Yummy and healthy snacking made easy with CalCheese


As an early Mother’s Day celebration, Mayora Philippines recently launched CalCheese, a new cheese wafer biscuit for the wais mom. Held at the City of Dreams, the event was hosted by actress and proud mother of two, Dimples Romana, who expressed her enthusiasm over the snack.


With CalCheese, Filipino moms won’t have to choose between treats that their kids will like and snacks that are nutritious. Yummy and healthy, CalCheese is made from real cheddar cheese and milk, making it a source of calcium and vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, and B12. These nutrients help in a child’s development by boosting their immune system, strengthening their bones, and giving them energy all throughout the day. Continue reading »

Home Foodie Season 3 Offers “Madalicious Meals”

Home Foodie Season 3 Offers “Madalicious Meals” beginning May 15 after Unang Hirit.

Home Foodie Season 3 is coming. Delicious, easy and convenient dish and this Season 3 is all about. The Home Foodie couple Drew Arellano and Iya Villania-Arellano, together with the San Miguel Purefoods Celebrity Chefs, Llena Tan-Arenas, RJ Garcia and Rene Ruz will share more “Madalicious Meals” that can be cooked at your own home.

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A Mother’s Holiday


A mother’s holiday

Mother’s Day is a time for people to thank their moms for their never-ending sacrifices for the family. After all, they assume different roles round-the-clock just to make our lives comfortable – a chef to prepare our meals every day, a doctor to tend to us when we are sick, a teacher to help us with school work and life problems, a CEO of the household, our protector to make sure we are always safe, and so many more!

In celebration of Mother’s Day, Solane, the leading provider of LPG solutions, reminds everyone to show their love and appreciation to the woman who ceaselessly devotes herself to the family. This occasion is another moment that falls in perfectly with Solane’s Dapat Lang campaign, a program that emphasizes the importance of doing the right thing, for the family, for others and society as a whole.

And so for their continuous sacrifice, dapat lang we honor and make them feel special, and we can definitely do so through these five simple heartwarming deeds:

Cook breakfast for mom. Mothers are usually the first ones to wake up early to prepare meals and baon for the kids. This time around, let mom sleep a little longer and prepare her favorite breakfast food. Make it even more special and let her have breakfast in bed. Not only will mom admire the gesture, but it’s also guaranteed to be a good kick-start to Mother’s Day.


Let our mom enjoy a work-free day. Being head of the household means overseeing if the house is clean, ensuring the pantry is stocked with food, and cooking food for the family. Without a doubt, it can get tiring for our moms. On Mother’s Day, help her by volunteering to do the household chores and let her sit back and relax.


Spend time together. Set aside all other plans and enjoy the rest of the day with mom. Gather the whole family together and celebrate an adventure-filled day like a picnic in the park, outdoor barbecue, a hike or swim, or an out-of-town trip. This will definitely make mom feel special!


Pamper our mom. This is the perfect time to make our mothers feel like queens for a day. After all the chores she’s been doing, treat her to a quick session of mani-pedi, an hour worth of massage, or even something as simple as putting cucumber slices on her face for an affordable at-home facial that will immediately make her feel like royalty.


Surprise mom with a simple gift. Celebrating Mother’s Day doesn’t have to be grand or expensive. Simple gestures like making a hand-made card with a short but sweet message, offering a long-stemmed rose, or baking a cake will surely warm her heart. As they say, it’s the thought that counts!


So go ahead and try these simple tips. Not only will your mom feel loved, but it will also make your bond even stronger. Dapat lang


 1771 Back to Back in Uptown Bonifacio

 Get ready Uptown Bonifacio, another 1771 renowned restaurant is cooking its way to the heart of mall goers and food enthusiasts! 1771 Group of Restaurants, the ingenious team known for creating spaces where people can relish bonding moments over delectable cuisine, widens its domain in Uptown Bonifacio by opening Sentro 1771’s newest branch.

Sentro 1771 follows the steps of its sister restaurant, Flatiron, which opened its first branch in the same mall last year.  Flatiron serves impeccable flavors of nothing but goodness of comfort food prepared on a griddle. Its menu is an eclectic collection of comfort food that is American in core with a touch of European and Asian influences. Consumers craving for a mouthwatering dining experience will be served with delectable urban comfort food.

Drawn from its name, Flatiron Brisket 6 is the restaurant’s house specialty, definitely, a must-try! The meat is slowly cooked for 6 hours to achieve the perfect fusion of tasteful ingredients and the right amount of tenderness.  One can also devour on its Chicken Piccata, thinly-pounded chicken breast fried in butter and tossed in lemon butter sauce. The richness of the lemon butter sauce is balanced by the lightly creamed spaghettini. Another comfort food that will surely fill a growling stomach is the Corned Beef Skillet sautéed with onions and tomatoes that comes with sunny side eggs and a choice of rice or potato bread rolls.

Conclude the dining experience with a bang! After savoring on Flatiron’s heavy delicious meals, diners can indulge in the sweetness of the Intense Brownie Burger, a coffee ice cream sandwiched between 2 Swiss Chocolate fudge brownies on a cream cheese sauce mirror slathered with chocolate espresso sauce and toffee sauce. Its name says it all! One can expect for an intense, powerhouse combination of these melt-in-your-mouth ingredients.

“Flatiron was well received by patrons of Uptown Bonifacio. This progress alongside the emergence of various establishments in Bonifacio Global Center, specifically, in Uptown Bonifacio and the presence of a diverse community complemented with 1771’s followers garnered through the years, are positive indicators that, indeed, there is a market in the vicinity. There is a flourishing food culture and expanding Sentro 1771 is most opportune” said Vicky Pacheco, Executive Chef and COO of 1771 Group of Restaurants.

Sentro 1771 is the brainchild of Chef Vicky who wanted to steer clear of the plain and the usual by creating modern Filipino food. She has consistently been bold in experimenting with flavors and exploring ways and techniques to revamp standard Filipino recipes to extraordinary, sophisticated and world class.

Filipinos are accustomed to the typical sinigang na baboy, hipon or isda. One will hardly think of other possible versions of Sinigang but Sentro 1771 did and it resulted in perfection. The fully brined corned beef and the rich sour broth equate to a delicious sinigang. This unique reinvention of Sentro 1771 has been the best seller through the years.

Sentro 1771 also took everyone by surprise when it transformed galunggong, a modest food one would hardly find in a restaurant, into a sumptuous classy dish served with olive oil. Coined as “Rated GG”, this dish gave the unexpected satisfaction to the high-end market.

People who flock Uptown Bonifacio can also feast on Sentro 1771’s other premium-quality modern Filipino dishes like Adobo, Caldereta, Spring Rolls to name a few. And of course, Filipinos are insanely addicted to desserts! Sentro 1771’s Keso Flan, a Filipino version of cheesecake topped with salted egg, keeps pulling diners back to eat and enjoy the amazing dining experience.

“We dream of Sentro 1771 as the go to for modern Filipino cuisine prepared in the creative culinary supervision of the best team in town using the freshest natural ingredients,” uttered by Chef Vicky Pacheco.

Sentro 1771’s unconventional yet superb take on Filipino cuisine brings it to the pedestal as one of the most celebrated restaurants in the country. Its invasion in Uptown Bonifacio aims to cater for guests who are hungry and wanting the most satisfying treat to the palate. It can also accommodate events in its cozy function room fit for an intimate gathering of 10-30 guests.  Both Sentro 1771 and Flatiron accept reservations either through phone calls with contact numbers 792-9133 (Sentro 1771) and 802-5458 (Flatiron) or through a visit in their restaurants exactly located at Upper Ground Floor, Uptown Bonifacio Mall, 36th Street corner 9th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

Check out Sentro 1771 and Flatiron on Instagram and Facebook: (Sentro1771 and Flatiron.ph).  Visitwww.sentro1771.com and www.flatiron.ph to learn more about the latest dishes.



About Sentro 1771

Sentro 1771 is a member of 1771 Group of restaurants that revolutionized Filipino cuisine by introducing the modern Filipino cuisine experience. With a flagship store in Greenbelt 3 in Makati City, the company was the first to break the boundaries found in time-honored and familiar homegrown recipes by infusing them with a delectably sophisticated and cosmopolitan dimension. Today, Sentro 1771 has 3 branches (Greenbelt 3, Capitol Commons and Uptown BGC) in Metro Manila.

About Flatiron

Flatiron serves delightful comfort food that is American in core with a touch of European and Asian influences, while upholding the exceptional quality of service of 1771 Group of Restaurants. Deeply influenced by the culture of New York, Flatiron is an open and welcoming space for people of all ages, especially the youth, making it the heart of Uptown BGC.

About 1771 Group of Restaurants

1771 Group of Restaurants takes its name from the first address of the flagship restaurant, Chateau 1771.  It began in 1988 as a quaint French bistro on 1771, M. Adriatico Street, which quickly gained a following among Malate-goers at the time.  1771 Group has since expanded to include Flatiron, Sentro 1771, Café 1771 and 1771 Catering.  1771 Catering strives to bring the unique flavors of Sentro, the fun and adventurous spirit of Cafe, as well as the delectable innovations of Chateau to every gathering and occasion. Over the years, the numbers “1771” have come to represent the excellence in food quality, service and ambience to its customers.

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KING CUP SARDINES Joins Operation Bayanihan

Last February, GMA Kapuso Foundation together with KING CUP SARDINES, which is being produced by PERMEX Producer and Exportation Corporation plus other food and hygiene companies did an Operation Bayanihan.

It was last January that most of the municipalities in Mindanao particularly Agusan, Butuan and Caraga were affected by non-stop rain which resulted to flood including the overflowing of Agusan River.

This has brought damage not only to the roads, fields, root crops, but most specially to the houses of our fellow Filipinos. Because of this, GMA Kapuso Foundation was the first Non-Government Organization (NGO) who extended their help and distributed relief goods particularly to the barangays in Butuan like Brgy. Baan, Sagunto and Halapitan, and Brgy. Nuevo Trabajo in San Luis, Agusan del Sur. Extended help was also given most specially to those living beside Agusan River including the municipalities of Loreto and Banauan, San Francisco and Malimono in Surigao and to those confined in CARAGA Hospital.

Aside from preserving the country’s marine resources, PERMEX core values includes protecting the environment. This is why PERMEX feels so sorry for the disaster brought by the heavy rains which caused the flood and overflowing of Agusan River. And in line with the intention to help the Filipino people and give back because of the support that is being given to PERMEX, the said company didn’t think twice of giving ____ boxes of KING CUP SARDINES through GMA Kapuso Foundation.

Thousands of calamity-affected families were given relief goods by GMA Kapuso Foundation and KING CUP Sardines was one of those goods.

Because of what happened, PERMEX would like to continually remind our fellowmen to take care of mother earth to avoid these kinds of disaster.

Luis Manzano The Newest Century Tuna Hottie

Last Thusday, March 9, 2017 at Makati City launched the newest endorser of Century Tuna Chili corned and its newest TV commercial with Luis Manzano tagged Mas-Pinalaki and Ms Pina-Hot.

As Century Tuna introduces its new and improved chili corned tuna- Mas Pinalaki, Mas Pina-Hot but at the same price. Its no surprise that Luis Manzano has been tapped as the brand’s newest endorser, with the latest Century Tuna TVC, one that is appropriately fun and humurous showing Him in the middle of shoot, airing in television now.

Consumers of Century Corned Tuna put a premium on value for money and that’s why we’ve introduced this new variant that’s bigger and allows for more servings or sharing per can with a hotter flavor that’s loved by many, shares Greg Banzon, Century Pacific Food Inc. VP and General Manager. ‘To introduced this new variant were excited to welcome Luis Manzano as the newest member of the Century Tuna family, His versatility , lively and fun personality makes him an obvious choice of the brand.

Coming from the showbiz royalty Luis Manzano has managed to successfully carve a name for himself in the entertainment industry both in the big and small screen. As a versatile actor he has appeared in a string of box-office hits stradding both in comedy and drama. In the Television realm where hes a highly talented host of top rating TV game shows, his will, sense of humor, and instant raport with contestants and the audience cannot denied , earning him awards and a legion of loyal fans and followers.

And in case you don’t notice, Luis is also a fitness buff, wiht his buffled bod, chisled abs , and an overall robust physique. With all these fun and wholesome attributes and more, Luis is truly a perfect fit for Century Corned Tuna which is now Bigger and Hotter!

Bigger because it comes with 25 more grams at the same suggested retail price ! Hotter because of its new and improved flavor that’s yummier and spicier!

And as with all Century Tuna variants , you can be assured of only the best quality tuna that is high in protein, low in fat and fortified with Omega 3 and DHA.

All the unexpected features for your expected needs at home


The home is where the word comfort is probably felt the strongest. It is a space where its residents can truly loosen up and relax their tensed bodies after a day’s worth of work. It is also where people can really have enjoyment in cooking and eating their food, because it is where they probably tasted their favorite food from their parents’ cooking. The word home has served as more than just a space of comfort and sustenance, it has always been a reason for people to do better in life— in a way making the home better.


One way of making the home better is by filling it in with appliances that could make the home life easier, especially with the chores. While people try to get the most convenient and easy to use equipment. They also tend to get those items that looks good in the space it takes up. Midea, the world’s leading manufacturer of consumer appliances, understands the need for having home solutions that both satisfies form and function that provides surprisingly friendly solutions. With top-notch technology and stylish looks, Midea appliances could also easily get a space in anybody’s home.


One of which is Midea’s Induction Cooker that has a sleek design which gives it a stylishly futuristic look. It could sit lavishly on any kitchen counter top and don’t take that too much space— perfect for those living in condominium units. It is a common notion that induction cookers need specialized pans to cook food, but the truth is, as long as a magnet will stick to your pan there is no need to buy new sets of cookware to use Midea’s Induction Cooker.


It is also easier to control the temperature of the pan, unlike with its predecessors – the gas stoves and other electric cooktops. It is easier to clean because the food only gets cooked in the pan and not on the cooker. At the same time, it won’t burn your hands or fingers, because of its flameless heating and Auto Safe shut off feature that automatically cools off the cooker. It is safe, efficient, and stylish all in one.


And when the going gets tougher every day, and cooking food faster is becoming a challenge, what is usually done is putting leftover food in the microwave oven, and doing a replay of a meal a family already had. What homemakers don’t know was they can actually cook or even bake meals in the microwave oven. With just a few quick adjustments with the settings, Midea’s lineup of Mechanical and Digital Microwave Ovens could cook meals faster than the conventional way of doing it in a pan.


This suits well to those who are always on the go, and didn’t have that much time to prepare their food, or, to those who need to prepare a feast real quick before their guests arrive. Aside from saving time for other things, cooking with the microwave oven makes every meal healthier, because quick cooking locks in more nutrients in the food and because it is not necessary to use oil, the food cooked in the microwave oven has 10% less fat compare to conventional frying.


When it is already time to cool down coming home from work and a hearty meal, Midea has a lineup of Non-Inverter and Inverter Split Type Aircon. One of the common challenges in trying to own an aircon unit is the fear of having some insanely high cost on the electric bill. Midea responds to these challenges with their expertise and advance aircon technology.


Consumers can enjoy the benefits of having an aircon for a longer time without that big cost on the bill with Midea’s Eco Mode feature and DC Inverter Technology. This allows the user set their desired temperature, while Midea does the rest on saving up on energy maintaining the ideal temperature throughout its use. Plus, the consumers won’t need to worry about the noise while they sleep, because Midea added a Quiet Mode feature in its aircon and keep its operation silent.


And another great thing, Midea gives its customers Installation Subsidy to save more on the cost of owning an aircon, given that it will be done by an authorized installer. This is just one of the reasons that makes Midea lead in the after sales warranty category in the Philippine market. Midea prides itself in providing a 5-year warranty for its compressor, which only shows their confidence with the quality of their products. And what’s even more amazing is how these air-conditioning units would look good in any room.

 Midea will always be at the forefront of improving their products through extensive research and constant innovation with how they manufacture their technology. This expertise in providing surprisingly home friendly solutions with high quality functionality also meets the consumers’ tasteful eye for style by making these products an appliance to behold on any wall or kitchen counter top.

 For more information on Midea’s products check out their website at http://midea.com.ph and Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Midea Philippines.

About Midea

Midea, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of appliances, covers a complete range of products from electric kettles, washing machines, microwaves to large commercial air-conditioning systems. Thriving in over 150 countries, Midea has now arrived in the Philippines!

In partnership with Concepcion Industrial Corporation (CIC), Midea’s global strength in the appliance industry infused with CIC’s Integrity, Excellence and Total Customer Satisfaction give the world class brand a better understanding of the Filipino’s needs.



Sarsaya Oyster Sauce 

Last week, Ajinomoto Philippines Corporation arranged a press conference to announce the launch of its newest product, SarsayaÒ Oyster Sauce, and celebrity endorser, Mr. Coco Martin. 
SarsayaÒ Oyster Sauce is concentrated from real oysters, complete with seasonings to provide a delicious blend of savory, sweet and salty taste to any dish. You can savor the real taste of oyster in every dish with SarsayaÒ Oyster Sauce.

“SarsayaÒ Oyster Sauce is a unique brand of oyster sauce that is created to suit Filipino taste and preference, making many filipino dishes like ginisang kangkong and adobo more powerful and delicious,” said Pena Alvina, Ajinomoto’s Category Manager for Menu Seasonings.

There was a live cooking demonstration and cook-off by Chef Mcrhyan Rodrigo. He cooked Filipino favorites Ginisarsayang Kangkong with Tokwa and his own recipe, Thai Style Stir Fried Chicken using SarsayaÒ Oyster Sauce. Two ladies, one is fund of cooking and the other is a mom who doesn’t cook, were asked to try to cook Ginisang Kangkong with Tokwa using SarsayaÒ Oyster Sauce. But who knew there is more to just a simple Ginisang Kangkong just by adding Two ladies, one is fund of cooking and the other is a mom who doesn’t cook, were asked to try to cook using SarsayaÒ Oyster Sauce. It turned out to be a new tasty, exciting, and easy to cook dish to serve to family ad friends!

Ginisarsayang Kangkong with Tokwa

1/4 cup cooking oil

1 square tokwa, sliced into cubes

2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

1/2 small size onion, thinly sliced

1 bundle (approx. 200 grams) kangkong, separate leaves and stalks

2 tbsps./30g pack SarsayaÒ Oyster Sauce


1. Fry tokwa until lightly brown. Set aside tokwa and sauté garlic and onion on the same 


2. Add kangkong stalks and stir-fry for about 30 seconds, put kangkong leaves and fried

     fried tokwa. Continue stir-frying.

3. Add SarsayaÒ Oyster Sauce. Mix and stir-fry for 1 minute. Serve hot.

Makes 4 servings

Nutrition information per serving:

Carbohydrates 5 g, Protein 4g, Fats 9g, Calories 115

Dish cost: Php 25.00
Primetime King Coco Martin, who is a big fan of his grandmother’s cooking ,was chosen to endorse SarsayaÒ Oyster Sauce. Coco, a degree holder of Hotel and Restaurant Management claimed, “Kakaiba dahil lasang oyster na oyster!” He loved how SarsayaÒ Oyster Sauce can add that delicious and authentic oyster flavor that truly enhances simple dishes. Since he grew up loving the dishes by his grandmother, and cooking on his own as well, Coco appreciates the real taste of good food. 

Here is another recipe that is best for any occasion which is affordable & delectable using SarsayaÒ Oyster Sauce.
Pancit Canton


3 tablespoons cooking oil

5 cloves garlic, chopped

1 small size onion, chopped

1/4 kilo liempo, sliced into thin strips

3 cups water

1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

1/4 kilo pancit canton, soaked and drained

1/2 cup chicharo, trimmed

1/2 cup carrot strips

1 small bell pepper, cut into strips

2 cups cabbage, shredded

4 tablespoons SARSAYAÒ Oyster Sauce

1. Heat oil in a large pan or wok, sauté garlic and onion until fragrant.

2. Add meat slices and sauté until lightly brown.

3. Add water and pepper. Bring to boil and simmer until meat is tender.

4. Add pancit canton and mix well.

5. SARSAYAÒ Oyster Sauce AND VEGETABLES. Mix and cook for about 2 minutes.

6. Serve while hot.
Makes 6-8 servings.
Nutrition information per serving:

Carbohydrates 41g, Protein 17g, Fats 32g, Calories 520

Dish cost: Php 109.21
SarsayaÒ Oyster Sauce is available in 30g pack and 156g stand-up re-sealable pouch.

For more varieties in your kitchen, also try SarsayaÒ Sweet and Sour Sauce, available in 200g stand-up pouch, for a delicious blend of pineapple and tomato flavor.

Healthier Relationship with Minola

Coconut oil has a multitude of health benefits, which include but are not limited to skin care, hair care, improving digestion and immunity against a host of infections and diseases. The oil is used not just in tropical countries, where coconut plantations are abundant, but also in the US and the UK. People are discovering the wonders this oil can create and it is again gaining popularity throughout the world. Let us see how many of these benefits you are aware of.

Coconut oil is one of the richest sources of saturated fat you can find, with around 90% of calories as saturated fat.

Saturated fat was unfairly demonized a few decades ago by a few biased but highly influential scientists. However, new studies show that there is no association between saturated fat and heart disease.

The initial studies on coconut oil that supposedly demonstrated that it was unhealthy used refined and hydrogenated coconut oil that contained trans fats.

These studies have no relevance to the unrefined, organic, virgin coconut oil that is commonly found in health food stores today

Minola prides itself on its strict quality standards; its Minola Cooking Oil is one of the leading brands of coconut oil in the Philippines.
The use of Coconut oil has become a popular trend in the early years but in the mid 1980’s to early 2000s, a study revealing Coconut oil as unhalthy and causes heart diseases was widely accepted by the general public. Coconut products then suffered a lot and for many years use of coconut oil is considered harmful because of the fats and cholesterol derived from it.
It is only in recent years that the study is proven wrong. This is also the period when Coconut Oil is praised for its versatility. It has many uses and can be used for baking, skin moisturising, speeding up wound healing , increasing hydration for dry skin and of course its main use – frying food. As a superfood, coconut oil can boost metabolism and the saturated fats we used to consider unhealthy is in fact a safe source of energy for humans.

Dr. Dayrit’s presentation is an eye-opener. I learned that some oil when put under too much heat creates chemical that is harmful to our body. He also expounded on Coconut oil many health benefits because it contains and is rich in fatty acid called Lauric Acid.
As deep fried food have become our staple, at home or our favorite restaurant, what oil we use is important. We need to know that there are various types of oils for various methods of cooking. For deep frying, oil with saturated fats is best cooking.
Here’s a basic fact: Coconut oil – being a saturated fat – is capable of withstanding fiercer temperatures, making it useful oil for cooking. When it comes to high heat cooking, coconut oil is your best choice. Since the fatty acids in it are saturated, this makes it very resistant to heat.
Overall, eating fried food at home certainly does not have to be unhealthy. What we need is the type of oil you will use and how Minola Cooking Oil is your best choice. Use it so that #HealthierAngRelationship. To know more about Minola like, share and read more about them on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/Minola-Cooking-Oil-148228115196855/

A Pocketful of Hugs

Just like any other mom I’m always on the lookout for healthy snacks for my kids. I want to be healthy and filling and affordable is always a plus. So I was excited when Gardenia sent me a small box so my kids can try it.

Even our cat wanted to get into the action. As much as he wanted to taste it my kids wouldn’t allow him to do so.

Just like any typical siblings my kids love to play but their kind of play is different from other kids I guess it’s because of their age difference. My son has a hard time with games that require him to run and my daughter doesn’t like games that would make her sweat. I also discourage my kids from playing with gadgets so i think the claw machine game is perfect medium.

After a challenging game they rest and enjoy their new found snack which Pocketful Sandwich from Gardenia which comes in two variants Chocolate and Peanut Butter.

For me the best part aside from the taste is that they already removed the corners of the bread. My kids don’t even like that and I always have to cut it out whenever they want bread and who is the unwilling victim who has to eat it? Of course.Who else but yours truly…