Key players in the business world are cooking up something big and awesome! 

A collaboration between Yupangco Electronics Corporation (Distributor of Yamaha Sound and Audio Technology) headed by Jose Mari Laurel Yupangco, the grandson of our former President of the Philippines (Jose P. Laurel) and TAG Media and Public Relations headed by Engr. Grace Bondad Nicolas (Entrepreneur, Broadcaster, Writer, Public Speaker) led to the birth of the Asia Leaders Forum in Real Estate to be held in Davao, March 30, 2017 (10a-4p).



Held last January 31, 2017 at The Misono Japanese Restaurant in Makati, the first Asia Leaders Forum, the first in a series of events this year, included Dr. Elton Tan of E-Hotels, Robert Laurel Yupangco of Zoomanity Group, Engr. Ben Co of BSC Construction, Mario Berta of Flyspaces, Congressman Prospero "Butch" Pichay of Surigao Del Sur, Koo Kwan Kon of Global Morning City Development, Tanya Llana of Victoria Court, LiZan Kuzter of Impact Hub Manila among others as key speakers. Some of the key attendees during that night includes representatives from SMDC, ProFriends, DMCI, DibZ and Megaworld.

And for our 2nd Asia Leaders Forum, we will be featuring subject matter experts who are considered pioneers and trailblazers in their field.

With this in mind, participants can expect to gain insights on how to gain a competitive edge and beat the myriad of other real estate participants chasing deals. Our experts will share their strategies, best practices and tips on how to maximize your resources to promote the Philippines.

For this year of ASEAN 50th Anniversary and the chairmanship of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, all eyes are focus to the Philippines as the hosting country, it's time to showcase the skills of the Filipinos and the Philippines products and services. Asia Leaders Forum is just one way to promote the backbone of any organizations and our world class infrastructures and talents.  

The objective of the forum is to promote the Philippines as the premier business hub in Asia and to share to participants the updates with regards to the real estate landscapes in the Philippines & beyond, technology & digital marketing and the government mandates and initiatives to improve the real estate sector in the country and the preparations we are doing for ASEAN 50 since foreign tourist and investors are coming in. 



For more information, please contact grace@tagmedia.asia or call 09166299381.

Free radicals have become quite a buzzword lately. But what are free radicals really? Although it sounds too scientific, we actually encounter it on a daily basis. Cigarette smoke, environmental pollutants, radiation and certain drugs are just some examples of such. Too much exposure to these things can cause damage to our health and can lead to serious illnesses. This is why we need to avoid it by balancing free radicals with antioxidants.
Source: http://www.h2miraclewater.com/ 

Vitamin E is the most common type of antioxidant in the market, which can easily be bought over the counter. Vitamin E aids in repairing damaged skin cells. It also helps maintain the skin’s radiance and healthy glow. Apart from that, it also helps in maintaining the functions of blood vessels, brain and nervous system. It also helps strengthen the immune system and promote good eyesight. Lastly, it is known to help avoid the risk of cancer, heart disease and stroke.


One of the most popular Vitamin E variant in the market is Vita-E. Vita-E contains 400IU Vitamin E which aids and protects the cells from the harmful effects of free radicals. When you take Vitamin E daily, you will notice your skin to be radiant and glowing despite being exposed to elements. So if you want healthier skin and body and a more beautiful you, go with Vita-E.


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Vita-E is high content 400 IU Vitamin E that is made more effective than other Vitamin E preparation. It is a product of extensive research and development with top quality from the collaborating group of ATC Healthcare International Corporation,Phil. United Pharmaceutical Corporation(PUPC) and The Bioscience and Technology Business Centertogether with KanPro Research Incorporated in the University of Kansas. 

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Sequels are often are a hit and miss endeavor. Just take a look at Transformers or Silent Hill and yes, even Matrix as most movie experts believe it to be. (Disclaimer: I enjoyed and loved all these movies.)It just didn't have the same spark as the first. 

This is why we cringe whenever we see sequel trailers in the cinema. We want to believe it would be good and we pray to all the movie gods for it to be good. Sometimes our prayers get answered but more often than not, we end up with a buttload of disappointment, frustration and a whole lot of pain. 

But all is not lost as there is some glimmer of hope in the horizon. (Cue in Ghostbusters song)
Source: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/original-ghostbusters-cast-are-they-767702 
Yes, that's right! I'm talking about Ghostbusters and how this 2016 reiteration of a well-loved and successful movie sets the bar high for how sequels should be done (though technically, it is not a sequel but rather a reboot but what the heck, right?).

First released in 1984, Ghostbusters captured the imagination of moviegoers and made nerdy and geeky look cool before it was even cool! Starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Emie Hudson, Ghostbusters (1984) is a comedy that relied on special effects, quick-witted (and intelligent, if I may add)humor and quotable quotes that will be forever etched in our memories. 
Source: http://www.vanityfair.com/ 
I mean, who could forget this line: "If there's something strange in your neighborhood, who you gonna call? Ghostbusters!" I certainly would not. Given its commercial success and rightful place as a beloved classic, Ghostbusters is a top act to follow. So, a Ghostbusters movie with female lead cast can be quite a scary thought (not because they're women but because it's Ghostbusters and Bill Murray).
Source: http://hellogiggles.com/
Fast-forward to 2016 and a brave director named Paul Feig decided that 32 years is long enough of a wait. It's time to bring the Ghostbusters back into the limelight. And yes, it has an all-female ensemble featuring Melissa Mccarthy, Kristen Wigg, Kate Mckinnon and Leslie Jones. To save us all the trouble, the synopsis is below:
Following a ghost invasion of Manhattan, paranormal enthusiasts Erin Gilbert and Abby Yates, nuclear engineer Jillian Holtzmann, and subway worker Patty Tolan band together to stop the otherworldly threat.

So... the most logical question now is: How was it? Did it live it up to the original? 

The answer is YES! Ghostbusters (2016) is a funny and entertaining movie (at least for me) that is perfect for the whole family. Each character is given unique personalities with quirky characteristics and unique humor, and are brilliantly played by everyone including Chris Hemsworth with his hot yet dim-witted character-Kevin. Never a dull moment in the movie because of this and of course, the well-written story. 
Source: http://www.avclub.com/
The action sequences are entertaining and comical at the same time. I particularly loved the scene during a heavy metal concert and the fight scenes with the ghosts of Macy's Parade. I am not sure but I think they kinda broke the 3rd wall during the last part of the movie. 

Overall, Ghostbusters (2016) is a walk down memory lane that will leave you feeling nostalgic and wanting to watch the original series for old time's sake. 

Yes, it is not a sequel but rather a reboot but I'd like to think of it as a tribute to the movie that celebrated the quirky and nerdy kids in us! And for that, am giving this movie a five-star rating!

Whew! In a few days, 2016 is over. Where did all the time go? I look back and wonder if this year, I made use of my time better. Or did history repeat itself once again? Did I seize opportunities to truly live? Or did I move through life like a zombie, a walking dead oblivious to everything but its survival? 
(My walking dead face)
I can never tell really. 

I know you'd think how can that be. You know your life. You got your memories. You have photos. How can you say you don't know whether you've lived a life worth remembering? 

Because memories can be tricky.

The human brain is such an amazing specimen. It is capable of so many things even making you believe things your heart don't. It can give thousands of reasons to justify actions you wouldn't have done otherwise if you've had half the guts and heart to walk away or choose differently.

But then, the moment passes by and we move on. That is the beauty of life after all.

And that is what this rhetoric is all about. We may lament the things we did and didn't do or try to cling to memories that bring us joy then weigh which tips the scale further up. Whichever it was, we decide whether we had a good year or not. But that's where we all fail for life is not meant to be lived that way. 
Looks pretty good to me.
Pretty good year indeed.
In Paulo Coelho's The Zahir, the narrator was discussing about abandoning one's personal history and creating space for new ones. 
"By repeating it out loud in meticulous detail. As as we tell our story, we say goodbye to what we were and, as you'll see if you try, we create a space for a new, unknown world. We repeat the old story over and over again until it is no longer important to us."
" Is that all?"
 "There is just one other thing: as those spaces grow, it is important to fill them up quickly, even if provisionally, so as to not be left with a feeling of emptiness."
 "How?"
 "With different stories, with experiences we never dared to have or didn't want to have. That is how we change. That is how love grows. And when love grows, we grow with it."

And my point is? It's pretty simple really. There's no point in trying to decide whether 2016 was great for you or not. You've told your stories countless of times. It's time to let it go as we let go of the year that was. It's time to create space for new memories and stories as the new year begins. 

In the book, the narrator asked Mikhael if he'll lose the important memories when he begins to let go of his personal history to which Mikhael replied, 
"Never. The important things always stay; what we lose are the things we thought were important but which are, in fact, useless, like the false power we use to control the energy of love."
Just like the narrator, I fear I will forget things if I don't look back and try to understand how my year had been. But then again, that's what friends and families and photographs are for. The truly important ones never fade. As long as you have love in your heart, it will always be there.
Unforgettable memories. 
Weirdos forever <3

Ohana <3

So as we end 2016, let us all let go of our personal history. Let's create spaces for new memories and stories as we begin 2017. Let us not be slaves to regrets, false hopes and our past. Life has so much to give. The question is: Are you ready to take it? 

Where in the world (or at least the PH) is Burias Island?  If you had asked me that question 6 months ago, I wouldn’t have an answer.  I had no idea such island even exists until Yssa asked me if I wanted to go there.

And because kaladkaring bata  ako, I said yes even before I saw the pictures. All I had to base my decision on was the itinerary, the dates and the price, which was a steal if you ask me. As it turns out that Burias Island is in the province of Masbate and Mr. Google showed us what a wonderful place it is.

And so it was settled – Yssa, Reb, Lilian and I will be going on an adventure.  All of us have never been on a trip together so I thought only two things will happen- either we all click and have a good time or FO na kami after the trip lol. It turns out that we all are each other's travel buddies.

Getting There: A Bumpy Ride

With my head buzzing from lack of sleep and beer (from an earlier dinner shiz with colleagues), Yssa and Reb picked me up from Eastwood then met with Lilian in McDonald’s Shell Ortigas. After waiting for like forever, iTravel finally arrived.

We were asked to stay at the back of the van, which is a bit cramped for the four of us plus our bags. Not quite what I had in mind but hey, what’s a little inconvenience for days in paradise, right? This would’ve been fine and dandy if not for the fast and furious-like driving of Kuya Driver. He drove so fast even in zigzag roads that you would hear heads banging on the window. I think I got some sort of concussion because of it. 

Anyway, we arrived in San Andres, Quezon around 5a and we’re treated to a glorious sight. We wasted no time in taking pictures and capturing the moment.



After a few minutes, our tour guide informed us that we’ll be having breakfast before we go island hopping. They took us where there’s a carinderia (note: just one) and that’s where we got our coffee fix and hot noodles. And since lunch is not included in the package, we decided to buy some bread, cheese spread, rice and ulam (which surprisingly lasted until our last day in the island lol). 

And so adventure begins.



Animasola Island

This place is just breathtakingly beautiful! Its crystal clear waters, coral-filled white sand, and beautiful rock formations just screams perfection.  So we did what normal people would do. We took pictures –lots and lots of it and frolic under the sun. With such beauty, who could resist?





Burias Island

Since we got a bit delayed, we decided to have our lunch en route to the next destination- Burias Island. I would say this one's my favorite because it's just absolutely beautiful. During low tide, its sandbar connects it to islets in the area. When we went there, only half of the sandbar can be seen but it's more than enough for us. The water is warm and cold at the same time which is kinda weird but fun experience :D



Sombrero Island


Sombrero Island is our last stop for the day and where we spent the night. As soon as we got there, it started raining so we opted to rent a hut for p1500 instead of the free use of tent.  Compared to the other islands, this area is more developed with several huts for rent. They also have restrooms (with pay) and generators for charging your devices. You might want to pack extra food, drinking water and alcohol (if you drink) if you plan on staying longer than overnight as the stores can sometimes run out of supplies.




Alibijaban Island

The next day, we woke up early ready to get back to reality but before we did, we had one last stop. This beautiful island required us to jump off the boat to get to the top and that's when chaos began lol. Since I dunno how to swim but wanted to push myself, I got off the boat and I had panic attack that lasted 10mins with me cursing and crying ahaha. But thankfully, my friends and my sheer determination to be safe made me go back onboard and just take these beautiful pictures lol.



Saying goodbye...

This trip was such a treat from start to finish (and yes, that includes my panic attack in the middle of the ocean). To be away from the hustle and bustle of the city and just enjoy the peace and quiet offered by island life is an experience unlike any other.


But all good things must come to an end. Nevertheless, I have pictures and memories to keep me sane until our next adventure! 




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