Make it Easy to Eat Healthy with Lunchbox Diet Meals!



Lunchbox Diet delivers healthy, calorie-counted meals in Metro Manila based on a weekly menu planned and prepared by experienced chefs and highly trained kitchen staff.

It is the perfect solution for:

  • People who want to lose weight/maintain their ideal weight but don’t want to live off lettuce and crackers
  • Sports enthusiasts and athletes who need to be on a special diet for training or competition
  • Busy individuals who want to eat healthy but don't have time to cook and want to avoid fast food
  • People searching for convenience, flexibility, and variety in their daily meals
  • People who want to eat healthy food, at a good price, with awesome taste









Meal Plans:

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Ordering & Delivery Options:

Lunchbox Diet offers very flexible ordering and delivery options.

Customers can order for a minimum of 3 days and 2 meals for each day. Ingredient substitution is also available at a reasonable charge. They can also choose “Day-Before-Delivery” or “On-the-Day” delivery within Metro Manila depending on their address.

Try Lunchbox Diet Today!

For more than three years, Lunchbox Diet has stayed true to its promise of helping customers achieve a healthier lifestyle through thoughtfully prepared meals conveniently delivered to their homes and offices.

Visit Lunchbox Diet at http://lunchboxdiet.com.ph/ or on Facebook: LunchboxDietPH. For orders, call or text customer service at 0917 809 3196.




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Knowing what to choose for your family this Christmas plus tips!

Sanicare's Liwanag Christmas Box 


I am not a perfect mom, I know that, but I am an experienced mom and at the same time dad to my one and only son. We are living together with my youngest sister and her family, her husband, three kids whose ages are ten, four and two... plus, we have our grandson from our niece that has been staying with us, ever since and now, he's already seventeen years old, three years younger than my son. We treat him as our very own.



My beautiful, loving and jolly family in jumpshot during one of our escapades in Tagaytay. My brother-in-law took our photo. 


So you could now just imagine how extended my family is :))  For every parent like me, we always want what's best for them right?! I see to it that I give them the right kind of lifestyle so that they'll be able to process it in their future life and would apply to their respective future families as well. Because I do firmly believe that the solid foundation of a child really starts with family. Whatever we reap is what we sow.  

Being the eldest and head of our family, I have the say in choosing and deciding most especially when it comes to my area...  my "amazing kitchen," as I call it. It's not the best or the most beautiful kitchen that you see, but as I do my cooking and grilling or whatever kitchen stuffs that I had to do, it always turns out to be amazing like my whole family and relatives say. 

As a mom, and a smart consumer too, (I suppose), I do pick the things that would be useful to us, with pleasant and positive covers or packaging and it should be of high quality with a very reasonable price of course! In my years of expertise in Bachelor of Arts in Shopping major in Groceries, :)) I definitely know and my instincts never fail me if a particular brand would be worth it or not. And after almost consuming different types of brands for every kind of product, for us, mommies, we always come and end up into conclusion, and if we really love the product, we stick to it. do you agree with me amazing moms? 

Tell me moms, what do you usually use to make your kitchen spic-and-span, and assist you in some of your household chores to make you stress-free? Well, I know one product and I do trust the brand that's responsible for it--- Sanicare, it is a line of tissues, paper towels and other hygienic products such as underpads, cotton, wipes and toilet seat cover. It has its own Kitchen Hygiene line which is composed of Kitchen Towels, Lunch Napkins and Mood Dinner Napkins.

There are numerous useful and functional ways to enjoy using the Kitchen Towel, which Sanicare has come up again with a Christmas design. Actually they release different Christmas designs yearly. Aside from the fact that the Sanicare Kitchen towels are very sturdy and absorbent because of its moisture locking technology, here are some tips which I hope could be useful to you: 


Can you see the cute Christmas-sy designs? 


In draining spaghetti noodles or any type of pasta or noodles, I prefer to put kitchen towel underneath the strainer, the water from the pasta would be absorbed by the towel, it would not be that messy and at the same time you can still use the supporting plate for other purposes without washing it! It's tried and tested. 👍 



Sanicare Mood Dinner Napkins comes in two colors, white and black. It is known to be luxuriously strong but soft, making everyday meals extra special.


Here's a short video to show you how absorbent the Sanicare Kitchen Towel is: 

You see how mommy and kitchen friendly the Sanicare products are like the Kitchen Towels, right? This serves a big help for me, just have to grab and hold a piece of it then swiftly pat dry or wipe all the liquid or sauce away!!! So neat! 


Sanicare Mood Dinner  Napkins 



Since I am also taking care of the two little dudes here in our home, I know exactly what to do everytime they eat their meals. This time, I made the dinner mood napkin as my Baby Bryce's DIY bib. Spaghetti is one of his fave food so I anticipated the next messy scene could happen. 






There you go, this napkin's so useful. Gotta wipe away those spaghetti sauce stains. 


During school days, I see to it that I never run out of Sanicare Mood Dinner Napkins, I use it to wrap the utensils (spoon and fork) to go with the kids' "baon." It's soft, smooth but sturdy, tried and tested, even the kids love it since it doesn't have a strong scent too. 



Sanicare products: Liwanag Christmas Box Facial Tissue, Kitchen Towels and Mood Dinner Napkins on my Christmas-inspired Dinning Table

It is very inspiring to see such vibrant colors and designs on my Christmas-inspired dining table. Tonight, I was able to prepare fried chicken and I used the Kitchen Towels by Sanicare to absorb the excess oils from the chicken. Then I placed the Sanicare Mpod Dinner Napkins on the plate with the spoon and fork on top. Looks like I am also in the mood for some white wine, care to join me? :))



Every year, Sanicare releases different Christmas prints for their kitchen towels. But this year, they have come up with this specially designed facial tissue boxes with the theme called "Liwanag Christmas Boxes." 

And for us to continue to feel and enjoy the spirit of Christmas, Sanicare has launched its online contest entitled "Starry Bright Christmas Promo." 



ABOUT THE CHRISTMAS BOX DESIGNS

• The boxes are inspired by world-class Filipino talent, and the ability 
of global citizens to find the silver lining amidst the darkest days. 
• The designs are centered on parols (Lanterns) and stars.
• Alex chose to utilize parols in her design. She believes parols are a 
symbolic representation that evoke a notion of promise and 
unification. It also transcends social classes and lights up all Filipino homes. 
• Alex chose to integrate the stars in her design because it is a 
constant reminder that we share the same sky and despite the 
stark differences and circumstances in all corners of the world, that 
each one of us has a star shining brightly within.

Hope you could join this awesome contest that's inspired by Christmas. I totally admire and understand the artists intentions and what she really wants us to feel too and realize. You see, us, Filipinos are known for being so resilient right, why don't we continue to inspire others and give hope and positivity by looking and dreaming of the same star. The stars are created and situated above for us to look up to and dream beyond our dreams... 

So, are you interested to join? You should be :)) it's so easy! Just avail Sanicare's Liwanag Christmas Boxes and follow these steps...


HOW TO JOIN: 

Interested participants need to post a creative photo on 
their Facebook account featuring the Sanicare Facial Tissue 
Liwanag Series Box.
• It must include a caption that starts with the phrase, “My Christmas 
is extra bright this year because ____!” and must tag 3 other friends. 
Entries also should include the mandatory hashtags
#SanicareLiwanagSeries #Sanicare #SCPA
• Once posted, the participant must go back to the Sanicare PH 
Facebook promo post and click the link provided in order to 
submit the entry.


MORE DETAILS:

• The promo runs from November 22 to January 01, 2018. 
Deadline of submission is on January 01 at 6pm.
• Winners will be announced on January 15, 2018 on the Sanicare PH 
Facebook Page.
• The grand prize winner will be given four (4) all day passes to 
Dream Play and Lunch buffet for four (4) at The Café at the Hyatt
 City of Dreams Manila.
• 10 consolation prize winners will also be chosen to each receive a 
2,000 peso Sodexo Gift Certificate from Sanicare. 
• Visit the Sanicare PH Facebook Page for more details about the 
promo.
• DTI Permit No. 18311 Series of 2017

Sanicare Facebook page:
 Instagram: @sanicare_ph

So make your creative minds work now and start taking the snaps and join Sanicare's "Starry Bright Christmas Promo!" 
Good luck!!!

Here's another sample entry shot of mine! 



Have a Merry and Amazing Christmas everyone!!! 






































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SM and Globe partnership in boosting Supermall internet




SM Supermalls, in partnership with Globe Telecom Inc., boosts free internet services in selected SM malls nationwide starting November this year. With speedy and reliable internet connection, more shoppers and mall goers will be able to access everything they need online to make their mall-going experiences enjoyable, seamless, and convenient.

Being #AlwaysConnectedAtSM, customers can check out movie schedules, tune in to their social media accounts, book a ride and get first dibs on the latest dining spots and fashion finds that SM malls have in store for them. Mall goers only need to connect to @SMFreeWiFi via their mobile device, tablet, or laptop to enjoy one hour of free internet service.

To make the fun last longer, SM’s GoWiFi Auto will also be available for customers to experience up to 100Mbps of high-speed internet connection with affordable promo packages starting at P15/day. All they need to do is open their device’s WiFi settings, connect to @GoWiFi_Auto hotspot, and follow the easy step-by-step instructions on the pop-up screen.

Being two of the most loved brands, SM Supermalls and Globe have teamed up to provide mall goers access to high-speed internet services, and together, bringing new and extraordinary experiences in SM malls across the country.

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For exclusive news about SM Supermalls, visit www.smsupermalls.com or follow SM’s official social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram; and get an insider access to all the fun happenings at SM Supermalls nationwide through SM’s Viber Public Chat. Tweet your thoughts, upload and share your photos about your memorable moments at SM, then use its official hashtag #EverythingsHereAtSM.



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UnionBank officially launches its fully digital bank: The Ark

"The Ark" by UnionBank




In this day and age, modernization and digital application are considered to be one of the essential factors to level up with the ever-growing technology. 

Just recently, I was invited to experience first hand, the now talk-of-the-town, UnionBank's "The Ark," branch in Ayala Ave., cor. Paseo de Roxas in Makati City. I was in complete awe the moment I stepped in at the newest banking tech hub. One would really like to think that this could just be a hang-out place or plainly a cafe where we can all stay, mingle, do our online stuff, socialize and chat. 

But, actually, it is the newest and most modern fully digital bank that UnionBank has launched for everyone to do not just bank transactions but this is also an interactive place where everything is touch screen and paperless! Tellers assist the UnionBankers, carefully explaining each and every detail while you are being seated comfortably on their very neat and cozy couch. 





And speaking of comfortability, you can even go to their cafeteria located at the far left side of "The Ark." During my stay there, I was able to have a their great-tasting hot chocolate, while waiting for the launch to start and some of my colleagues had Carmen's Best ice cream. 



Having my hot chocolate at "The Ark" 


I don't know with you, but if you were to ask me, I would rather save my money or invest on this one of the most trusted and stable banks in the country. The high-tech banking corporation that ensure us of a better and bright future while at the same time making us feel at home. 



Here's a virtual tour of the The Ark please click here


Background and more facts about "The Ark" here


If you were wondering if they would launch or come up again with a branch like that of "The Ark," the answer is YES, and it's gonna be real soon. So, watch out what branch it would be and when. :))




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Consistent with its role as the technology-leader among banks in the country, UnionBank launched The ARK, the first fully digital bank branch in the Philippines.

Using digital technology to augment an actual banking experience, The ARK by UnionBank delivers on its promise of a new digital platform experience in banking.

“The ARK was established by UnionBank to address the common pain points in banking. Falling in line, getting a number before being attended to, spending a lot of time in the bank which could have been used in, otherwise, more productive endeavors. It is also meant to satisfy the diverse and changing needs of our customers,” explained UnionBank President and Chief Operations Officer (COO) Edwin R. Bautista.

Bautista explained that The Ark provides an interactional experience rather than a transactional space.  It could also be used as a 3rd space for different communities to get together.

The ARK, as a concept branch/ “lab,”also serves as a platform for the clients to co-create an ideal banking experience by closely looking into what the clients’ needs and wants when it comes to banking.

Digital natives would find The ARK as the perfect bank branch that fits their lifestyle.
For non-digital natives, however, The ARK serves as their bridge that comfortably leads them from traditional to digital banking.

“The ARK provides a service unlike any other.  There are no lines, no numbers, hardly any forms to fill up, just highly-trained bank ambassadors ready and happy to give personalized service to each and every client. Every client here receives the proverbial VIP service,” Bautista adds.

At The ARK, a client is treated like a guest, welcomed by the bank ambassador who hands him a tablet to select his transaction.  The bank ambassador may usher the guest to the coffee area where he could enjoy his espresso while waiting for the bank ambassador to facilitate his transaction. The guest will also be able to maximize his time while at The ARK and do some work as the branch is equipped with high-speed internet.  Customized and comfortable seats are provided for The ARK guests.

UnionBank Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Justo A. Ortiz said that it should not come as a surprise for UnionBank to come up with The ARK, which is seen as the bank of the future.


Mr.Justo A. Ortiz UnionBank Chairman and CEO 

Here's Mr. Ortiz's speech please click here


“UnionBank trailblazed digital banking in the Philippines and we continue with our efforts to use technology and enhancing digital banking capabilities in order to provide the best customer experience for our clients,” Ortiz said.

UnionBank has recently been awarded as the Best Digital Bank at the Asiamoney Banking Awards 2017, held at The Ritz-Carlton in Beijing, China, last September 26, validating its position as the best digital bank in the country.

Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Deputy Governor Chuchi Fonacier graced the launch of The ARK and hailed UnionBank for its future-ready innovations which are at par with international banking standards.

Fonacier said that BSP believes in financial technology as both an opportunity and a challenge to the banking sector.

BSP records show that 25% of current bank clients use mobile banking technologies in their transactions and this number is predicted to grow exponentially over the years.

“Our banks need to be equipped with sound digital strategies for them to cope up with these digital innovations to better serve their clients. BSP will also be aggressively pursuing reforms to support our banks through an enabling regulatory environment,” Fonacier adds.






                                                                        






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Is your child a brat? Here’s how to deal with it

Parents know all too well how difficult it is to deal with a child’s tantrums. When a child reaches pre-schooler age, this problematic behaviour comes out and parents, not really knowing what to do, just grin and bear it, and just basically brace for the inevitable.        

Children can often display “bratty” behaviour either towards their parents or other people because they cannot properly articulate their feelings yet or struggle with handling their emotions.

At this age, behaviour regulation, or the ability to use self-control to behave in socially acceptable ways is not well developed yet. This can manifest as tantrums and are sometimes triggered by an outburst of emotions such as anger, frustration, anxiety, and irritability.

To avoid these behaviours among pre-schoolers, parents should learn how to develop and nurture their child’s emotional intelligence by teaching them how to better understand and control their emotions.

In his book entitled, “Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child; The Heart of Parenting,” Dr. John Gottman offers tips on how parents can better deal with their child’s emotional outbursts.

He advises parents to become more aware of their child’s emotions. The first step to improving their behaviour is to recognize that there is an array of feelings that a child has to deal with, such as disappointment or anger, which they might not be able to completely understand yet, or know how to handle.

Parents should also be more observant and listen to what their child is trying to say or express. They should be able to validate their child’s emotions, empathizing with them, and making them understand that what they are feeling is normal.

Dr. Gottman further recommends helping the child to find the words that best identifies what they are feeling. Labelling these correctly can help them better deal with their emotions. It likewise helps the parents themselves be more aware of what their child is going through.

Aside from a parent’s guidance, proper nutrition plays a vital role towards developing a pre-schooler’s emotional intelligence or more commonly known as “EQ”. 

A recent breakthrough in pediatric nutrition is the milk fat globule membrane or MFGM. It is the milk fat’s coating which contains life-enhancing components. MFGM supports a child’s IQ development and is clinically proven to improve behavioural regulation among children.

A study conducted by Genevieve Veereman-Wauters established that children who consumed formula enriched with MFGM demonstrated significantly improved parent-reported scores for behavioral regulation compared to children receiving control formula without MFGM enrichment.

But what’s really exciting experts is that for the first time in history, MFGM can be extracted from cow’s milk and added to a children’s milk formula: only in Enfagrow A+ Four. 

Given the most recent advances in pediatric nutrition, parents can now make healthier choices for their children, enabling and empowering them to better understand their child’s “bratty” behaviour, and knowing that they now can do something about it.
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Treat yourself to a limitless imagination with Gelare




If you are fond of having an ice cream for desserts or as your refreshments, you would perhaps be rooting for a Gelato too! We are all aware that, Gelato is the Italian word for ice cream, right? But actually there are also some difference between them. 

Just recently, we were invited to the opening of Gelare branch in Uptown Mall in Bonifacio Global City, and we had absolutely experienced the real difference! 

We’ll let you in on a Trivia! Regular ice cream that we grew up with contains 50% air while
famous Gelatos that we have been introduced contains 25% air. Then here comes Geláre Ice cream that is airless! How exciting can this get?

No limit to your imagination


Banana Split 

Blueberries N Cream Waffle


Geláre is Australia’s most-loved dessert café. It was founded in Australia in 1986 and has been tantalizing palates for over 20 years and counting. Presently, it continuous to capture the society’s penchant for gourmet dessert in Perth and Brisbane, Australia.
From melt-in-the-mouth gourmet ice cream and warm golden waffles, to vegan desserts and light hearty breakfasts, Geláre dessert restaurants are trusted for nothing less than a sweet and savory taste sensation.

Philippine flagship

Geláre has landed in the Philippines with its flagship store in Uptown, BGC with its serene interior perfect for relaxation. A place where you can just leave all your stress behind and savor some guilty pleasures.

Ice Cream in freshly made Waffle cone

Geláre is an Italian word that means “to freeze” or “congeal”, which is the final step in the ice cream making process. Geláre offers 24 staple ice cream flavors to choose from with notable flavors like: Blueberry Cheesecake, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Peanut Butter Cup and Honey Malt.
They also have 5 flavors of Vegan and Halal certified ice cream such as Banana Caramel Swirl, Lychee Lane Sorbet, Mango Passion Sorbet, Lemon Lime Sorbet and hang on matcha lovers out there, Matcha Green Tea.
Making it more exciting is Gelare’s waffle which can be enjoyed both sweet and savory. It comes with a perfect crisp on the outside yet light and fluffy on the inside. For simple pleasures, it can be enjoyed with its rich buttercream topping or add a little excitement with a scoop of any ice cream flavor of your choice to make it à la mode. Or better yet, pair your waffles with Egg benedicts for those ovum lovers.
Buttermilk Fried Chicken n Waffle


Egg Bennedicts

Frittata

Sliced Beef and Gravy

Tuna Melt Waffle


Those who crave for more tangible protein can go for their Waffle with Buttermilk Chicken; Juicy chicken fillet that’s battered and deep fried to perfection. They also have waffle with Sliced Beef & Gravy; richly flavored and tender, this thinly sliced sirloin is a sure bet.
Craving for java? Fret not, as Geláre offers a robust coffee experience whether hot or cold. They also offer to-die-for Affogato customizable with your choice of ice cream flavor.
For non-coffee drinkers, you will definitely thirst for their smoothies such as Mango Mango and Merry Berries. And hey if you want to go all-out, why not try their Rich Milk shakes with your choice of ice cream.

Gourmet Coffee

Shakes and Lemon Lime


Gelare Menu


At Geláre, there is no limit to your imagination. Head on to Geláre at the 3rd level, Uptown BGC and be creative. A branch in Nuvali is opening soon! Watch out for more updates on Geláre on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GelarePH/.


Founded in Australia in 1986 by Mr. Farid Torabi, Geláre remains the much-loved dessert bar throughout Perth and Brisbane. It has over 50 branches spread across Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, and Indonesia. Geláre has a choice of superior desserts including its famous ice cream, waffles, pancakes, hot beverages, smoothies, and light breakfast menu. Geláre in the Philippines is run by WhitePlates Inc.



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My Awemazing experience during ASEAN-Korea Flute Festival in Pampanga and Malolos

    November 30, 2017

The participating flutists from Thailand, Myanmar and Laos PDR during the first day of the ASEAN-Korea Flute Festival pocket shows tour in Angeles City, Pampanga and Malolos, Bulacan respectively last November 28, 2017

In accordance with the celebration of the 50th years of ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations), all the 10 member countries:  Indonesia, Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Myanmar (Burma), Thailand, Philippines and Vietnam have merged and all agreed to come up with "ASEAN-Korea Flute Festival," with a theme, Celebrating ASEAN traditions across cultures, which aims to provide an opportunity for flutists in Southeast Asia and Korea to interact and create integrated renditions of contemporary and traditional songs targeted to be appreciated by the general public, most especially the youth, while also incorporating classic and modern approaches in music-making.

I was one of the fortunate ones to be invited and had the privilege to be part of this momentous and spectacular international event. The participating musicians from different Asian countries have been touring various nations only to share and educate the people about their respective traditional music and instruments.

Last November 28, Tuesday, the first leg of the two pocket shows and cultural tours took place in the provinces of Pampanga and Bulacan. We were divided into four groups, and our group's first destination was in Angeles City, Pampanga, wherein we have received a very warm welcome by the faculty members, staff and students of Francisco G. Nepomuceno Memorial High School.

Students of Francisco G. Nepomuceno Memorial High School clad in their very colorful costumes while dancing and welcoming the ASEAN delegates.

Everyone were so amazed and surprised, including myself because of the very festive mood that the whole school had prepared and performed for the ASEAN delegates most especially. They've even took time and effort to be all made up for the special occasion as if welcoming special guests to their home. That's the Filipino culture and spirit that we should all continue to imbibe and apply, our being so hospitable, warm, friendly and always wearing a ready smile for everyone! 

The ASEAN delegates: Indonesia (far left), Vietnam, Miss Tracey Santiago of NCCA (National Commission for Culture and Arts) and Thailand delegates

Before the whole ceremony or the lecture and performance of the flute artists from Thailand, we were asked to stand to honor the ASEAN theme song. 

The only performing group at the FG Nepomuceno Memorial High School was the Thai musicians

The Thai delegates was headed by their main flutist Mr. Surasak Kingsai



He graduated high school and earned a High Vocational Certificate from the College of Dramatic Arts in Bangkok. He has a Bachelor’s Degree from Rajamangala University of Technology Bangkok. He is the recipient of an award fund from the Prince Narisara Nuwattiwong’s foundation. He is proficient in all types of Thai pipes and flutes. He began his career at the Office of the Performing Arts, the Arts Department, Ministry of Culture in August 1999 as the Thai traditional pipe musician. He had the honor of perform Thai traditional drums in front of King Rama IX and King Rama X in various royal occasions. He has also represented Thailand on many occasions at national and international events. He has been invited by teachers in many agencies and institutions. He has also been invited to many ceremonies paying homage to Thai traditional music teachers. He is a well-know resource person Thai traditional flute and pipe performing. He has been invited to judge the Thai traditional music competition for wind instruments. He has performed in Khon Mask dances in various venues, such as Sala Chalermkrung Royal Theatre, Ramkhamhaeng University Khon Performance, Joe Louis Puppet Theatre, and Thai traditional orchestra performances of the Office of the Performing Arts. He has been part of recordings with famous Thai country bands and singers. He is a member of both the Sound of Siam band and the Thai Smile band.


Their performance was a very interactive one, they had encouraged the audience to participate and join them. I guess, that really helped a lot considering the long trip we all had, coming from Manila, their musical exercises were very helpful in drawing the attention to them and in conditioning everyone's mind and spirit. They had a long lecture of their traditional music in Thailand and saw a lot of variations from the slides that they presented. They really came well-prepared and organized. Their performance was magnetizing and interesting. I guess this group's performance is one that we should also look forward to this coming culminating night on December 1 at the Carlos P. Romulo Theater in RCBC Plaza, Makati City and on December  3, at the Open Air Auditorium in Luneta Park, Manila, admission is free, if you want to be witness the different traditional music of our fellow ASEAN members, you can come with your families and friends.


After the program, we headed towards our shuttle service, and on my way out, I've chanced upon one of the Vietnam delegates, very eager and enthusiastic in having #groufie shots with the students! He was so overwhelmed! 

Straight from Angeles City, Pampanga, we headed towards Malolos, Bulacan to watch the performances of two ASEAN group of delegates namely, Myanmar and Laos PDR. We were welcomed by the sound of the marching band, and then we proceeded to the school's faculty area for lunch. There were specific food for every country with names on their respective food packs. 

This time, we were joined by other delegates. Aside from Myanmar and Laos PDR, Brunei delegates were present as well as guests or observer along with Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia. 


Myanmar flutists

The Myanmar musicians had also prepared some background infos about their music and how it was differently oriented in their homeland. They had also showed different types of flutes that was so surprising, you wanna know why? It's because, the third type, sounded like a chirping bird, it was so distinct! The people back there at the Marcelo H. Del Pilar National High School were so amazed. 

The Myanmar musicians was led by main flutist, Than Zaw

Than Zaw from Myanmar

He was born on April 27, 1983. He attended the Sate School of Fine Arts from 1996 to 2002, specializing in Myanmar’s traditional flute, the oboe, and the violin. He was assigned as the professional artist at the Fine Arts Division (Mandalay) under the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Culture in 2003. He has been working as the professional traditional musician at the Department of Fine Arts for 14 years now. 

After several performances, an ice-breaker via a game with prizes was initiated to make the audience more lively and attentive.  

A student was given her prize for telling the correct answer! It was a lot of fun, actually. 

The second and last group of delegates to perform was Laos PDR

Laos PDR delegates

The flutists of Laos PDR, were a bit shy but they still managed to give some background and details which I also found out that all these three different nations have similar or some resemblance to each other's flutes. There are only some variations but the other musical instruments that they've had presented were almost one and the same like the Ranat Thum which was discussed by Thailand and then later on was used by Myanmar. To give you an idea here it is: 

Ranat Thum

The Laos PDR musicians was headed by their main flutist

Soulinh Sengkham

                     He studied how to play the flute at the Vietnam National Academy of Music.

Our trip was about to end, but before leaving the Marcelo H. Del Pilar National High School, of course group photo opp would always be there. It's a forever memory of the past that we'll all cherish and can never be repeated or replaced. Do you agree with me?! 

The ASEAN delegates with some of the faculty members and staff of the Marcelo H. Del Pilar National High School in Malolos, Bulacan


Happiness! Congrats to all the people behind the "ASEAN-Korea Flute Festival!" Most especially the NCCA team and the Seoul Music Group. 

It was a very awesome and at the same time amazing experience (awemazing!) that I could never forget. A whole day trip was worth it and I didn't feel exhausted actually, in fact, I really enjoyed the whole cultural tour! It was very informative, interactive, nourishing and you get to meet different people and appreciate traditional music even from other countries. Hope for more momentous and well-crafted events like this!

For the video performances of the ASEAN delegates, 
you can visit my Youtube channel and please don't forget to subscribe: 



Thank you amazing peeps! 




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