirty dishes with Joy Antibac, as well as any stains on her son’s clothes with Ariel Power Gel. Night time arrives and her baby daughter needs to sleep, so Mom soothes baby with Vicks Baby Rub, putting on her Pampers for a dry, peaceful sleep, covering her in a soft, comfy blankie, thanks to Downy Baby Gentle. These wellness products and their home benefits were presented in the Mealtime Tips and Bedtime Tips Wellness videos released online.

?Moms shared their personal tips and bytes of advice to one another, talking about how Wellness Mom products have helped make their life at home an easier, safer, healthier and happier one. Also, to further showcase the unity of this movement, a special Moms for Wellness mosaic wall made up of photos of different moms around the country was also revealed.

?Aside from P&G, Robinsons Supermarket, who has always supported the wellness movement, has proven that two is better than one when it comes to progress and change. This mutual undertaking paved the way for a solid partnership, which was also officially revealed last Thursday through the Wellness Moms promo! From now on, whenever one buys three of the participating Wellness Moms products (Safeguard, Joy Antibac, Ariel Power Gel, Downy Baby Gentle, Oral-B, Pampers, or Vicks Baby Rub) at any Robinsons Supermarket, he/she will instantly receive Robinsons Supermarket GC’s worth 50 pesos!

?The media launch of the new Wellness Moms movement was not only an informative event, but also a fun gathering of moms who only want what’s best for their families. With games, new knowledge, and special P&G and Robinsons Supermarket giveaways, moms made their way home with an extra push of encouragement and motivation to continue living the Wellness Moms life.

Last minute Christmas shopping tips  

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No matter how prepared people are with their shopping list, being caught in the Christmas rush is quite inevitable. People usually have very long lists of items that need to be ticked off and obviously only very little time to do all the shopping because doing it after work only gives just a few hours of mall time.  Also, thinking of what to give to relatives and friends could pose a challenge, because of their varied tastes. To avoid giving similar gifts from the past year, even giving the same thing all over again is one of the most challenging tasks while coming down on one’s list too.

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