A terpsichorean journey through Philippine fashion and romance at the Maynila Ballroom of the Manila Hotel

Manila Hotel brings to the city a spectacular presentation of good food, fashion, dance and song. From August 23 to September 4, enjoy a sumptuous Filipino Buffet as you watch two vibrant shows set in the picturesque and historical Maynila Ballroom. Directed by renowned director Freddie Santos, the Grand Dame offers colorful musical masterpieces that encapsulate the very best of Filipino arts and culture.

Kultura Fashionista is the lunchtime cultural show conceptualized to be a terpsichorean frolic through food and fashion. This show features native dances performed by the Sindaw Philippines Performing Arts Guild and Philippine couture created by select designers from the Fashion Designers Association of the Philippines.

The show starts with The Dance of the Malongs, which may be deemed as the oldest fashion show in history and conveys an artful display of the many ways the Malong or wrap cloth of native tribes can be worn. It then proceeds to enthrall audiences with an exquisite display of authentic Philippine fashion from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, and ends with the national dance of the islands, the Tinikling, which brings out the incredible dexterity and footwork of the Sindaw dancers.

At dinner, be serenaded by Romansa!, a nightly stage musical that conveys the heartwarming love story of two star-crossed lovers—a city boy and a country girl—who crossed paths and fell deeply in love. The girl is played by 19-year old soprano Fame Flores, who was trained by New York Metropolitan Opera singer Evelyn Mandac, and the boy is played by R & B Master Brenan Espartinez. Together, their powerful voices bring to life a tapestry of Original Pilipino Music favorites combined with cultural dances. The musical is divided into six major parts that depict the progression of love in real life: The Meeting, The Courtship, The Understanding, The Misunderstanding, The Reconciliation, and The Promise of Forever. The end result is a very visual romantic tale that portrays the eclectic and colorful romance between the East and the West, the countryside and the city, the traditional and the trendy. It ends with the majestic Singkil Dance, the Muslim wedding dance of Mindanao, which is performed by the Sindaw Philippines Performing Arts Guild accompanied by live percussionists and gong players. Musical Direction is by ABS-CBN’s Pinoy Dream Academy Musical Director Monet Silvestre.

The cultural shows are priced at P1,650 (lunch show) and P1,950 (dinner show) per person. For more information please call the Manila Hotel at 5270011 local 7.


Exclusive to Jollibee Kids Club members: Grab a free Pinoy storybook on August 15 at Jollibee

Books help shape young minds and stir children’s imaginations. It also empowers them with knowledge and creativity while having fun. In support to its goal of helping develop well rounded children, Jollibee enjoins kids to widen their interest for reading with a special one-day only promo exclusive for Jollibee Kids Club members.

“We want to help raise awareness and greater appreciation for our local children’s books,” says Albert Cuadrante, Jollibee Vice President for Marketing. “We believe that kids would be able to relate well with the various stories and discover more about the Filipino culture in a fun and appealing manner. More importantly, as they enjoy these stories that will hopefully be read to them by their parents, they will pick up values that would help them become better, well-rounded children.”

After recently partnering with the Philippine Board on Books for Young People (PBBY) for this year’s National Book Day celebration, the country’s leading fast food chain further influences kids to read more, enjoy and learn from these well-crafted, locally produced books.

On August 15, Jollibee gives away selected Pinoy storybooks from among the winning titles cited by the PBBY during the recent National Childen’s Book Awards ceremony last July 24.

The first 50 Jollibee Kids Club members to drop by on this day in any of the 50 selected Jollibee outlets in Metro Manila will get a free book each. Jollibee Kids Club members just need to show their membership ID and they can take home one of these four charmingly-written and beautifully-illustrated children’s books:

Can We Live On Mars? , published by Adarna House, is an illustrated science book for children 9 to 12 years old. Both educational and entertaining, the book manages to mix meaty facts along with visual and humorous illustrations that are sure to inspire children to be budding scientists.

Lub-Dub, Lub-Dub is a heartwarming story written by Russell Molina and illustrated by Jomike Tejido. Published by The Bookmark, Inc., it tells the story of an observant girl and her encounters with her younger sister’s doctor. The book manages to touch the emotions by reminding readers that despite differences, we all have one sound of a beating heart.

Tagu-Taguan is a book that teaches kids how to count in Filipino. Written and illustrated by Jomike Tejido, and published by Tahanan Publishing Inc., Tagu-Taguan is not just a typical counting book as it is also filled with artistic recreations of backyard creatures – from spiders and earthworms to butterflies. Counting has never been more appealing to both the eye and mind as the book provides a refreshing take on the basic numbers game.

Lastly, Just Add Dirt, written by Becky Bravo, illustrated by Jason Moss and published by Adarna House, is a book written for kids ages 8 to 10. It reminds them of the importance of taking care of their body through a funny story about a boy who hates taking a bath – until vegetables and plants start growing out of his ears!

Sign up your kids with the Jollibee Kids Club so they can start enjoying more exciting goodies, fun-filled activities and exclusive promos!

Participating Jollibee branches include: UP Philcoa; Grand Central, E. Rodriguez; Greenmeadows C5 Libis; SM Mall of Asia 1; Market Market; Alabang Junction; NAIA Terminal 2; Bonifacio Stop-Over; Glorietta 4; Makati Avenue and New Las Pinas.
For a complete list of participating branches in Metro Manila, go to www.jollibee.com.ph.


Avon Fashions’ Missy Collection Lets Girls Be Girls

Inside every woman is a fun-loving gal, whatever her age, lifestyle and profession may be. And nobody understands this better than Avon Fashions! Its latest Missy line collection offers intimate apparel that lets the girl in you just have fun with its youthful, feminine styles that go hand in hand with comfort and quality.

Bursting with bright rainbow colors, Missy collection’s new pieces are made of high-quality materials masterfully crafted to perfectly fit the Asian form:


No more “oopsies” over visible bra lines! The Annika Underwire Convertible T-shirt Brassiere (P499) is a moulded bra that provides that sleek and smooth look when worn under tight-fitting tops. The brassiere is available in a soft pink color and its straps can be worn in many fun ways – asymmetrical, halter, crisscross, conventional and even strapless.


Feel cute and youthful on any and every side with the Alana Underwire Convertible Reversible Brassiere (P399). This especially crafted brassiere is reversible and convertible – one side features a green floral print while the other a solid hot-pink color, and the convertible straps can be worn in many ways, whether you’re hitting up the malls or dancing the night away at the hottest clubs (plus extra sets of straps can be added for various fashionable looks.)


Amp up your active spirit with the Andie Non-Wire Brassiere (P295). This fun racerback brassiere comes in a lime green and turquoise graffiti print with a bottom elastic band for comfort.


Chic and playful are always in season! Go polka-dotted and candied with the Noelle Underwire Multi-Way Brassiere (P375), a brassiere that combines two fun prints on the cups – a polka-dot fabric for the top cups and a sweet candy-print for the bottom. This underwire bra comes with a permanent halter feature and its straps can be worn conventionally or crisscross.

Have the time of your life and feel fabulous, stylish and ever youthful with these new intimates especially designed for vibrant and young women in mind.

These Avon Fashions Missy Intimate Apparel pieces are available through Avon Representatives nationwide. Don’t have an Avon lady yet? Contact the Avon Customer Hotline at 8642900 or visit www.avon.com.ph.


Little Asia now Caters!

Our favorite Asian restaurant now caters. They can cater from 50 up to 1000 pax for your events, parties, birthdays, weddings and just about any event you want.

For inquiries, please contact Charlemagne Lim at 0917.8334223.