Monday, September 12, 2016

Papa John's Blogger's Night at SM Megamall (September 9, 2016)


Papa John's Pizza is a testament to the hard work and dedication of its founder, John Schnatter. In his younger days, he worked his way from a humble dishwasher up to the pizza maker of a restaurant. In due time, he sold his car in order to open up the first Papa John's pizza joint in his hometown. His business has become so successful that the company has grown to 4,700 outlets worldwide under the umbrella of numerous franchisees.

Just last week, I was invited by Ms. Rizcelle of Berjaya Philippines Inc. to the Blogger's Night of Papa John's Restaurant at SM Megamall. According to her, Papa John's pizza boasts of a delightful array of flavors and fresh ingredients that is sure to whet the appetite of hungry diners. I wanted to try out this guarantee by tasting their dishes for myself.

Our food tour started with a taste of their appetizers. The Pepperocini Dynamite (Php 95) was composed of 6 sticks of pepperocini wrapped in bacon and stuffed with cheese sauce. It had a slightly salty and moderately tangy and spicy flavor fit for those who love their appetizers hot. Add to this their Ultimate Potato Wedges (Php 145), a sweet and peppery mix of fried potato wedges dressed with cheese, garlic mayo, bacon and lettuce, and you have a killer combo that's sure to whet one's appetite to the maximum. We were also given a taste of their experimental dish, the Spinach Cheese Stromboli, a baked pastry composed of cheese and spinach wrapped in a soft, chewy bread that kids and adults will surely love.

We then tried their specialty pastas, namely the Cheesy Mushroom (Php 99 for single/Php 200 for large), the Creamy Crab Meat (Php 99 for single/Php 200 for large) and the Spinach Alfredo (Php 99 for single/Php 200 for large). These three variants were complete with tasty sauces, generous servings, and fresh ingredients. The Cheesy Mushroom pasta had this thick cheese sauce and tasty mushrooms that made me, a cheese and mushroom lover, proud. The Creamy crab meat, I must admit is more suited for seafood lovers; while the Spinach alfredo is for those who want their pasta at a much simpler texture and quality. The latter had bits of spinach garnished with basil leaves.

The meal wasn't complete without their American style crispy fried chicken. at Php 390 for 3 pieces, Php 559 for 5 pieces, and Php 670 for 7 pieces, this generously served dish had huge pieces of golden brown chicken fried to a crisp. The taste reminded me of home style chicken that my mom used to serve me. However, this version boasted of thick and tangy gravy and a golden brown breading that left me wanting more. While I must admit that it's a tad pricey, I'd say that the price is still worth the experience.

The highlight of the night was the pizza flavors we were offered. I had three variants: the Super Papa, Chicken Bacon Ranch, and the classic Pepperoni. These are served in 9 inch (Php 350), 12 inch (Php 485) and 14 inch (Php 595) sizes. These premium flavors are usually drizzled with a generous helping of meat, particularly bacon, mozzarella cheese, and a chewy crust. The Super Papa is considered as their premier and flagship pizza flavor due to the generous helping of meat and vegetables. I particularly liked this variant because it had a wonderful balance of flavors. The Pepperoni, despite its oily and greasy state, was still an excellent representation of the classic flavor. The pepperoni slices were huge. Add to that a thick helping of cheese; and you'll really have the time of your life with the pizza. The Chicken Bacon Ranch reminded me of a chicken sandwich due to the ranch flavoring on top. While less stellar than the other two flavors; I'd recommend it for kids or adults who want their pizza conservative in terms of taste.

Lastly, the meal wasn't complete without a helping of their dessert, the Pineapple Cinnamon Rolls. While being at its experimental stage, I'd say that It may be a hit among diners. This delectably sweet rolls are good for those who love an explosion of flavors when it comes to dessert. It has 7 pieces and is truly delightful to devour.

Papa John's truly is generous when it comes to their events. Furthermore, their food does live up to the hype and adoration from its patrons and fans alike. You can visit Papa John's Pizza at https://www.facebook.com/Papa-Johns-Pizza-Philippines-127898463920397/. Their SM Megamall branch is located at 3/F SM Megamall. 


The story in pictures:


The pizza menu


The Papa John's membership card.



The entrance


Their 199 promo.


The potato wedges appetizer


The Spinach Cheese Stromboli


The Pepperocini dynamite with bacon wrapped


I was examining the content of the Stromboli


The Cheesy Mushroom Pasta


The Creamy Crab Meat Pasta


The Spinach Alfredo Pasta


Papa John's around the world


The spacious dining area


The Super Papa - the flagship pizza


The garlic cheese sauce and pepperocini


The pepperoni pizza


Another shot!


Look at the generous pepperoni toppings!


The American style crispy fried chicken - just look at the humongous servings!


Another shot!


The chicken bacon ranch pizza


Pineapple Cinnamon Rolls


The menu


The kind kitchen staff!

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Realizing big dreams must start with small steps. Mateo Guidicelli partners with Sunlife to bring the Sunlife Prosperity Card


Sunlife has been known help people save and invest for the future through their insurance, investment, and financial plans. They have also been known to help out people who want to make it big financially or maintain their financial status. Given this premise, it it no surprise that one of the biggest names in the acting industry, Matteo Guidicelli, has come to endorse Sunlife as his choice for financial investments and instruments. According to him, he wants to be practical in planning his preparations for the future; hence, he has enlisted the help of one of the best financial planners in the country: Sunlife. 

Since he strongly believes in the Sunlife brand, he has decided to endorse it as well. He makes it a point to only adhere to brands that he trusts and believes in; particularly those with a good and established reputation in the respective industries these are in. While he admits that he only has one Sunlife plan for now, he will make it a point to invest more in the future. 

Matteo's new endorsement for Sunlife is in the new Prosperity Card: a reloadable card that grants its owner access to any of Sunlife's financial instruments be it insurance, mutual funds, VUL's, or bond funds. It comes at the starting investment rate of Php 5,000 and is reloadable at anytime from any of Sunlife's Asset Management Offices located in the Metro and the Provinces. This card can be transferrable, hence it can be given as gifts on special occasions such as weddings, birthdays, and anniversaries. Matteo himself admitted that he gave the card as gifts to the members of his athletic foundation. 

According to Sunlife Asset Management President Valerie Pama, the card is an intsrument that can help the youth who want to grow their money by spending for sound investments rather than worthless luxuries. While she acknowledges the fact that the youth are very much interested in investing their money, most of them don't know how to execute it. Hence, enter Sunlife, a company who can guide them in making the right choices for their money.

To cap off the launch of the New Prosperity Card, Sunlife launched a TVC wherein they showed Matto having two personas, one who was a bad boy spender while the other was a good guy investor. The girl was made to choose over these two; and she ended up choosing the frugal Matteo who learned to invest for the right things in life.

Matteo is truly a dedicated and focused careerman who has learned to be cautious when it comes to dealing with the more important parts of his life. Since he knows that he's already getting older, he has made it a point to focus on the right things such as his athletics and his projects. He also puts aside his earnings for his investments, with Sunlife being one of them.

The Story in Pictures:



Matteo with Sunlife's leading executives during the roundtable discussion on the new Sunlife Prosperity Card


Matteo explaining his work ethic and dedication to his craft.


The new Sunlife prosperity card at a starting investment of Phip 5,000.

Photos courtesy of Mr. Ralph Huertas of http://www.uberliciousph.com/

Be a Sunlife Advisor Now! The quintessential guide to achieving your financial freedom!

Last August 17. 2016, Mr. Brian Macasa invited me to witness the launch of Sunlife's Be a Financial Advisor campaign at the famed Aracama restaurant in BGC. This event aimed to tell members of the media and bloggers about the benefits of following your passion while doing something that is also financially rewarding. The organizers presented two of the seasoned advisers from Sunlife who have achieved and seen much in life.

The speakers were composed of Ms. Arianne Serafico and Ms. Agnes Cuaso. Both of them were initially into different fields. Ms. Cuaso was a former commerical model who was in print media and catwalk modelling; while Ms. Serafico was an NGO worker who initially wanted to focus on her passion to help others. Both of them discovered that their occupations were not sustainable enough to help them achieve their dreams. For Arianne, it was getting to fly to the us to attend a class in the prestigious Stanford University about business management. For Agnes, it was about being stable to raise a family. But, with the help of Sunlife, both of them were able to intertwine financial stability and their passions. According to both of them, being with Sunlife gave them the flexibility of time and effort. Through the standardized trainings and mentorships, both of them were able to become better at advising others about the importance of investments and saving for the future. Furthermore, Sunlife has become excellent partners in helping them secure the finances to do the things that were truly important to them. Arianne, on one hand, was able to raise more than 600 thousand pesos from her business with the help of the skills she learned from investing and working with Sunlife. Agnes, on the other hand, was able to take care of her 1 year old son through the flexibility of time granted by work as a financial advisor.

After the program, the hosts gave us bloggers a Q and A about the importance of investment and the different instruments available to their disposal. Also, the hosts told us that Sunlife isn't all about investments. It is also a growing family that a person can share his hopes and dreams with.

Truly, I can say that being a financial advisor with Sunlife is a career opportunity that I would like to tap into someday so that I may learn how to manage my money and investments wisely.

Truly, Sunlife can be a wonderful partner in providing people with opportunities to enrich themselves and help them attain the things that matter most in their lives. With this to take home, I truly hope that other's dreams are reached with the help of Sunlife. Be a Sunlife Advisor now! 

You can contact Sunlife Financial Philippine through their FB page at https://www.facebook.com/sunlifefinancialadvisorphilippines/?fref=ts

The story in Pictures:


The hosts interviewing the speakers for the night.


A Sunlife promotional folder detailing the joys of investing in Sunlife


The hosts with Ms. Agnes Tuazon and Ms. Arianne Serafico, the speakers and bonafide Sunlife Financial Advisers


A promotional stage for Sunlife


The Sunlife quiz show with the participation of employees from different offices in BGC


The bloggers enjoying the nachos and the quiz night

Friday, August 19, 2016

#WeMakeitRain in Hydro Manila Music Festival 2016 (August 27, 2016 at the MOA Concert Grounds)


Last August 2, 2016, Ms. Jade Dee of Hydro Core Events and Production Corp. invited me to witness the press conference of an upcoming music festival in the Metro called Hydro Manila. This spectacular event will be this year's biggest gathering of the top musical talents of the country. Furthermore, these artists from different genres will be showcasing their top notch talents to a crowd of about 20 thousand vibrant attendees, mostly from the millennial generation. This year's Hydro Manila seeks to usher in repeat of last year's success, but with a bigger, better, and bolder act.

The press conference was held in Urbn QC, a well-known and posh bar and party venue in Timog Avenue, Quezon City. During the course of the entire night, the members of the media were told what to expect in this exhilarating event. I, for one, was excited to see some of the best talents in the country offer their skill and creativity to bring a one-of-a-kind musical feast. 

According to the Executive Director, Mr. Nick Hernandez, the show will be divided into 15 1-hour acts with groups of DJ's, musicians, singers and MC's performing their unique and exhilarating sets. The party will surely be non-stop as 15 hours of fun will await all the lucky attendees. Also, the venue will promote a wet and wild experience as the main hall will be called a wet-zone. There will be lots of water guns, water balloons, and fire hoses for that unique Hydro experience.

I invite you to Hydro Manila 2016 on August 27, 2016. It will start at 1pm onwards and end at about 5am at the SM Mall of Asia Concert Grounds. 
The entire lineup includes 20+ artists, ranging from OPM, to EDM, to indie. These are:

PAROKYA NI EDGAR

DJ Moophs
DJ X-FACTOR
DJ kidWolf
DJ JOHNNY VERSE
DJ SKRATCHMARK
DJ NIX DAMN P
DJ Ron Poe

Joyce Pring
MC Boo
MC JAMS
KAPPO THE MC
STEVE MILLS
MC JOLO
ANOMALY
LEONARD REGIS
MR.POI
CHELSEA RONQUILLO

With special performances by:
Ampalaya Monologues (SPOKEN WORD)
HYDRO SHUFFLE MOB
Luminescence FLOW ARTS GROUP

And MORE SURPRISE GUESTS!
Buy your tickets now! We repeat, buy your tickets now before they run out! Dance your way now to all SM Tickets Outlets nationwide.
GOLD - PHP 500
VIP - PHP 1500
GOLD (DOOR CHARGE) - PHP 800

The VIP Tables cost:
Cocktail P7500 (4 PAX)
Table P15000 (8 PAX)
Couch P25000 (10 PAX)

For booking contact 09278989511 or email us at MakeItRain@HydroManila.com
*18+ to enter, NO ID NO ENTRY*
Tickets are available through SM Tickets outlets nationwide and via online at www.smtickets.com. Call 470.2222 for inquiries.

The Story in Pictures:


The producers of Hydro Manila orienting the press about the event


The invite


The map of the venue


Deuce Manila with other assorted acts


The legendary Ely Buendia with some of the country's best DJ's



The entire lineup

Photos courtesy of https://walkwithmisspiggy.blogspot.com

Special thanks to Ms. Jade Dee