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Your mother is walking miracles to you. This Mother’s Day show your appreciation and love for her by treating her to a lavish Sunday brunch, the Manila Pavilion Hotel crowns the queen of our hearts with awe-inspiring offerings that is sure to make her feel truly special. Reward your mom with genuine affection by allowing her to celebrate the joy of being a mother. 


Indulge her appetite with a sumptuous Mother’s Day Special Buffet lunch on May 08 at our very own interactive lifestyle restaurant – Seasons. With a group of three or more and get special treats from our sponsors (Dermcare, Tony and Jackey, and Metro Dental).


Start the gastronomic experience with (best seller dish that will be served on lunch). Make sure to order The Manhattan Whiskey Shower – a mixture of Bourbon whiskey, sweet Vermouth and Angostura Bitter. To cap off the experience, give in to the heavenly goodness of Patisserie’s Mango Cheesecake.


Pamper moms with a relaxing and luxurious getaway by availing our room packages for as low as Php 3,600 nett.


For inquiries and reservations visit the Manila Pavilion Hotel at United Nations Avenue corner Maria Orosa Street in Manila.  Log on to or call 5261212, for inquiries and reservations; Like or Follow @WaterfrontMNL for regular updates.

Enjoy up to 80% off at the Great Brazilian Madness Sale in SM Megamall

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Beat the summer heat in style and enjoy 80% off on your favorite footwear brands at the Great Brazilian Madness Sale happening at the SM Megamall B, Megatrade Hall 3.


From April 29 to May 1, 2016, enjoy a wide range of footwear style and selection with Ipanema’s colorful and trendy flip flops, Grendha’s sophisticated yet playful sandals and wedges or Rider’s after-sport and adventure footwear.


So be chic and fashionable this summer season and swing by the Great Brazilian Madness Sale!


Unit 602 SEDCCO 1 Building
120 Rada corner Legaspi Streets
Legaspi Village, Makati City
Tel: +63 2 8939355

Nursery and Mommy Makeovers Come Hand-in-Hand

Don’t miss out on PhilSTAR’s Modern Living TV” latest episode as celebrity hosts and STAR lifestyle columnists Bianca Gonzalez and Stephanie Zubiri speed you up on the top trends for new mommies—from child-friendly design to glamorous makeovers for mommies.




This Saturday, April 30, join Steph as she embarks on yet another design challenge this season as she checks out perfectly designed nursery interiors for her own upcoming bundle of joy. Learn the secret of how to make your nursery stand out from the rest while also keeping it child-friendly and functional at the same time.


On the other hand, Bianca is in for a completely different design challenge as her fashion stylists and beauty experts give the hard-working mom a much deserved makeover. Observe Bianca’s fashion and make-up overhaul this episode and find out how to replicate a fresh look for the summer.


The fifth season of Modern Living TV has 13 episodes, running every Saturday since March 5 until May 28 on ANC at 10:30 a.m., with replays on Sundays at 6 p.m. Modern Living TV is the first lifestyle TV show by a news media organization.


Every 30-minute episode of Modern Living TV features the latest eye candy in the form of breathtaking living spaces and other elements of modern living. The show will also present informative and entertaining segments that feature the hottest lifestyle trends.


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120 Rada corner Legaspi Streets
Legaspi Village, Makati City
Tel: +63 2 8939355

Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) Receives Award from Merrell

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Merrell Senior Concessionaire Charisse Aquino, Merrell President Charles Yu and TPB’s Officer-in-Charge for Media Relations and Communications Arnold Gonzales


The Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) was recognized by Merrell, the high-performance footwear brand, for their unrelenting support not just to Merrell’s “Getaway To Adventure” campaign but also in the promotion of fun, safe and memorable adventures in the country.


TPB was also acknowledged for its efforts to promote the Philippines as Asia Pacific’s adventure capital, showcasing the country as a world-class destination.


The Philippines has indeed many well-known and developing destinations for outdoor travel and with the support of the government and the private sector, the country will continue to increase the number of both local and international travelers.


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120 Rada corner Legaspi Streets
Legaspi Village, Makati City
Tel: +63 2 8939355

Could Your Back Pain Be SCIATICA?

Customarily, back pain is more likely experienced at the age of 30 and above. And recently, I have been experiencing back pains especially at the lower back. As the term itself, it’s really painful and uncomfortable.




But what are the factors that gives a higher risk of developing back pain? (Well, other than being pregnant, if you are.)

1- stressful job/strenuous physical work
2- inactive/sluggish lifestyle
3- depression/anxiety
4- obesity/overweight
5- unproper, strenuous physical exercise
6- poor posture


Among these, I can possibly relate mine to numbers 2, 3, 4 and 6. Hmm… Maybe the 2nd and 6th are on top of the reasons why I have back pains. Yeah, I have a sedentary lifestyle. I do not exercise as before. I usually lay in bed and rest on my free time. And with that, I feel more tired always. And 6th, yes, because I usually adopt hunched sitting position when using computers which really can result in increased back and shoulder problems.


The BIG question is, could your back pain be SCIATICA? So, what is SCIATICA?


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Symptoms (from

  • lower back pain that extends through the hip and buttock and down one leg
  • pain usually affects only one leg and may get worse when you sit, cough, or sneeze
  • leg may also feel numb, weak, or tingly at times
  • symptoms of tend to appear suddenly and can last for days or weeks


Causes of Sciatica (from

  • Herniated Disc – sometimes referred to as a slipped disc; occurs when the soft inner core of the disc leaks out, or herniates, through the fibrous outer core and irritates the contiguous nerve root
  • Degenerative Disc Disease – occurs with aging; weakened disc
  • Isthmic spondylolisthesis – occurs when a small stress fracture allows one vertebral body to slip forward on another
  • Lumbar spinal stenosis – narrowing of the spinal canal; again, this is relative to aging (common in adults over age 60)
  • Piriformis syndrome – The sciatic nerve can get irritated as it runs under the piriformis muscle in the buttock. If the piriformis muscle irritates or pinches a nerve root that comprises the sciatic nerve, it can cause sciatica-type pain.
  • Sacroiliac joint dysfunction – Irritation of the sacroiliac joint—located at the bottom of the spine—can also irritate the L5 nerve, which lies on top of the sacroiliac joint, causing sciatica-type pain.


The terms could be very technical, yet, the explanations are easy to understand.


It’s scary that we might think of our back pains are  just simple cases, but unknowingly, these could be advanced cases such as this sciatica. I have been addicted recently to watching chiropractic in YouTube that is where I encountered knowing sciatica.


A week from now, I’ll be having our company’s annual physical exam. I hope there’s nothing serious with this back pain. Well, honestly, I am afraid and praying that I don’t have it.


So, as of now, what I can do and I can advice to you guys is to exercise regularly but remember not to overly do it or make it too exhausting. Maybe stretching and some jogging will do. There are also some easy-to-follow exercises or dance / Zumba in YouTube that you may use as guide. And of course, even we are living in the computer era, let us always remember to have a good posture.


If you have an extra budget, you can also have a good massage. It also soothes back pain somehow. It helps increase blood circulation and muscle relaxation.


Let’s all be mindful of our health. Remember, WE ARE NOT GETTING ANY YOUNGER. 🙂



Ginataang Bilo-Bilo (Sticky Rice Balls in Coconut Milk)



Ginataang Bilo-Bilo or Sticky Rice Balls in Coconut Milk is a popular dessert/merienda in the Philippines. In our province (Quezon), we also call it as “Pinaltok”. This is very easy to cook, here’s how:



1 cup Sago

2 cups Gata (Coconut Milk)

2 cups Water

3 cups Glutinous Rice + 1 1/2 cups Water (Form into Rice Balls)


1 Sweet Potato (cubed)

3 Saba (Plantain) (cubed)

1 cup Langka (Jackfruit)

1 cup Sugar



1- Prepare the rice balls by combining glutinous rice and water until a dough is formed.

2- Shape the dough into small balls. Set aside.

3- In a large pot, combine 1 cup of coconut milk and water. Stir occasionally.

4- Upon boiling, drop the rice balls.

5- When the dough starts to float, add the sweet potatoes and wait until half-cooked.

6- Add the bananas/plantain and cook for 5 minutes.

7- Add the langka/jackfruit, 1 cup coconut milk, sago and sugar.

8- Cook for another 5 minutes or until sauce is thick.

9- Best served when hot.


Enjoy! 🙂