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Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf Halloween Treat

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Visit any Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf store on October 27, between 7pm and 9pm, and yell… “TRICK OR POMEGRANATREAT!” and you’ll receive a regular sized Pomegranate Frozen Swirl – on the house!

Okay, be fair, boys and girls. One treat per person only 🙂

Written by Raffy Pekson II

October 25, 2010 at 11:25 pm

American Business in Philippines More Optimistic

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American business in the Philippines are the second most optimistic in Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), second only to Singapore, according to a survey by the ASEAN Business Outlook Survey 2010.

Based on the survey, 66 percent of total respondents said they expect their profits to increase in 2010, while 82 percent said they expect profits to increase in 2011.

The survey further said that respondents in the Philippines show increasing optimism about the future of the local economy.

Read more at U.S. News Las Vegas

Written by Raffy Pekson II

October 25, 2010 at 2:24 pm

Long Beach honors October as Filipino-American History Month

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Long Beach’s Filipino-American population will now be honored in October, as City Council unanimously voted to officially designate October as Filipino-American History Month last Tuesday evening.

First District Councilman Robert Garcia, the primary author of the council resolution, said approximately 20,000 Filipino-Americans live in the Long Beach area, and that number is likely to increase once 2010 U.S. Census data is tallied.

According to City Council documents, the United States Congress currently is considering legislation (H.R. 155) to grant official status to Filipino American History Month.

The Long Beach City Council declared the boundaries of the city’s Filipino Neighborhood in 1992, which are Santa Fe Avenue from 20th Street to Spring Street.


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October 25, 2010 at 1:49 pm

Free Recipe – Suman Na May Latik

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When I encountered this foodie blog “Sugarlace,” the first thing that came to mind was having to trek Quezon to buy this one-of-a-kind delicacy from the market, packaged in a small square basket, with the rice-based sticky thingie wrapped in banana leaves with a small bottle of (still) sticky, gooey, sweet, thck sauce. It was because of my in-laws that I discovered this kind of their specialty from their province.

This is dessert in the Philippines, the only way Filipinos would die for after a scrumptous meal of meat with all the fat trimmings you can ask. Enjoy and thanks for Trisha, the 24 25 year old Filipina-Chinese from Sydney, Australia.

Please go to her blog-post to get all the ingredients and instructions on how to prepare one of the best-tasting desserts in the world.

Read more at Sugarlace

Written by Raffy Pekson II

October 25, 2010 at 1:14 pm

Manny Pacquiao has small role in new Nike TV ad

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If you watch the entire Nike “Say Boom” advertisement, you’ll see the boxing fight in the television set features the Philippines international boxing champ Manny Pacquiao in a live boxing fight.

Source: Digital Journal

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October 14, 2010 at 8:58 pm

North Carolina Physicians for Peace helps 17-year old in the Philippines

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A brief conversation, an e-mail from the U.S. to the Philippines and less than $200 helped set in motion a chain of healing that culminated this summer in an optical implant for a 17-year-old girl.

Edita Adams heard about Seeing Clearly, Physicians for Peace’s comprehensive optometric eye care program, at a fundraiser for the group last May in Chapel Hill, N.C. After the event, Adams asked Physicians for Peace to help one of her relatives in the Philippines, a teenager named Mary Grace who was hit in the eye by a coat hanger in 2006. The accident deformed and incapacitated Mary Grace’s eye and robbed the girl of her self esteem.

Read more at Read Media

Written by Raffy Pekson II

October 14, 2010 at 8:16 pm

Qatar Telecom (QTel) may increase stake in Philippines thru Liberty Telecoms

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Qtel may raise its shareholding in the Philippines’ Liberty Telecoms company and is discussing further expansion of the mobile broadband venture with local partner San Miguel Corporation, according to reports from the Reuters news agency.

Qatar’s dominant telco currently has a 32.7% stake in Liberty, while San Miguel holds 33% of the holding company, which is valued on the market at just under US$110 million. Its subsidiary, Liberty Broadcast Networks, operates a WiMax based Wi-Tribe 4G broadband service which launched in February, following similar ventures by Qtel and Saudi Arabia’s A A Tukri Group (Atco) in Jordan and Pakistan.

Read more at Rapid TV News

Written by Raffy Pekson II

October 14, 2010 at 7:28 pm

Tweety de Leon-Gonzalez on Urban Mom Mini-magazine

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After all these years, marriage and kids, Philippine celebrity Tweety de Leon-Gonzalez is still as vibrant as she was during her modeling days. She was already talked about during her college days, much more when she hit the modeling world and media waves. I first met Tweety during my Avon days when she was the official endorser of Avon Color, together with her colleague Patty Betita. She went on to marry my high school classmate – small world in an already small world.

I got the Urban Mom small magazine (what do you call this kind of publication anyway?) free from the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf cafe at Burgos Circle in The Fort. It’s still out there so grab a copy now.

Way to go, Tweety!

Website: Urban Mom

Written by Raffy Pekson II

October 9, 2010 at 4:19 am

Duke of York Entertaining a Filipina Beauty

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Vanity Fair (VF) reports Prince Andrew, Duke of York, is entertaining 25-year-old Alexandra Escat for some time now. Escat caught the eye of the world’s paparazzi when she was seen ‘getting oozy’ with Prince Andrew on a yatch.

Alexandra Escat is reportedly described as ‘an ambitious model type who hails from the Philippines, where she appeared in commercials for the Filipino hair conditioner Creamsilk.’

So far, Escat hasn’t breathed a word about her relationship with Andrew, according to VF.

Source: Vanity Fair

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October 2, 2010 at 8:15 pm

Willie Revillame Becomes a ‘Kapatid’ with Manny Pangilinan

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Former Wowowee host Willie Revillame, suspended indefinitely by ABS-CBN, has formally been inducted into “Kapatid” TV5, the network that Manny Pangilinan (or MVP as he’s usually referred to) recently bought. Kapatid is the tag line that TV5 uses to ride along the monikers of ABS-CBN’S “Kapamilya” and GMA-7’S “Kapuso”.

TV5 is coming up with a revival of Wowowee called “Willing Willie,” which also includes a talent search portion. MVP mentions looking forward to working with Willie Revillame’s team and his new manager and business partner Vic del Rosario, owner of Viva Films. This all depends on the outcome of the legal battle between Willie Revillame and ABS-CBN on the former’s contract with latter despite being suspended.

Source: Manila Standard Today

Written by Raffy Pekson II

October 2, 2010 at 7:08 pm