Tuesday, July 30, 2013

2nd Laguna Blogging Summit: Social Revolutionists

The 2nd Laguna Blogging Summit 2013 will be this coming October 15 and 16 and will start at 8am to 5pm at the Cultural Center of Laguna which is located at the Municipality of Santa Cruz, the capital town of the province of Laguna under Governor Jeorge “ER” Ejercito.

This is the 2nd time Laguna will have this big event about Social Media and Digital Marketing which according to the organizers is to promote also the Tourism of Laguna and for Lagueno to become more educated and aware,  thus it bringings experts and notable speakers who are successful in their fields and advocating information.

Organizers and Speakers 1st major meeting at Gallileia Events Center and sponsored by 100 Miles Cafe

The theme this year is Social Revolutionist, a theme appropriate for what’s happening today. People are not only using Social Media to promote their products or services or just to hook up with their friends, they are also using it for political campaigns, advocacies and even finding a job. Social Media revolution is happening and we can see people gathering like-minded individuals to form a group with same beliefs and with the use of Social platforms like Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn and continuing it offline. There are so many professionals and advocacy groups right now who are formed from Facebook accounts and benefited from it. We are bringing these  experts to Laguna and we are hoping my fellow Lagueno will learn from them.”  According to Engr. Grace Bondad Nicolas, the lead organizer of this event.

100 Miles Cafe is located at For tPointe Building, 2nd Floor, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig.

More or less 700 attendees are expected to attend per day. Last year, total of 1500 participants which were composed of Students, Professors, bloggers and media practitioners enjoyed, experienced and became more aware about the advantage of Digital Marketing, Social Media and Branding.

 Galileia Events Place is located at Fort Pointe Building, 2nd Floor, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig.

“This year, we added a new set of speakers like Carlos Celdran who is the new Manila Chief of Tourism, we are expecting that he will share his knowledge, expertise and experience of the effectiveness of Social Media in Tourism and him being the man who won a lot of awards because of his advocacy.” Nicolas said.

This year, notable and famous speakers again are supporting the Laguna Blogging Summit, to name a few, they are Janette Toral, Alvin Cloyd Dakis, James Jimenez, Art Samaniego Jr, Randell Tiongson, Pocholo De Leon Gonzales, Lloyd Luna and Eyriche Cortez.

” There’s nothing more remarkable gesture these days than seeing collaborative efforts in flesh that made 1Labs possible. In a generation where Internet is no longer a source of pleasure but a source of information that can improve the lives of those who use it, such an event is commendable. 1Labs was a gathering of like-minded individuals whose passion for innovation is core and commitment to move the people closer to the wonder of technologies is evident.”– Motivational Blogger, Speaker, and Author Lloyd Luna of http://www.lloydluna.com

“1LABS was a blast! I learned so much from both the speakers and the participants, that I think this should be a model of social media engagement for other local governments to follow. To make a long story short,  I can’t wait for the next one!” –COMELEC Director James Jimenez

Organizers would like to thank the following sponsors and partners; Province of Laguna under Governor “ER” Ejercito, Governors Office, Chief of Staff Carlos F.Dolendo, Philippine Red Cross Assistant Secretary General Neil Andrew Nocon, Gardenia Bakers Philippines Inc., Air Asia, Commission on Elections, Café Lupe, 100 Miles Cafe, Cafe De Bonifacio, Oriang, Greenwich, Mac Carranz International Corp, Melbas Farm, Andrew Grace Home Builders, Casa Alegria Condotel, Galiliea Events Place, Zoomanity Group,  Kliping Times, socialscene.ph, wheninmanila.com, The Tribune Post, Wazzup Pilipinas, Blog-ph.com, Ronda Balita, Manila Channel, Magic Expose and Webby Thoughts.

For more information;
2nd Laguna Blogging Summit
Grace Bondad Nicolas – Lead Organizer
M: 09213191471

Greenwich Pizza and Laguna Blogging Summit

Whenever I go out, first thing in my mind is food. Perfect for this rainy season is hot, thin and crispy pizza from Greenwich. It's the Social Media Launch of the official website for the 2nd laguna Blogging Summit and perfect for this launch is a place at Philfirst Building along Ayala avenue at Makati. The organizers came with the support of the Philippine Red Cross and Zoomanity Group under Robert Laurel Yupangco, the event went well especially with the yummy and delicious smell of food from Greenwich Pizza.


Social Media Launch of labs.ph at Greenwich Pizza, Philfirst Building

Personnel from Greenwich Pizza were very accommodating, they asked us first our choice for drinks while they were preparing the conference room. For days actually, I am craving for their thin crust pizza, their PR sent the pictures through email and yes, I am tapped right away.
Today’s pizza lovers have become more discriminating in their choices. Their preferences have leveled up to include not just the right topping but the crust as well. While some prefer to munch on thick crust, others opt for the crispier thin crust for a more flavorful feast.

Pizza PR

Yummier and tastier crispy and thin crust pizza from Grennwich

The 2nd Laguna Blogging Summit officially started its Social Media campaign by launching its new website. All netizens or curious social revolutionist could now check the updates, speakers and sponsorship packages at "labsph.com" which is just newly constructed with the help of SEO strategist Mark Acksay.

The list of speakers are visible in front page and now everyone could have an advance free registration online. For this year, the 2nd Laguna Blogging Summit is expected to be bigger since the first one was a huge success and contributed to the huge influx of tourist to the province of Laguna.

Enjoying the taste of Greenwich Thin Crust Pizza to the max while having a meeting.

"The laguna blogging summit last year was a huge success judging from the no. of participants who attended. More importantly we were able to project a positive and progressive image for the province under the transformative leadership of gov "ER" ejercito - estregan. The social media event of the Year was able to help laguna increase tourism arrivals from 2.2 million in 2008 to 4.8 million in 2012. We hope to continue this partnership with 2labs and the social media community for a more progressive and vibrant "bagong laguna" ! Mabuhay ang 2Labs at Mabuhay ang Pilipinas !" According to former 2nd District Board Member of Laguna and now the new Philippine Red Cross Assistant Secretary General
Neil Andrew Nocon.

Craving for this thin crust pizza from Grennwich. Will surely have this delicious pizza again.

Greenwich Pizza restaurant at Philfirst Building along Ayala avenue at Makati sponsored the Social Media Launched and committed to support all #2LaBS meetings.

I am a pizza lover since I am like in gradeschool. I like thin crust oh well, less carbs for me since I am on diet. There are a few reasons why more and more people enjoy their pizzas served on a thinner crust. Pizza lovers prefer crispy thin crust because they can savor the flavor of the toppings more than on a bready thick crust.


We truly enjoyed our stay at Greenwich Pizza at Philfirst Building along Ayala Avenue makati. We will be back. With me here are from Zoomanity Group Sassy Punzalan and Jhoy Galas with Vibal Foundation Gelo Lopez

When the manager at Greenwich Pizza delivered the different flavors at the table, she said that it's tastier when it's hot so we dig in right away.

While there is clamor for crispy thin crusts, most thin crust pizzas today become soggy over a short period of time and some are even too oily, dampening the appetite of thin crust fans. The good news is that Greenwich, the country’s favorite pizza and pasta chain, unlocks the secret to enjoying thin crust pizza with yet another brand new treat. The new Greenwich Pizza Thins is the delightful latest addition to the Greenwich menu touted to tickle the taste buds of discriminating pizza lovers.

I published this article already to different newspapers.  Craving for this Thin Crust Pizza now:)

“We are constantly on the lookout on how we can satisfy the cravings of our customers,” shares Cel Javelosa, assistant brand manager for pizza. “The new Greenwich Pizza Thins is our answer to the requests of pizza enthusiasts who wish to savor our rich pizza toppings in a whole new way.”
In its official launch at R Space in Makati City, fun activities were prepared that that would play on each person’s senses, notably the sense of taste. Greenwich served its sumptuous crispy thin crust pizza for the guests to enjoy. And right from the first bite, guests discovered why Greenwich’s new offering is far better and more enticing compared to other thin crust pizzas available.

Super Thin and Crispy:)

For starters, Greenwich uses only the freshest and high quality ingredients to ensure consistency. Greenwich spent considerable time in its test kitchen to bring crispy thin crust making to perfection. It is not oily and remains crispy from first to the last bite.

Complementing the freshly made crust is Greenwich’s signature toppings that have been the talk of the town. The new Pizza Thins has the combination of premium toppings, 3 types of cheeses on crispier and tastier crust. Rich, flavorful and never short in serving, these toppings make Greenwich the preferred choice by pizza lovers of all ages. Discover your favorite Greenwich Pizza Thins available in Signature Special, Hawaiian, Pepperoni and All Meat starting at a P189 for double size pizza.

Bringing the Greenwich Pizza Thins to life is the new wave of Greenwich barkada who were also formally introduced during the launch. They are sought-after radio jock and TV personality Andi Manzano, popular radio DJ and host Gino Quillamor, and model turned entrepreneur Marco Lobregat. Greenwich main man John Lloyd Cruz was also on hand to complete the new barkada who epitomize the fun-loving nature of the Greenwich brand.

Hot and Yummy!

With a new and better thin crust in the offing, Greenwich is sure to whet the appetite of pizza lovers anew. There’s now another good reason to savor the country’s favorite pizza and discover why more and more Filipinos get their pizza satisfaction only with Greenwich.

Discover a new flavorful pizza experience with Greenwich Pizza Thins. Available in 4 delicious variants: Signature Special, Hawaiian, Pepperoni and All Meat starting at P189 for a double size pizza.

When in Manila or wherever we are, we will always craving for this thin crust pizza from Greenwich. we are very thankful that they support the 2nd Laguna Blogging Summit.

Organizers would like to thank the following sponsors and partners; Province of Laguna under Governor "ER" Ejercito, Governors Office, Chief of Staff Carlos F. Dolendo, Philippine Red Cross Assistant Secretary General Neil Andrew Nocon, Gardenia Bakers Philippines Inc., Air Asia, Commission on Elections, Café Lupe, 100 Miles Cafe, Cafe De Bonifacio, Oriang, Greenwich, Mac Carranz International Corp, Melbas Farm, Andrew Grace Home Builders, Casa Alegria Condotel, Galiliea Events Place, Zoomanity Group, Kliping Times, socialscene.ph, wheninmanila.com, The Tribune Post, WazzupPilipinas.com, Blog-ph.com, Ronda Balita, Manila Channel and Magic Expose.

For more information about the 2nd Laguna Blogging Summit, please contact the lead organizer, Miss Grace Bondad Nicolas, at mobile number 09213191471. You may also e-mail her at gracenicolas@yahoo.com.

Greenwich Pizza Thins: So Meaty. So Cheesy. So Crispy.
Cookie Cabrera

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

A day with Andria at Sofitel

 I always like to stay at nice hotels. I just love hotels especially those posh, elegant and with an array of delicious food at the buffet. Well, I am thankful with my parents that they gave me a nice education and the will to succeed. Being at different posh hotels like Manila Hotel, Manila Peninsula and Sofitel gave me something to look forward too, to earn more, everything has cost, to dine at these elegant hotels is definitely not cheap. 

 It's July 2 and Pasig day, my kid Andria doesn't have class and perfect for a day of buffet lunch at Sofitel. Sofitel is the only French luxury hotel brand with a presence on five continents with 130 addresses, in more than 50 countries. Sofitel offers contemporary hotels and resorts adapted to today’s more demanding and more versatile consumers who expect and appreciate beauty, quality and excellence. Whether situated in the heart of a major city like Paris, London, New York or Beijing, or nestled away in a country landscape in Morocco, Egypt, Fiji Islands or Thailand, each Sofitel property offers a genuine experience of the French “art de vivre”.

Tour de France
At the Spiral, Andria and I met with fellow writers from the city. There, an exciting array of specialties was prepared under the creative hands of Sofitel’s Regional Chef for Asia Pacific and Sofitel Philippine Plaza’s Executive Chef, Eric Costille. Sofitel prepares different French specialties each week to experience the different regions with Tour de France at Spiral. Tour de France is the most famous and historical cycling competition in the world. I am excited because it's my first time at Spiral.

French Chefs Cecile and Eric - low res

French Chefs; Cecile and Eric

Bridgette Bardot
 Sofitel is celebrating July as French month. They pay tribute to the best of the best from France and one of them is Brigitte Bardot. Brigitte Anne-Marie Bardot is a French former actress, singer and fashion model, now an animal rights activist. She was one of the best known sex symbols of the 1950s and '60s. Starting in 1969, Bardot's features became the official face of Marianne (who had previously been anonymous) to represent the liberty of France. Andria and me received a magazine from Sofitel featuring a young Bridgitte at the height of her popularity. A very nice souvenir and just right to know her more under Sofitel, a stature of beauty and class.

"Andria was so thrilled and enjoyed the different delicious food from the buffet. Sofitels array of food is huge and when you're there, you don't know where to start. It's food porn and gastronomic ride. The lunch at Spiral, we both will never forget and planning to have the membership, it's not only affordable but worth every cents. Sofitel is the only 5 star hotel in the Philippines."

Pan-fried scallop with leek Mussel Mariniere
Pan- fried scallop with leek mussel mariniere

Spiral Menu according to regions and dates to be served.
Nice, 1- 7th July
Périgord, 8th- 14th July
Brittany, 15th – 21st July
Savoy, 22th – 28th July

Nice – July 1st ~ 7th
Nicoise salad
Onion pissaladiere
Chick pea socca
Stuffed vegetable
Pistou vegetable soup
Vegetable “Tian”
Cod fish aioli
Nice style tripe stew
Tropezienne tart

Savory buckwheat crepe

Savory buckwheat crepe

Périgord – July 8th – 14th
Perigord salad
Baked egg perigourdine
Garbure soup
Duck confit cassoulet
Pan-fried duck magret with apples
Salardais style potato with truffle
Sautéed porcini with truffle
Pan-fried beef Bordelaise
Dacquoise cake

Lamb chops with roasted eggplant

Lamb chops with roasted eggplant

Brittany - July 15th – 21th
Artichoke and green bean salad
Savory buckwheat crepe
Pan-fried scallop with leek
Lobster bisque soup
Mussel mariniere
Baked whole fish sea salt crust
Seafood gratin with Muscadet wine
Pan-fried salmon, spinach beurre blanc
Breton butter cake

Savoy- July 22th – 28th
Red cabbage and apple salad
Peasant lentil soup
Snails red wine sauce
Quiche Lorraine
Savoyard pork and vegetable stew
Mushroom cream chicken fricassee
Potato reblochon cheese gratin
Garden vegetable fricassee
Cherry clafoutis tart

When In Manila, just get reservations and for inquiries, please call (632) 832.6988 and (632) 551.5555 ext. 6988, or email fbreservations@sofitelmanila.com, facebook  : spiral manila and www.spiralmanila.com.

Sofitel, World Class Hotels & French Elegance

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Tel + 63 2 551 5555 loc. 1935
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 Tour de France at Spiral