Maria Ressa's Speech in the Tatt Awards: The Power...
Here’s a very insightful keynote speech delivered by veteran journalist Maria Ressa during the Tatt Awards night on August 26 at the Manila Peninsula. She was part of the Tatt Council, which selected the winners.) Thank you for inviting me to speak to you tonight about the big ideas that have brought us all together. The Internet and new media technology is changing the way we think,...
2011 Globe Tatt Awards Winners Revealed!
MANILA, Philippines – To recognize those who made a remarkable impact on the local media landscape, Globe Tattoo held its first-ever Tatt Awards at the Manila Peninsula on August 26. Only 10 from the 50 finalists in ten categories emerged as winners and embodied the Tattoo ideals of “a life without limits”, said Tattoo Head of Nomadic Broadband Business Dong Ronquillo. Dong Ronquillo Loi...
Manny Pacquiao: The Boxing Champ
Read my feature story about Filipino boxing champ Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao in the pages of MAHARLIKA Magazine and THE FILIPINO-JAPANESE JOURNAL. Soon! (Photos by Maria Florenda N. Corpuz)
Shinjuku: The Ultimate Experience
People, people everywhere. Skyscrapers all around. A business and shopping district in the west of Tokyo. Shinjuku station is box-like, but over two million people successfully pass through each day! Once the site of a water-filled reservoir, the west side of Shinjuku Station is now dominated by skyscrapers. Shinjuku shows the frenetic, frantic pace and breathless energy of Tokyo. Shinjuku...
Kapamilya Stars Sing for a Cause
MANILA, Philippines - It was a perfect evening of entertainment, laughter, giving and sharing as Star Magic talents staged a concert entitled “Reach for the Stars: A Concert for Humanity” for the benefit of the non-profit organization Habitat for Humanity. Habitat Ambassadors Matteo Guidicelli and Cris Villonco together with Kapamilya stars Jovit Baldivino, Angeline Quinto, K-la Iovan, Krissel...
Apl De Ap: The Pinoy 'Peas'
Check out my feature story about Black Eyed Peas member Apl De Ap in MAHARLIKA Magazine and THE FILIPINO-JAPANESE JOURNAL. SOON! =) (Photos by Maria Florenda N. Corpuz)
Multifaceted Attractions of Asakusa
To take a peek at old Edo and for hints of how the Japanese lived long ago, the best place to wander around and ponder, is Asakusa where everyday seems like a fiesta and looks like a slip into the time tunnel. Everybody wants to see the Sensoji Temple, the Five Storied Pagoda and the traditional Nakamise shopping arcade. But long ago, visitors were attracted to the red light district in...
Shiro Shiro: Taste the Unique Flavors of Japan
Foodies, listen up! There’s a new and fancy Japanese restaurant located inside the prestigious Boulevard Mansion at the breathtaking Manila Bay, which I believe you’d all love. It is called Shiro Shiro. “Shiro” is a popular Japanese boy name which literally means “Fourth”. But according to the management, “Shiro Shiro” can be translated as “White Castle” because its design was inspired by...
Maria Aragon: Born To Be A Star
Check out my EXCLUSIVE interview with Maria Aragon SOON in MAHARLIKA Magazine and THE FILIPINO-JAPANESE JOURNAL.
The Day Manny Pacquiao Gave Me A Gold Chocolate...
MANILA, Philippines – Pound-for-pound king Manny ‘Pacman’ Pacquiao opened another branch of his novelty shop selling branded “Team Pacquiao” items and collectibles at City Center in SM North Edsa on August 14. Media people and fans swarmed into Team Pacquiao store for the chance to meet their idol. store blessing. ribbon cutting. Manny together with his lovely wife Jinky and...
Akihabara: Japan's Electric Town
Akihabara or simply “Akiba” for many Japanese is dubbed as the famous “Electric Town”; situated on the eastern side of the central Chiyoda ward. It is considered as one of the biggest, if not the biggest, electronic shopping areas in Japan. The district is girdled by hundreds of stores of various sizes: some just like a niche on the wall, others to several stories of...
Ueno - Ameyoko Market
If you’re looking for a place in Tokyo that still offers the sounds, sights and smells of Asia, without getting on a plane, Ameyoko Market in Ueno is the place to go to, with its vibrant and bustling ambience, boisterous litter of stalls, friendly and lively vendors, and brimming crowd of international shoppers. Legend says that the name “Ameyoko” is a short form for...
Eiga Sai 2011 Goes to the UP Film Institute
Japanese film enthusiasts and the general public can look forward to another round of exquisite Japanese cinematic event this August featuring 9 highly-acclaimed Japanese master pieces that portray slices of Japanese culture. Following its successful screenings held at the Shang Cineplex Cinema 4, Shangri-La Plaza (July 1 to 10), Gaisano Grand Citimall, Davao (July 22-24), and Ayala...
Brillante Mendoza: A Man With a Brilliant Mind
Check out my feature story titled “Brillante Mendoza: A Man with a Brilliant Mind” in MAHARLIKA Magazine and THE FILIPINO-JAPANESE Journal. Soon! =)
Misoshiru Over Kohi?!
Give up coffee and caffeine altogether! That was the objective of Marukome, a popular miso maker company in Japan when they introduced “One Shot”, a miso soup dispenser designed to replace instant coffee maker in Japanese workplaces. This machine will be available in the market before the year ends and costs 3,000 yen. While a single serving of the miso soup costs 20 yen. Now that’s healthy...
Just Craving For Japanese Food
We all love Japanese food. But what’s your favorite? Here’s a list of my top 10 most preferred Japanese and Japanized dishes in random order. Take a peek at these drool-worthy cuisines. 10. Yakiniku (焼き肉). Bite-sized meat and veggies on griddles over flame of wood charcoals carbonized by gas or electric grill 9. Cha Han (チャーハン). Steamed rice stir-fried in a wok with...
Are you a spaholic? Did I just hear a resounding Y-E-S? Then you really must be happy because spas have been sprouting like mushrooms all over the metro. You can find them in or outside practically every shopping mall, down the street or just about anywhere. And by the look of it, they are here to stay forever. Spa centers offer a full array of services from facials and massages to manicures...
Odaiba - Its Ultramodern Attractions
Where else can you find a man-made island that is an architectural and engineering marvel and a complete futuristic city by itself? Originally constructed as a fort on reclaimed land to defend the city from foreign invasion in the 1850s, Odaiba is the extensive, gleaming artificial island in Tokyo Bay, that is now one of Japan’s premier tourist attractions and futuristic business districts. ...
Yokohama - Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
Enchanting Yokohama, on the western coast of Tokyo Bay, is the capital of Kanagawa Prefecture and Japan’s second largest city with a population of over three million people, both local and foreign residents. It served as one of the first ports in the country that opened doors for foreign trade in 1858. Though it suffered a massive decline during the Great Kanto Earthquake, Yokohama,...
Leather is in; Rubber is out. Tagged as “Cosmetics For Your Feet”, TKEES (t-keys) are the latest and hottest hit in footwear. There are over 40 different shades to choose from according to your taste, mood and fashion sense. TKEES are available at The Flat Shop in Greenhills Shopping Center. (Photo: stadtdatenbank.de) (Photo: simplysoles.com) (Photo: Google image) hollywood celebs love...
MANGA REALITIES: The Art of Japanese Comics
The Japan Foundation and the Ayala Museum in cooperation with the Contemporary Art Center, Art Tower Mito in Japan, will bring to Manila the traveling exhibition, “Manga Realities: Exploring the Art of Japanese Comics Today”. It is widely known that Japanese manga and anime are attracting global attention today as the leading media of Japanese visual culture. Starting from manga comics by...
Hakone - Owakudani
Protected by diverse forested mountains and spectacularly accentuated by abyss ravines and glens, Hakone is situated between the Izu Peninsula and Mt. Fuji. Its mild and cool climate and an aura of being cocooned in a special nature’s hideaway is the enticing call of Hakone. It is considered a top fave destination among the locals and foreigners alike, offering myriads of attractions...
Tempura Japanese Grill: A Supreme Dining...
Together with my nephews and cousin, we tried Tempura Japanese Grill in TriNoma and we were delighted with the food and service that they rendered us. The 2-year old branch can accommodate up to 88 guests. super comfy seats. cozy ambience. It has a Japanese feel and we just loved it! We ordered… brewed lemon iced tea. (refillable P65) chahan. (P55) gyoza. Japanese...
VANS Collaborates with Hello Kitty
It was a gloomy day but that didn’t stop us from attending the much-awaited launch of the Vans x Hello Kitty limited edition shoes last July 31. Along with my nephew, we took a cab from QC all the way to Glorietta 3 in Makati. collaboration. VANS joins forces with the global icon Hello Kitty limited edition. The uber cute lineup of the VANS x Hello Kitty shoes consists of the classic...