Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Melba's Farm in Talisay City, Negros Occidental

Welcome to Melba's Farm, a relaxing 10 hectares rainforest park in the heart of Barangay Cabatangan, Sitio Masanglad, Talisay City, Negros Occidental.

Alvin Carranza, the owner of this paradise on top of the hill made sure that it will be your home away from the city and designed it with an Asian Tropical architecture with an infinity pool and eye catching kugon pavilion with fruit bearing trees like Lansones, Marang, Coconut, Papaya & Durian among others. The facility is highly recommended for retreat, company outing or just a mere relaxation for the family who likes to breathe fresh air, have some coconut or just do nothing and practice the art of admiring the virgin forest around overlooking the lights in the city at night while having a majestic swim. 

Right now only 2 hectares is developed but planning to continue the expansion this summer for the construction. Plan is to develop it to an Eco Tourism park and same time since Mr. Carranza is the team manager of the future in football which is Teen Azkals, he likes to provide this place as the training ground for grassroots.

The plan also is to promote the whole tourist attraction around the city like the Negros Museum or Negros Forest and a Ecological Foundation, Inc to help for the awareness to save the environment before it's too late.  He added also that he likes to have a school here that will focus on environment awareness. He added also that the development is continually to make it more Eco friendly to visitors.

Cost is also affordable when plan to stay at Melba’s Farm.  Details below;

Accommodation: Check In: 2pm/ Check Out: 12 noon
Pick up & Drop off from Farmville: 100/pax Granada (Maximum of 4 persons). 150/pax Bacolod- Melba’s Farm Office: 200/pax Airport: 300/pax.
Free: Welcome Drinks (Fresh Buco Juice), Entrance- Use of Swimming Pool.
Lauan Family Villa: Php 2,800.00 (6pax)- 1 Matrimonial & 2 single beds, Cable TV, Hot & Cold Shower, Bath Tub, Wireless telephone & Internet Access.

Mahogany Villa: 1 Matrimonial, Cable TV, Hot & Cold Shower and Wireless telephone.
Extra Person/ Bed- 500/pax
Extra Breakfast/ Melas- 250/pax
Buco Energy Drink- 48
Transport Services- 4x4 (4 Seater)
Day Tour (Lunch)- 300/pax “Set Meal”
Mirienda/Snacks- 150/pax

Entrance: Adult- 100/pax, Kids- 50/pax
Swimming Pool: Adult- 200/pax, Kids- 100/pax

Function Area for your corporate meetings, team building, seminars, casual get together etc
Coco Grove Functions (Outdoor) Php 1,500.00 for 4 hours use: Inclusive of 5 Tables and 30 Chairs. Optional- Clubhouse Php 1,500.00 for 4 hours use: inclusive of 5 Tables and 30 Chairs. Catering Service Available upon request.


On July 26, 2014, media from Calabarzon, Manila and Negros Occidental were gathered together at Melba’s Farm for a Press Conference and to experience the life when you are inside the forest. 

Media from Philippine News Agency 4A, Remate, The Tribune Post, Suns Star, Negros Daily Bulletin, Panay News and Watchmen

Melba's Farm advocacy is to Conserve, Preserve & Protect the environment. It was developed with the existence of difference species of planted Forest and fruit trees together with the highly regarded naturally grown endemic trees that provides unique atmosphere for an ecotourism project area.

Melba's Farm in Talisay City, Negros Occidental
M: 09213191471

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Powered by You: Yahoo Celebrity Awards 2014 Big Winners (Behind the Scenes) by Katrina Capili

Star gazing in the city with designers clothes, fancy eyelashes, sexy famous kittens & hunk bods with uber talents and tons of performances powered by the fans, the Yahoo Celebrity Awards 2014 just made thousands of fans shout with their lungs out as they saw their awesome idols walk in the purple carpet on July 18, 2014 at SM Arena and not to mention that the entrance is free. That's the way to do it under Yahoo to give thanks to the most powerful people in the industry, you. 

With over 17.5 million votes, combined from online and Kakao votes this year, we’ve seen the power of the internet and that's why the Philippines is the social networking capital of the world, Pinoy fans’ power at its best. 

The gates opened at the Yahoo Celebrity Awards Friday, July 18, 2014, welcoming eager fans who voted for their favorite stars for six weeks. 

Maxene Magalona, hosted the night with Robie Domingo poses for photographers at the Yahoo Celebrity Awards purple carpet Friday, July 18, 2014 and the first celebrities who came. 

Star gazing at the purple carpet walk

The talented Maxene Magalona, hosted the night. 

Robie Domingo

Robie Domingo and The Tribune Post correspondent Andria Terese Nicolas during the purple carpet photo ops.

According to Andria Terese Nicolas of The Tribune Post, "I'm very happy to see the stars and they are well deserved to have that awards."

Performances from Maja Salvador, Vhong Navarro, Gary Valenciano, GMA 7’s Elmo Magalona, awesome band Spongecola to Bamboo and Sarah Geronimo were spectacular and rocked the house with full of thousands of screaming fans. 

Andrea Brillantes of Analiza fame was hailed Celebrity Child Star and very cute in her baby doll yellow dress.

Andrea Brillantes

Andrea Brillantes of Analiza fame was hailed Celebrity Child Star 

Male and Female TV Hosts winners Vhong Navarro and Kris Aquino were fashionably late and yet still awed the audience with their oozing charisma, Kris Aquino, gorgeous in black, personally thanked her fans for all the votes, some 258,076 online and Kakao Talk votes she garnered. 

FM Radio Station of the Year is 90.7 Love Radio. The radio station got 196k votes. 

News Program of the Year - “TV Patrol” remains undisputed in the News of the Year category. They got 173,925 votes this year.

The best and interesting to all categories is the Celebrity Family - The Padilla family is the first to win this new category. About 238,905 favored them. The Padilla Family surprised the fans for the attendance of Rommel Padilla, Robin Padilla, Mariel Padilla & The former Rustum Padilla now BB Gandanghari.

Actors; Robin Padilla and BB Gandanghari

Proud daddy of Daniel Padilla is Rommel Padilla with Robin Padilla

The former handsome Rustum Padilla now the pretty BB Gandanghari

Male Emerging Star - JC De Vera wins this year’s Male Emerging Star category with 163,230 votes. 

JC De Vera during the purple carpet walk

JC De Vera at the back stage after receiving his award

JC De Vera happily showed his award to the press

JC De Vera with The Tribune Post Columnist Grace Bondad Nicolas

Female Emerging Star - Julia Barretto won this year’s Female Emerging Star with 204,708 votes. 

Male Kontrabida- Jake Cuenca is the first recipient of the Male Kontrabida trophy. He’s a runaway winner with 137,068 votes. Jake handsomely answered all questions from the media after he received the trophy and telling everyone that he is just doing what he loves doing which is acting. 

Jake Cuenca at the back stage after he received his award as the most villain of all villain (Male Kontravida)

The very sexy and head turner for that night, Female Kontrabida - Jennylyn Mercado is Yahoo Celebrity Awards’ first Female Kontrabida. She won with 399,369 votes. 

Jennylyn Mercado

Jennylyn Mercado and proud for being Kontrabida

Love Team of the Year - The onscreen team-up of Vice Ganda and Karylle emerged Love Team of the Year. Their fans pulled in 391,300 votes to ensure their victory. 


Kim Chiu and Xian Lim’s love team is currently the most awarded with two wins (2012 and 2013).

Fan Club of the Year - KimXi’s fan base reclaims its title as Fan Club of the Year with 578,015 votes. KimXi first won in 2012. 

Kim Chiu

Kim Chiu after she received her awards

Xian Lim

Teleserye of the Year - “Ikaw Lamang” got the most number of votes—704,038—in the Teleserye of the Year category. “Ina Kapatid Anak” won last year when the category was first introduced. Interestingly, both series star Kim Chiu.
News Program of the Year - “TV Patrol” remains undisputed in the News of the Year category. They got 173,925 votes this year.

Movie of the Year - Star Cinema's “Bride for Rent” won Movie of the Year with 630,061 votes. The rom-com blockbuster stars Kim Chiu and Xian Lim. 

Emerging Band - Yolanda Moon is the first winner in the Emerging Band category. They were voted 67,183 times.

Song of the Year - Julie Anne’s San Jose’s “Bakit Ngayon” was hailed Song of the Year with 280,784 votes.

FM Radio Station of the Year - 90.7 Love Radio is Yahoo Celebrity Awards’ FM Radio Station of the Year. Love Radio’s 196,407 votes ended Brgy. LS FM’s two-year dominance (2012 and 2013) in the category.

Male DJ - Papa Jack remains undisputed in the Male DJ category—winning for 3 consecutive years now. He got 183,822 votes this year.
Female DJ - MOR 101.9’s DJ Chacha ended Nicole Hyala’s two-year dominance with 314,809 votes.

DJ Cha Cha (Center)

Male Hothlete - No other than the brothers Jeron and Jeric Teng won Male Hothlete of the Year. The brothers gained 98,918 votes. 

Jeron, Jeric Teng and Friends

Jeron and Jeric Teng at the purple carpet

Female Hothlete  is no other than from Ateneo, Gretchen Ho who is the first recipient of Female Hothlete of the Year trophy and got 116,021 votes.

Gretchen Ho

Male Performer - “The Voice” coach Bamboo was hailed Male Performer of the Year with 343,009 votes. 


Super Rockstar Bamboo during at the backstage after he received his award for Male Performer 2014

Female Performer - With 536,921 votes, Sarah Geronimo reclaims the title after a very close fight with Julie Anne San Jose. 

Slim and with a powerful voice Sarah Geronimo

Band of the Year - Parokya ni Edgar’s 143,105 votes did the trick again this year. Chito Miranda’s band is a three-time winner in the said category (2011, 2012 and 2014) and fresh from his brouhaha from his YouTube popularity, answered all questions from the media about the love of his life and how pressured he was for the successful proposal he did, he jokingly answered the press about the questions about this. Oh! Google. 

Chito Miranda of Parokya Ni Edgar

Overall, it's about the fans and Yahoo did it again this time, giving happiness to the most powerful people in the industry, you. 


Powered by You: Yahoo Celebrity Awards 2014 Big Winners 

July 18, 2014

SM MOA Arena