Day 120/365: Grooming Day @ Essensuals Toni and Guy

Day 120/365: Grooming Day @ Essensuals Toni and Guy

April 30, 2011

I am a Hair Salon hopper and the longest hair salon I kept my loyalty with is Studio 546 in 5F Shanrila Plaza Mall, Mandaluyong City. I consider Studio 546 as my “home” salon enjoying the loyalty discount and the celebrity rumors from my favorite stylist Je-Ho. The most expensive hair cut probably I had was here in the Philippines, somewhere in Greenhills, it sounds Japanese and I paid for 3,500 Pesos just for a haircut! He was a Japanese Stylist claimed to be expert in New York and why are they so expensive? He got this Japanese way of hair washing which is really relaxing and unique. It is similar to a head massage while shampooing your hair and it really feels good. Anyway, my grooming day depends on my moods and where I am on that day when I thought of a hair cut. Most often, I am preparing for an activity or gathering like work, party, reunions, or just the feel-good day.

My first try of Essensuals was in Trinoma and I had their Senior Stylist direct from New York City. It was like an interview-grooming day session for I have missed traveling to New York and I want to find out his Hair Art Styling goals for the Pinoys and Pinays. It was my first time to be introduced to how Essensual work as a company, what kind of trainings he did and his plans for the Philippines franchise, and how we Filipinos can be a hair style mecca of Asia .. Wow! I am definitely impressed. Kudos to you and still I kept my grooming day with Essensual in MegaMall Atrium.

Location: SM Megamall Atrium,Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Telephone No: (632) 470-1806

Day 120/365: It's Grooming Time @ Toni and Guy Salon

About Essensuals:

Essensuals hairdressing was founded by the managing director of TONI&GUY, Toni Mascolo, who recognised that there was a unique opportunity within the hairdressing market for quality hairdressing at a competitive price. The essensuals operations programme is based on the tried and tested formulas of the highly-effective TONI&GUY training systems, brand development and marketing of the TONI&GUY hair products. Toni Mascolo was the mastermind behind the TONI&GUY international franchise programme and has a crystal clear comprehension of the essential elements required to create a successful salon business. The combination of his experience and vision for success has enabled him to design a unique franchise system for essensuals based on a proven track record. Toni, along with son Christian continue to have a hands-on approach to the franchise programme as a whole. The Mascolos inspect potential sites and are closely involved with all stages of a salon’s business development from lease negotiations, and the writing of business plans right through to opening and dayto- day running of the salons. All directors meet monthly with key people such as the essensuals General Manager and PR department to ensure they are kept fully in the picture, on all aspects of the company. Toni has a tight management network around him so that communication and efficiency runs at optimum level throughout the group.

The Mission is to offer expert hairdressing from highly skilled stylists in a relaxed and friendly environment. To create easy-maintenance styles and up-to-the-minute colour techniques to suit the individual and their lifestyle, whilst advising on easy-maintenance between salon visits. The Concept essensuals , being closely related to the TONI&GUY salon group, uses all the resources and experience of its mother company, yet maintains and promotes its own unique image and identity. The Philosophy To provide clients with ‘life’s essentials, superb haircuts, beautiful haircolour, nail and beauty solutions in a relaxed, fashionable, yet welcoming environment.’

Essensuals Services:

Essensuals hairdressing is the next generation of award winning salons from the TONI&GUY group. Offering expert advice on hairdressing in a relaxed and friendly environment, essensuals stylists are highly skilled in creating easy-maintenance styles to suit the individual. Our creative team is dedicated to interpreting catwalk inspired trends into wearable and commercial styles that fit the client and their lifestyle. essensuals believe that a client should be able to completely relax and enjoy their salon experience in the knowledge that they are in the hands of highly trained stylists with the benefit of having trained through the TONI&GUY education programme. Essensuals stylists create styles to suit clients personality and lifestyle as well as educating each client in perfect style maintenance between salon visits.

Beauty essensuals: Beauty offers clients the total concept in beauty therapy. The salons are designed to offer the ultimate in relaxation and the trained therapists provide an extensive range of treatments. These include skincare, eyecare, waxing, bodycare and nailcare and safe tanning alternatives. essensuals work closely with leading beauty company to ensure that each client receives individual attention and a personal beauty programme.

Make-up essensuals: philosophy is to create a unique image for their clients by providing them with their perfect life essentials. A great choice in cosmetics is crucial to the total image of the client.

Bridal essensuals: believes in providing every possible service to its clients. This includes a comprehensive Bridal Service. Brides-to-be are given a bridal consultation and receive advice on pre-wedding haircare and on styles that are applicable for their wedding day. Polaroid pictures are supplied with hairstyle trials. Advice is also available on makeup and skincare. essensuals regularly style hair on Bridal magazine front covers.

Day 119/365: Oishi Sponge Crunch and Menshealth

Day 119/365: Oishi Sponge Crunch and Menshealth

April 29. 2011

I am not a junk food foodie, but this is one of the snack food which I cant help myself to finish the moment I sit down reading my favorite magazine Menshealth. Weird? Yeah, it doesn’t jive Healthy and Junk Food? I am probably a sweet tooth person and loves chocolates, and why Oishi Sponge? Its crunchy on the outside and will melt on your mouth! It’s Yummy! So while reading some informative sections in Menshealth, try to skip the Foods and Diets for the meantime and just check on the pages that tells you how to lose weight, do your routinary exercises, new work-out techniques, and what are the testosterone booster! Yeah Chocolate is one of those 🙂 I am a Modern Alpha Male!

Day 119/365: Oishi Sponge Crunch Snack and Menshealth

About Oishi Sponge Crunch:

Product Name: Oishi Consume Crunch Choco Soaked Snack
Type of Product: Choco Soaked Snack
Flavor: Choco
Net Weight: thirty grams( 1.06 oz)
Date of Purchase: Sep 9, 2008
Ingredients: Sugar, Palm oil, Corn, Cocoa powder, Milk Powder, rice Potato Starch, Anhydrous Milk fat, Soy lecithin, Iodized salt, ( salt with Potassium Iodide), as well as synthetic Season( Vanilla), Contains: Milk as well as Soy
Manufacturer: Liwayway Marketing Corporation – Km . twenty-three Aguinaldo Hi-way, Anabu 1, Imus, Cavite, Philippines

About MensHealth:


Target Market: Performance-driven 25-to-45-year-old men who are passionate about improving the physical, mental and emotional aspects of their lives
Circulation: 24,000-28,000
Pass-on Readership: 7
Total Monthly Readership: 192,000-224,000
Distribution: Bookstores, magazine shops, convenience stores
Cover Price: P140
Frequency: 12x a year
Size: 8.5 x 11 inches

Editorial Mission

Men’s Health is the ultimate guide for men who want to live their best life.

Men’s Health is a down-to-earth, how-to lifestyle magazine for performance-driven men who see life as a continuous school for learning how to maximize their own potential.

Men’s Health is the number one source for information for and about men. It’s a magazine for the active, successful, professional men who want greater control over their physical, mental and emotional lives. We give men the tools they need to make their lives better.

Every tip, phrase, sentence and article is relevant, credible, realistic and motivational. The magazine is well-rounded in the local context—by using Filipino talents and references. Its content is backed up by extensive research from both local and foreign resources. The magazine’s tips and workouts are doable—even with a working man’s busy schedule. Finally, Men’s Health inspires its readers to make a positive change not only for their own benefits, but for their loved ones and associates as well.

With an international network of over 40 international editions published in nearly 50 countries, Men’s Health is the largest men’s lifestyle magazine in the world. Our global readership of over 20 million has positioned Men’s Health as an authority in the men’s lifestyle magazine category, effectively reaching a performance-driven reader by giving him the tools he needs to make his life better, no matter where he lives.

Target Market

Men’s Health readers are men in their prime, and are passionate about improving the physical, mental, and emotional aspects of their lives.

The Men’s Health Man is a modern alpha male.
He is a natural leader and influencer. He often finds himself in a leadership position and he influences his peers on issues regarding health, fitness, sports and style.

81% say their friends often ask them for advice on health and nutritional issues
97% say that being healthy is their number one concern
89% like trying new workouts/sports/activities/food
90% are willing to pay a premium when it comes to their health
87% say that having a balanced life is important to them

The Men’s Health Man is driven and ambitious.
He is successful in his chosen field—whether in the board room or at the track. He is a corporate/business leader, a voice to be reckoned with and a loving partner—all rolled into one.

91% want to be successful in their career
64% are saving up for future plans/needs
63% want to set up their own business
55% want to buy their own house

The Men’s Health Man is style-conscious.
He is a trendsetter. He would pay more for products consistent to the image he wants to convey.

72% bought branded apparel and personal care products in the past six months


He admires women who are feminine but at the same time intelligent and independent.
93% say that magazines are their primary source of health and wellness information
96% say that ads in MH provide useful information
96% trust the ads that appear in MH
92% actually use the products/samples inserted in the magazine
89% say that ads don’t get in the way of their enjoyment of the magazine (they are not intrusive)

Sources: 2009 UAI Nielsen Survey and 2010 Men’s Health Readers’ Survey

Day 118/365: Men’s Swimwear Guide

Day 118/365: Men's Swimwear Guide

April 28, 2011

Looking for the best swimwear that fits you? Let us do some checklist first on why and what;

Why wear the swimwear and What activity?

Swimming Lesson or Pool Lapping, then you probably need to follow the swimming pool rules and regulation of proper swimming attire like:

The bikini or popularly known as the Speedos or Arena – Although this style usually makes guys cringe, women love bikinis!. It is tightly fitted bottom in Lycra and usually there isn’t much coverage with bikinis, but there is quite alot of support. The elasticity is most concentrated in the fabric to support the crotch and butt area. Most speedos have high concentration of polyester, which is fine, but Lycra is a new spandex like material that can really stretch. It has a high cut brief style with differentiates from any other swim trunks. This is normally worn by athletes because it permits maximum flexibility for the lower body. For example, wearing a Speedo mens swimsuit allows you to perform full leg kicks without any intrusion with the swimsuit. For this reason male Olympic swimmers and divers wear only Speedos or Arena. Also, Men who look best in Speedos are athletic, or in shape. Don’t be afraid to show off that hot bod! Remember, women love Speedos. Also, you dont need to worry of the tan lines, it perfectly put some tan which makes women giggles with oohs and aaahs.

If you are conservative and too classic to show off some skin, the square cut shorts are the right fit for you. This is a fitted and elastic like the speedo, except the shorts offer support around the upper thighs and hips. They are slightly fitted to accentuate your butt. The shorts can vary in length to suit desired activities. If you’ve ever worn bike shorts, they are similar. They are good choice for triathalons, because they are suitable for swimming, biking and running. Look for swimsuits with Lycra, the fabric is much more versatile than polyester.

Day 118/365: Swimwear Guide for Men

Swimming Party and Pool Resorts:

Unless you wanted to show some skins then wear the bikinis, or you intend to inspire all the women and be a stand out sexy guy then be a star, but please be reminded that it’s not a ramp show okay?

You can probably wear the swimwear boxers and they are the most comfortable men’s swimsuit. The shorts are fitted like boxer underwear and the length reaches mid thigh. The inner construction of the boxer swimsuit has a built in mesh brief, for the support men need. Every body type looks great in this style. It offers coverage for the buttocks, the thighs and of course the private area. Most boxers have drawstring ties at the waist, making this a custom fit for all guys. It is important to get a boxer short that has elastic too tight around the waist. Effects of tight elastics can cause flabby stomachs to look rounder and bigger. So make sure the shorts are loosely fitted and you can tie the drawstring at the waist.


This is the easy part, but most often in the Philippines, you can see men in their basketball jersey short or the sleeping boxer shorts! Yay! Could be a Ball League? with their running shorts or trying to be overly athletic? The best fit for this activity is the Board Shorts!

Board shorts, also known as surfer’s trunks are so far the most popular men’s swimsuit amongst teenagers and young men. The look is truly a Californian surfer’s garment. The shorts are long and baggy, reaching the knees or further. Usually board shorts have side pockets. This swimsuit has the most coverage and they do have separate netting inside like a mesh brief for support. Men who look best in board shorts are slim, or slightly built. Anyone who’s out of shape should avoid these baggy short, they’ll accentuate the stomach area. Since the shorts are long and slimming, anything above it will look curvier than normal. I would suggest a boxer swimsuit.

Again, check out why and what first, otherwise you might be a laughing stock of the crowd while they were singing “Under the Sea”! Peace!

Day 117/365: Steps to Improve your Biceps

Day 117/365: Steps to Improve your Biceps

April 27, 2011

Don’t just sit there and make your tummy and arms droop with unwanted fats. Go pick up some dumb bells and burn some calories! For guys, a nice biceps rules! most for wearing polo shirts and casual T-Shirts.

Here’s how;

Our goal is to increase the muscular size or tone of your arms by developing your biceps, which are among the major muscle groups of the arms. This requires that you perform high volume weight training workouts, using exercises that effectively target specific muscles. According to experts, the biceps brachii muscle performs elbow flexion, which means it bends your elbow joint. Therefore, exercises that effectively develop your biceps will require you to bend your elbows against resistance.

Step 1 : Perform a biceps weight training workout two days per week. Because your workouts will consist of numerous exercises completed at high volume, take 72 hours of rest in between sessions for your biceps to fully recover and heal. For example, you could workout on Mondays and Thursdays or Tuesdays and Fridays.
Step 2 : Complete each bicep exercise at a volume of three to five sets between eight and 20 repetitions each. This would be an adequate volume to stimulate muscle growth, according to Lee E. Brown, a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Rest one to three minutes in between each set and exercise.
Step 3
Complete dumbbell bicep curl. Stand with feet shoulder width apart and hold a dumbbell in each hand by your side with palms facing forward. Keep your elbows into your torso as you bend your elbows, bringing the dumbbells up toward your shoulders. Control the dumbbells back down to starting position.
Step 4 Perform dumbbell hammer curls. Hammer curls are done similarly to dumbbell bicep curls, but your palms face each other and remain that way throughout the movement instead of them facing forward.
Step 5 Complete dumbbell concentration curls. Sit on a bench or chair with your feet spread apart. You will train one arm at a time. Bend over slightly at the waist and place the elbow of the arm you’re working inside your thigh of the same side. Allow the dumbbell to hang down toward the floor. Bend your elbow, bringing the dumbbell up to your shoulder and then control the weight back to starting position. Complete all assigned repetitions in a set before switching to the other arm.
Step 6 Perform dumbbell incline bicep curls. Sit on an incline bench and relax back to a 45-degree angle. Hold a dumbbell in each hand and allow the dumbbells to hang directly down toward the floor with your palms facing forward. Bend your elbows to bring the dumbbells toward your shoulders.

Day 117/365: Bicep Exercise Routine

Tips and Warnings

Use an appropriate amount of weight for each bicep exercise. You should become fatigued within the range of eight to 20 repetitions. Make adjustments as necessary.Do not jerk or use your body while completing the exercises in an attempt to lift a greater amount of weight. Swinging back during bicep curls places unnecessary stress on your lower back.

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Day 116/365: Hiking Wannabee!

Day 116/365: Hiking Wannabee!

April 26, 2011

Whenever friends and family invites me to go hiking and mountaineering,I keep on telling them that I am just a “beach boy” and I got only my trunks and beach shorts. It’s just an excuse though for I really wanted to but probably need a lot of preparation and conviction to walk long, trek, hike, and spend a day in the mountains without the comfort of my room bed and bath.

I have a few hiking experience though, but trekking? none yet. The difference?

Hiking Trekking
Equipment: Depends on the weather, day or over-night hiking. Shoes applicable to the hiking terrain, water, compass, sometimes a hiking pole. Backpack with survival kit, food and medicine for overnight hiking. Survival kit, camping gear, boots, compass, clothing applicable to changes in temperature especially if in mountainous areas.
Overview: An outdoor activity of walking in natural environments often on pre charted paths called hiking trails. A long journey on non-designated paths which could last several days and could be challenging. It is more intense and energetic than hiking.
Worldwide differences: Hiking is called by different names around the world: tramping in New Zealand, bush-walking in Australia, trekking in Nepal. Trekking is also known as backpacking but should not be confused with mountaineering
Holidays: Day hiking or walking holidays are popular in Europe, New Zealand, Chile, Costa Rica, Hawaii and North America. Trekking is popular in the Himalayan foothills in Nepal, India and Bhutan. The Andes in South America is also popular trekking Mecca.
Environmental impact: Hikers over many years in an area can destroy the natural environment they walk in through wood gathering, fires, fecal matter, leaving non-biodegradable matter. As treks take longer than hikes, the environmental impact can be greater.
Locations: Usually in beautiful natural environments, nature trails, hills. In areas where there is no means of transport and areas of great natural beauty. Usually in mountainous areas.

Day 116/365: HIking Wannabee

So I believe I have tried some hiking. I was able to hike the Seven Falls of Mambukal in Bacolod City, Philippines, Palaui Island in Sta Ana, Cagayan, Philippines, Boracay Island? not sure if its included but we had an almost 3 hours walk hiking some of the places there, Is Great Wall China in Beijing included? but its a long walk!, Snowqualmine Falls in Seattle, Washington USA, Lake Tahoe, California (so beautiful!), Anawangin Zambales Philippines, Karnataka Hills, Bangalore India. And yes, it is a must to see more places here in the Philippines and the rest of the world.

Day 115/365: The Bonifacio Global City & Ortigas Center as of 2011

Day 115/365: The Bonifacio Global City & Ortigas Center as of 2011

April 25, 2011

Let us make history by taking photos of the current buildings and huge lands that soon to be a a concrete jungle in the Philippines. Today, I am sharing the Bonifacio Global City view from the Pioneer St, Mandaluyong area with Pasig River and Makati University. Also, I am adding the Ortigas Business Center view without the Greenfield City yet.

About Ortigas Center:

The second largest commercial business district in Metro Manila, Philippines. The Ortigas Center is sitting in 3 major cities – Quezon City, Mandaluyong, and Pasig City. The stretch of Julia Vargas St divides the Center into two cities – Pasig and Mandaluyong, while the Meralco Ave and San Miguel Ave divides the city from Pasig, Mandaluyong and Quezon City.

Day 115/365: Manila: The Next Asia's Concrete Jungle

The Beginning

The Hacienda de Mandaloyon originally formed part of the estate holdings of the Augustinian Order. The property covered an area of 4,033 hectares.

On January 20, 1920, the Augustinian Fathers sold this property to Dr. Frank W. Dudley and Don Francisco Ortigas. Dr. Dudley later surrendered his interest to Phil C. Whitaker, and the company became known as Whitaker and Ortigas.

In the following years, there were several changes of partners. Then, on July 10, 1931, the company was incorporated “Ortigas, Madrigal y cia., S. en C.” as a limited partnership by shares (sociedad comanditaria por acciones). The parties to the partnership were Francisco Ortigas (Don Paco), Vicente Madrigal, B.C.M. Johnston, Fulgencio Borromeo, Clyde A. Dewitt and Manuel L. Quezon. All the incorporators, except Quezon, who was President of the Philippine Senate at that time, were constituted as managing and general partners (socios gerentes colectivos) while the other shareholders were designated limited partners (socios comanditarios).

The objective of the partnership was to acquire the Hacienda de Mandaloyon, which spanned the municipalities that are now known as Mandaluyong, San Juan, Pasig & Quezon City. The Estate was to be disposed of either in large tracts or developed subdivided lots.

In 1956, Vicente Madrigal withdrew from the partnership and the partnership’s name was correspondingly amended to “Ortigas & Company, Limited Partnership.”

In 1985, the Ramirez and Lanuza groups of general and limited partners who held 42% of the entire partnership’s equity also withdrew from the partnership.

The Mandaluyon Estate

When Ortigas & Company took over management of the estate, it was a virtual wasteland. It was the vision of the management team, headed by Atty. Francisco Ortigas, Jr., who was President and Chairman at that time that transformed this wasteland into a progressive industrial, commercial, and residential urban complex.

Where wild grass used to grow now stands the following:

… residential subdivisions (Barranca, Capitol, Wack-Wack, Greenhills, Valle Verde, Greenmeadows)
… shopping complexes (Greenhills Shopping Center, Tiendesitas at Frontera Verde, SM Megamall, Robinson’s Galleria, EDSA Shangri-La Plaza)
… hospitals (The New Medical City, Rizal Provincial Hospital, Cardinal Santos Medical Center)
… schools (De La Salle – Greenhills, Xavier School, Immaculate Conception Academy, Lourdes School, St. Pedro Poveda College, St. Paul College)
… churches (Santuario de San Jose, Mary The Queen, St. Francis, Our Lady of Peace Parish / EDSA Shrine)
… army camps (Camp Crame, Camp Aguinaldo, Rizal PC Headquarters)
… exclusive golf and country clubs (Valle Verde Country Club, Green Valley Country Club, Wack-Wack Golf and Country Club)

Rising against its skyline are some of the country’s tallest buildings housing some of the country’s biggest industrial and commercial firms.

The initial development strategy was two pronged : (1) develop industrial properties and allow subdivisions and community facilities to emerge around it; and (2) focus on “elite” motivation: first class homes made attractive by a modern and accessible amenities like private schools, hospitals, churches, post offices, police stations, ample water supply, plus private sports and social clubs.

About Bonifacio Global City

Bonifacio Global City was once part of the 2,578-hectare property of Taguig that the United States Government acquired in 1902 when the Philippines was under the American Colonial Rule. The United States acquisition was turned into a military base and was named Fort McKinley after the 25th US President, William McKinley, who was responsible for the colonization of the Philippines. Fort McKinley became the headquarters of the 10,000 strong Philippine Scouts, which was the Philippine Division of the United States Army.

In 1949, three years after the Philippines gained its political independence from the United States, Fort McKinley was turned over to the Philippine Government by virtue of the United States Embassy Note No. 0570.

In 1957, Fort McKinley was made the permanent headquarters of the Philippine Army and was renamed Fort Bonifacio after the Father of the Philippine Revolution against Spain, Andres Bonifacio, who organized what is effectively the first Philippine Armed Forces and whose father, Santiago Bonifacio, was a native of Tipas, Taguig.

In 1992, an approximately 240-hectare portion of Fort Bonifacio was turned over to the Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA). BCDA was created by virtue of Republic Act 7227, otherwise known as the Bases Conversion and Development Act of 1992, and signed into law by then President Corazon C. Aquino to facilitate the conversion of former US military bases and Metro Manila camps into productive civilian use. Three years later, Bonifacio Land Corporation, a consortium led by Metro Pacific, made a successful bid to become BCDA’s partner in the development of the 240-hectare property, which was named Bonifacio Global City.

The partnership was dubbed the “Deal of the Century” because Bonifacio Global City was sold at a staggering price of Php 333,283.88 per square meter, with proceeds amounting to Php 30.4 billion.

BCDA and the Metro Pacific-led consortium subsequently created the Fort Bonifacio Development Corporation (FBDC) to oversee the master planning of Bonifacio Global City. FBDC was the largest corporation registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission in 1992, with a paid-up capital of Php 71.227 billion. The sale channeled Php 25.8 billion cash to government coffers and ballooned property values in the vicinity overnight.

In 2003, Ayala Land, Inc. and Evergreen Holdings, Inc. of the Campos Group purchased a controlling stake in Bonifacio Land Corporation from Metro Pacific. As major partners in FBDC, the two companies, along with BCDA, now shape the vision of this premier business district into the home of passionate minds, where technology meets aesthetics.

Lenten Season 2011: The Way of the Cross (14 Churches of Rizal-Laguna)

Lenten Season 2011: The Way of the Cross (14 Churches of Rizal-Laguna)

April 22, 2011

Good Friday

Last year we had a Luzon Route from Cagayan Valley to Ilocos Region and made a footage of old churches that we passed by. This year, we decided to have the Laguna De Bay Loop and follow the Way of the Cross.

1st Station: The Last Supper
Church: Shrine Of Our Lady Of Peace And Good Voyage
Location: Antipolo City, Rizal

2nd Station: The Agony of Jesus in the Garden
Church: Sta Rosa De Lima
Location: Teresa, Rizal

3rd Station: Jesus Faces the Sanhedrin
Church: St. Joseph Church
Location: Baras, Rizal

4th Station: The Scourging and Crowning with the Thorns
Church: San Ildefonso Parish
Location: Tanay, RIzal

5th Station: Jesus Accepts his Cross
Church: St. Mary Magdalene Parish
Location: Pililla, Rizal

6th Station: Jesus Falls because of the Heavy Cross
Church: Our Lady of Candelaria Church
Location: Mabitac, Laguna

7th Station: Simon Helps Jesus Carry his Cross
Church: Our Lady’s of Nativity Parish Church
Location: Pangil, Laguna

8th Station: Jesus Meets the Women of Jerusalem
Church: St. Peter of Alcantara Parish Church
Location: Pakil, Laguna

9th Station: Jesus is Nailed to the Cross
Church: San Santiago Apostol Church / St. James Parish Apostle
Location: Paete, Laguna

10th Station: The Repentant Thief
Church: St. Mary Magdalene Church
Location: Magdalena, Laguna

11th Station: Virgin Mary and John at the foot of the Cross
Church: St. Gregory The Great Parish
Location: Majayjay, Laguna

12th Station: Jesus Died on the Cross
Church: St. John The Baptist Parish Church
Location: Liliw, Laguna

13th Station: Jesus is Buried in the Tomb
Church: St. Bartholomew Parish
Location: Nagcarlan, Laguna

14th Station: Jesus Rise from the Dead
Church: Cathedral of St. Paul
Location: San Pablo City

2011 Lenten Season

[img src=]60 Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage
Antipolo City, Rizal
[img src=]40 Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage
Antipolo City, Rizal
[img src=]40RIzal Laguna Churches, Antipolo City
Antipolo City, Rizal
[img src=]60Sta Rosa De Lima Parish
Teresa, Rizal
[img src=]50Sta Rosa De Lima Parish
Teresa, Rizal
[img src=]50Saint Joseph Husband of Mary Parish Church
Baras, Rizal
[img src=]10Saint Joseph Husband of Mary Parish Church
Baras, Rizal
[img src=]10Saint Joseph Husband of Mary Parish Church
Baras, Rizal
[img src=]10San Ildefonso Parish Church
Tanay, Rizal
[img src=]20San Ildefonso Parish Church
Tanay, Rizal
[img src=]10San Ildefonso Parish Church
Tanay, Rizal
[img src=]10St. Mary Magdalene Parish Church
Pililla, Rizal
[img src=]20St. Mary Magdalene Parish Church
Pililla, Rizal
[img src=]10St. Mary Magdalene Parish Church
Pililla, Rizal
[img src=]30Nuestra Señora de Candelaria Church
Mabitac, Laguna
[img src=]30Nuestra Señora de Candelaria Church
Mabitac, Laguna
[img src=]30Nuestra Señora de la Natividad Church
Pangil, Laguna
[img src=]40Nuestra Señora de la Natividad Church
Pangil, Laguna
[img src=]50San Pedro de Alcantara Church
Pakil, Laguna
[img src=]60San Pedro de Alcantara Church
Pakil, Laguna
[img src=]50San Pedro de Alcantara Church
Pakil, Laguna
[img src=]40St. James the Apostle Church
Paete, Laguna
[img src=]40St. James the Apostle Church
Paete, Laguna
[img src=]20St. Mary Magdalene Parish Church
Magdalena, Laguna
[img src=]50St. Mary Magdalene Parish Church
Magdalena, Laguna
[img src=]30St. Gregory the Great Parish
Majayjay, Laguna
[img src=]20St. Gregory the Great Parish
Majayjay, Laguna
[img src=]10St. Gregory the Great Parish
RIzal Laguna Churches
[img src=]20The Saint John The Baptist Parish of Liliw
Liliw, Laguna
[img src=]30The Saint John The Baptist Parish of Liliw
Liliw, Laguna
[img src=]10The Saint John The Baptist Parish of Liliw
Liliw, Laguna
[img src=]00St. Bartholomew the Apostle Church
Nagcarlan, Laguna
[img src=]00St. Bartholomew the Apostle Church
Nagcarlan, Laguna
[img src=]10Cathedral of St. Paul
San Pablo City
[img src=]20Cathedral of St. Paul
San Pablo City

Day 114/365: Nicolas Cage, Mont Blanc International Brand Ambassador

Day 114/365: Nicolas Cage, Mont Blanc International Brand Ambassador

April 24, 2011

He is one of the most brilliant actor I truly admire- Mr Nicolas Cage. And seeing him as an international brand endorser for Mont Blanc made this man a legend on the movie industry worldwide.

About Nicolas Cage:

Born: January 07, 1964

Actor Nicolas Cage has always strived to make a name for himself based on his work, rather than on his lineage. As the nephew of filmmaker Francis_Ford_Coppola, Cage altered his last name to avoid accusations of nepotism. (He chose “Cage” both out of admiration for avant-garde musician John_Cage and en homage to comic book hero Luke Cage). Even if he had retained the family name, it isn’t likely that anyone would consider Cage holding fast to his uncle’s coattails. Time and again, Cage travels to great lengths to add verisimilitude to his roles.

Day 114/365: Nicolas Cage Timewalker Chronograph by Mont Blanc

Born January 7, 1964, in Long Beach, CA, to a literature professor father and dancer/choreographer mother, Cage first caught the acting bug while a student at Beverly Hills High School. After graduation, he debuted on film with a small part in Amy_Heckerling’s 1982 classic Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Following a lead role in Martha_Coolidge’s cult comedy Valley_Girl (1983), Cage spent the remainder of the decade playing endearingly bizarre and disreputable men, most notably as Crazy Charlie the Appliance King in Peggy_Sue_Got_Married (1986), Hi McDonough in Raising_Arizona (1987), and Ronny Cammareri in the same year’s Moonstruck, the last of which won him a Golden Globe nomination and a legion of female fans, ecstatic over the actor’s unconventional romantic appeal.

The ’90s saw Cage assume a series of diverse roles, ranging from a violent ex-con in David_Lynch’s Wild at Heart (1990) to a sweet-natured private eye in the romantic comedy Honeymoon in Vegas (1992) to a dying alcoholic in Mike_Figgis’ astonishing Leaving_Las_Vegas (1995). For this last role, Cage won a Best Actor Oscar for his quietly devastating portrayal, and, respectability in hand, gained an official entrance into Hollywood’s higher ranks. After winning his Oscar, along with a score of other honors for his performance, Cage switched gears again, choosing to star in a series of big-budget action films. 1996 saw him take the lead in the Alcatraz thriller The_Rock, and the following year he made Con_Air and John_Woo’s Face/Off, the latter of which attained overwhelming critical as well as commercial success.

1998 marked Cage’s return to sentimental romance with his performance as a love-struck angel in City of Angels, a remake of Wim_Wenders’ Wings of Desire. Rejecting the possibility of continuity, Cage next made the crime thriller 8MM (1999), in which he played a surveillance expert investigating the suspicious death of an actress in the underground porn industry. The same year, he starred as a burnt-out paramedic in Martin_Scorsese’s Bringing Out the Dead, sharing the screen with such notables as then-real-life wife Patricia_Arquette, John_Goodman, and Ving_Rhames.

After a turn as a man who comes to question his values and work ethic in the lightly dramatic romantic comedy The_Family_Man in 2000, Cage moved back into action with Gone in 60 Seconds before expanding his career in the newfound role of producer to such films as Shadow of the Vampire (2000), Sonny (2002) (which he also directed) and, The Life of David Gale (2003). That same year also found Cage in the role of romantic lead opposite Penelope_Cruz in the eagerly anticipated Captain_Corelli’s_Mandolin. Long considered a mainstream actor of decidedly quirky sensibilities, Cage cemented this perception in teaming with Being_John_Malkovich director Spike_Jonze for a duel role in the complex comedy Adaptation (2002). With Cage appearing as both screenwriter Charlie_Kaufman as well as his fictional brother Donald, Adaptation followed Charlie’s attempt to adapt author Susan_Orlean’s seemingly unfilmable novel -The Orchid Thief as a feature film, and Donald’s parallel efforts to write his own hacky yet lucrative script by following the guidance of a caustic, Syd_Field-like screenwriting instructor (Brian_Cox). A weighty role that demanded an actor capable of portraying characters that couldn’t differ more emotionally despite their outward appearance, Adaptation brought Cage his second Oscar nomination.

Cage continued to please critics in 2003 with his well-received performance in the comedy Matchstick_Men, as a flim-flam man suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder. Lucky for fans of Cage’s popcorn flicks, in 2004 he proved he hadn’t completely abandoned buttered popcorn movies. That year saw the release of the megahit adventure film National_Treasure. Directed by Jon_Turteltaub, the picture cast Cage as an archaeologist convinced there’s a treasure map on the back of the U.S. Declaration of Independence.

In 2005, Cage portrayed the lead in Gore_Verbinski’s The_Weather_Man, a tragi-comedy that received mixed reviews. He made the ill-advised decision to star in Neil LaBute’s reworking of the Robin_Hardy/Anthony_Shaffer collaboration The_Wicker_Man (2006), with Cage inheriting the role of the sacrificial victim from Edward_Woodward and Ellen_Burstyn assuming a variant on the vile Christopher_Lee role as Lady Summerisle; unfortunately, that film bombed. Cage fared better with the lead in Oliver_Stone’s thriller World_Trade_Center, released mere weeks prior, where he played one of the Port Authority police officers trapped beneath the trade center with one of his partners.

2007 found Cage gravitating magnetically to action roles in elephantine, Hollywood blockbusters that recalled his work in The_Rock and Face/Off ten years earlier. He began the year by portraying the title character — a motorcycle-driving stuntman who sells his soul to Mephistopheles — in Mark_Steven_Johnson’s live-action comic book adaptation Ghost_Rider. Upon premiering in the States, the film became a big success. In the same year’s sci-fi thriller Next, directed by Lee_Tamahori, Cage plays Cris Johnson, a man who attains the ability to see into the future and must suddenly decide between saving himself and saving the world; the film failed to ignite the way Ghost_Rider did just a couple months before it.

Cage then made an effort to recapture the success of National_Treasure with a sequel, National Treasure: Book of Secrets, that finds Benjamin Franklin Gates (Cage) attempting to deduce the “secrets” of Abe_Lincoln’s assassination by tracking down the missing pages from John Wilkes Booth’s diary. Hal Erickson, Rovi (http://

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Day 113/365: St Jerome Parish Church, The Baroque Wonder of Morong Rizal

Day 113/365: St Jerome Parish Church, The Baroque Wonder of Morong Rizal

April 23, 2011 (Black Saturday)

My ultimate dream is to take a shot of all the baroque churches of the Philippines and show the world how beautiful this architectural wonders that was built centuries ago. Here is one of the most wonderful baroque church I truly admire and a real wonder of Morong Rizal – St Jerome Parish Church.

You dont need to travel to Macau and Spain just to have a nice photo with a magnificent tall belfry. Just go to Morong Rizal and it will surely worth your trip!

Day 113/365: St Jerome Parish Church, The Baroque Wonder of Morong Rizal

About St Jerome Church:

Located in Brgy. San Jose, Morong Rizal, St. Jerome Parish Church is one of the remnants of the grandeur and spirit of the colonial period. Nothing in our Western culture now is similar to its neo-Baroque style.

Originally built in 1615 by Chinese craftsmen, the church survived natural disasters and the tumultuous Spanish regime, with its walls standing witness to the Katipuneros who were captured and executed there. Sitting majestically on a hill overlooking the river, the Morong Church is truly a cultural icon, an edifice of the Christian faith, and a cradle of their architectural heritage.

Its new belfry was integrated with the old three-storey facade, thus becoming one of the most well-composed architectures in colonial Philippines.

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