Soundbites Music Festival, brought to us by Robinsons Malls in partnership with The Philippine Star, will continue to delight us with great pinoy music this weekend at Robinsons Manila.  If you missed Side A, Reggae Mistress and Sabor Latino’s gigs at Robinsons Magnolia last weekend, head on over to Manila tomorrow night, May 23, and Saturday, May 24.

Funky soul and reggae music from BRASS PAS PAS PAS PAS and BROWNMAN REVIVAL will entertain shoppers and foodies at Robinsons Manila on Friday night.  Saturday night, SIDE A will make your hearts swoon again this time in Robinsons Manila.  You also won’t want to miss the last leg of Soundbites at Robinsons Galleria on May 30.  Kahit Walang Sabihin, I know you heart RICO BLANCO, too. 🙂

Get FREE entrance tags to the Soundbites Music Festival with every P500 purchase from participating restaurants in Robinsons Magnolia, Robinsons Galleria, and Robinsons Manila.  Click here for the full list.

Here’s a peek of the fun night we had during the first leg of the Soundbites Music Festival last May 17:

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Fun games and raffle prizes for the crowd!

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Sumeselfie with Side A

The Perfect Blend of Jolly Spaghetti and the Legaspi Family

Last Thursday, May 15, Jollibee hosted an intimate lunch at the Fairmont Hotel to formally introduce Carmina Villaroel, Zoren Legaspi, and their twins as the newest family endorser of Jolly Spaghetti. Never mind that this shy li’l mom ended up singing (more like chanting actually tee-hee) the new Jollibee Spaghetti jingle in front of a roomful of mediamen, I definitely had a great time meeting the Legaspi family – such a beautiful family! – and lunching on sweet-sarap Jolly Spaghetti and Crispylicious Chicken Joy.

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Full Circle. This is what Carmina’s relationship with Jollibee has come as she and her entire family joins the Jollibee family as the newest endorsers of Jolly Spaghetti. Those who grew up in the 80s (*mama raises hand*) would most likely remember the commercial that launched the young Carmina’s career in showbizness. I saw this clip on YouTube for those who haven’t seen that commercial yet.

In the latest Jollibee commercial, Carmina is joined by her husband Zoren and their adorable twins, Cassy and Mavy.  As you watch the new ad, you can’t help reminiscing with the many parallel scenes from the ad of the young Carmina – the story sequence, facial expressions, the whispered “thank you” – even her clothes are similar to the ones she wore years ago. Zoren quips that this was an answered prayer for Carmina who has been dreaming of doing the commercial with her entire family.

“I’m excited to be back with the Jollibee family and this homecoming is extra special because this time, I’ll be with my own family. Together with my husband and kids, I feel that we’re going to have the time of our lives sharing the langhap-sarap world of Jollibee with everyone.”


Jolly Spaghetti: Beyond Sweet Spaghetti

Just as Carmina has captured the hearts of Filipinos since her first Jollibee commercial, Jolly Spaghetti’s one-of-a-kind blend has continued to capture the hearts and taste buds of Filipino families the world over. Since it was launched in 1979 as Spaghetti Special, it has been rebranded as Jolly Spaghetti and Jollibee Spaghetti but has remained to the best spaghetti Pinoys love. Its delicious blend of sweetness and rich tomato taste with the right amount of cheese and meats sets it beyond just sweet spaghetti. It’s sweet-sarap na the best!

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The Perfect Blend – Just Like the Jolly Spaghetti

Just as the Jollibee Spaghetti is a perfect blend of sauce, cheese, meats, and spaghetti, the Legaspi family is also a perfect blend of distinct personalities that make them a great example of a happy Pinoy family. This makes them the best choice as the new faces for Jollibee Spaghetti. That, and the fact that just like any other Pinoy family, they also do love Jolly Spaghetti.

“It has the perfect blend of flavours we Pinoys want in a spaghetti dish. It has a sweet-sarap taste with rich and appetizing tomato taste that makes me, Carmina, and our kids want more!”

-Zoren –

Asked what ingredients of Jollibee spaghetti they would be, Zoren and Mavy say they’d be cheese mainly because they’re the “cheesy” ones in the family. Cassie says she’s the sauce as she adds flavour to the family. Initially saying that she was “everything” as she “completes them”, Carmina said she was the pasta coz without the spaghetti noodles there would be no spaghetti. The Legaspi family acknowledges their individual differences and are thankful that their distinct personalities complement each other.

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I guess we’ll be seeing more of this beautiful family bonding over the perfect blend of their favorite Jolly Spaghetti. 🙂 Oh, and in case, you haven’t seen it yet, here’s the newest TVC of Jollibee Spaghetti.

Off the Bookshelf: Soupy Saturdays with The Pain and The Great One

Do you have children who never seem to get along with each other? Who seem to have mastered the art of war, uhm, getting on each other’s nerves? If there’s one parenting issue that transcends time, it has got to be sibling rivalry.  All families with multiple children deal with it in varying degrees. My parents did. Now, my husband and I are dealing with it.  It wouldn’t be a surprise that many can relate to Judy Blume’s The Great One and The Pain.

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Meet the Great One and the Pain

Abigail and Jake are siblings who both feel that their parents love the other more than themselves.  Abigail thinks of her brother as “the Pain” who’s always bothersome and who she wants to have nothing to do with.  Jake, on the other hand, thinks his sister is “the Great One” who always seems to do everything right in their parents’ eyes.   In the book, we are able to take a peek into the mind of each sibling with their alternate narratives.   No matter how different their views are or how much they think they “dislike” each other, we are able to see that they really do care for each other.

Soupy Saturdays

Soupy Saturdays is the first among a series of books about the Great One and the Pain.  In Soupy Saturdays, we read about several stories that all take place on Saturdays.  From a failed birthday party to a trip out of town, we also find out how they conquer Jake’s fear of Mr. Soupy the haircutter and Abigail’s fear of riding the bike.  Like all books in the series, this one ends with Fluzzy the cat’s narrative.

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What My Kids Say

Jakei wasn’t interested in reading the book yet. He’s barely five years old so that’s quite understandable.  Jade says she likes the book but Roald Dahl still remains her favorite.  She also thinks that Abigail and Jake are similar to her and Jakei (which is quite true as they are a bit of a know-it-all older sis and a mischievous younger bro).  However, Jade says she like Jake’s character more because “he chews on Bruno’s ear”.  Asked if she would recommend it to other kids, she just said “Yes, because it’s funny.”

As with most of our books, we got our copy on sale.  She still has a couple of Roald Dahl and CS Lewis books to read but we will still be on a lookout for the other books about The Great One and The Pain. 🙂

Press Release: SHELL launches DEEP CLEAN WEEK with DOMEX

(Press Release)


Pilipinas Shell today launched its Deep Clean Week at retail stations around the country, partnering with Unilever through Domex under its 1M Clean Toilets Movement.

Shell one million clean toilets

Traveling during peak seasons introduces heightened risks of acquiring diseases. Oftentimes, gas stations along major roads become the necessary stop-over points for commuters and private motorists, resulting in crowded, busy use of retail station facilities. In fact, customers are more upset by failures that inconvenience them directly, such as dirty pumps, slippery floors, and dirty toilets.

To address this, Shell has partnered with Unilever through Domex for Deep Clean Week, a project to clean up Shell stations around the country, and the 1 Million Clean Toilets program, an advocacy that aims to raise awareness on the need for proper toilet sanitation and to help improve access to clean toilets. Domex wants to empower and inspire Filipinos to clean their own toilets with specialized cleaners in an effort to reduce the incidence of diseases that are related to lack of proper toilet sanitation.

“Deep Clean Week is about spotting areas of the station that are not part of the everyday cleaning cycle. Building on the enthusiasm from 2013, I am excited to launch this year’s Deep Clean Week. We’ve listened to your feedback from last year and have refreshed a number of our tools to make this year’s programme even more successful and truly impactful,” said Oying Yam, Vice President for Retail.

Shell, the global leader in power, energy, and gas technology, recognizes the need to provide clean and bright facilities to its customers. Beginning May 12, staff will visit a site and work alongside retailers to improve site cleanliness. Volunteers will assess three key areas in Shell facilities: Cleanliness; Condition/Maintenance (whether the site is suitably maintained); and Compliant to Shell brand standards.


Kids Ultimate Summer Experience at AMBAY

We’ve already had our share of beach fun last April but we just couldn’t miss Ambay Beach Resort’s first ever Kids Ultimate Summer Experience – a 3-day adventure filled with fun summer activities such as kite flying, beach art, kids’ yoga, beach games, and outdoor movies.  We were supposed to head to Botolan after Jade’s Trumpets Playshop class on May 2 but decided to accept an event invite from PLDT Home DSL.  We left home in the wee hours of Saturday to make the most of our weekend in Ambay.  Now I’m doing away with the narrative and letting these pictures tell you how much fun the kids had.

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What do you get when you give kids some paint, sand, flowers, leaves, pebbles, and shells? One-of-a-kind art pieces any mom would love to have!

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Little girl REALLY enjoyed her first ever obstacle race! This was all FUN FUN FUN!

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Kiddie version of paintball war! Ready, aim, fire!

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I never thought KIDS YOGA could be soooo entertaining. Kudos to Teacher Adie for capturing the kids’ attention and getting them to do the yoga poses. 😉

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Little ones JUST CHILLIN’ OUT in between activities

Weren’t those activities screaming FUN?! To up the fun factor,  there were also beach games for the entire family to play and movie night on the beach.  This was definitely a summer experience my kids and I will treasure.

Leaving you now with a few more pics!

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