February 17, 2012

MAGFI Magicians Foundation Inc. Oathtaking Ceremonies

Magic (sometimes referred to as stage magic to distinguish it from paranormal or ritual magic) is a performing art that entertains audiences by staging tricks or creating illusions of seemingly impossible or supernatural feats using natural means. These feats are called magic trickseffects, or illusions. -- from Wikipedia the Free Encyclopedia

QUEZON CITY, PHILIPPINES - Last February 6, 2012, the most awaited oath taking ceremonies for the Magicians Foundation Inc. (MAGFI) was held in the Rotary Club, Roces, QC.

Magicians Foundation Inc., more popularly known as MAGFI is a group of acclaimed Filipino magicians in various types of expertise and exposition.

Below is the new MAGFI 2012 roster:

Dr. Ronaldo Moraleta M.D.

Ferdinand "Chubster" Flores

Samuel Fuentes

Marcus Ondevilla

Christopher Orbon

Elmer Bustos

Demetrio "Master Dem" Cuizon

Arnold Allanigui
Jervey "Flooch" Capili

Frederic Tabigne
Jester Tallod

The new president, Ferdinand "Chubster" Flores, while giving an enlightening speech.
Photo by: Mr. Solomon Cu
simply enjoying the night..
Photo by: Mr. Solomon Cu
Me and my friend blogger, Janese of http://lakwatseramom.blogspot.com
with the newly elected President of MAGFI. 
Photo by: Mr. Solomon Cu
The new set of officers lighted the candles as a symbol of trust and honesty to their new responsibility while stating their oath.

And with the newly elected members of the MAGFI officers, together they will bring magic and unity to its highest level and create great projects to fulfill in the future. In the name of magic, Congratulations and more power MAGFI! 

Below is a little sneak peek of the oathtaking ceremony:

February 16, 2012

Hooked by the Taste of Ma Mon Luk

With the sudden rainy days approaching this past few days, how about kicking out to get some little bit of hot and tasty comfort food?

After Valentine's Day, me and my blogger friends came to have a lunch out at the historic Ma Mon Luk House, in their branch located in Banawe, Quezon Ave.

Oldie style Ma Mon Luk menu posted on the wall of the restaurant upon entering
That was my first time to enter the restaurant. As I went inside, I suddenly had a feeling that I was back in the early era. The marble tables, wooden chairs, tenured waiters, old picture frames on the wall and the smell of that Special Mami whiff just kept me in that bizarre mood.

Kind waiters of Ma Mon Luk will hand you this vintage menu  for your order

According to my friends, Ma Mon Luk has the best mami, best pancit and the best siopao they've ever tasted in their life! Now its time to try these foodies! <tastebuds attack!>

Ma Mon Luk's Original Special Mami (Php 105-big bowl; Php 95-small bowl)
Special Mami and Special Siopao: A Big Perfect Combination 
Special Siopao (Asado, Pork & Chicken) - Php 60
We decided to try Ma Mon Luk's specialties such as the Special Mami, Special Siopao and some other MML trademarks. I tried the legendary Ma Mon Luk's Original Special Mami in a small bowl, I first took a sip of the mami soup (that I regularly do whenever I encounter mami), and the savory taste of the soup crossed my taste buds. The noodles were medium thick, the soup was really tasty (tasty like you'll never need to add fishsauce or pepper!), the chicken/pork toppings were so well done, the chinese noodles was so satisfying, it filled my stomach like it was my last lunch.

Beef Mami (Php 115 - Large Bowl)
One of my friends opt for a Special Beef Mami, since she is not fond of eating pork. The moment that the waiter served the Beef Mami, since I was sitting near her, the beef aroma of her mami tickled my senses. I can say that her mami looks so delicious, and tempting.

Chicken ala Ma Mon Luk (Php 165)
We also tried one of their newest dishes, the Chicken ala Ma Mon Luk. It is like chicken adobo but in a newer, modern twist. The chicken was cooked, fried before it is tossed in the flavorful sauce. The sauce was rich, and really tasty. 

Sweet and Sour Pork (Php 130)
Another dish we tried is the Sweet and Sour Pork. It is like your normal sweet and sour style pork dish but savored with big chunks on pineapple tossed and cooked until the sweetness tenderized the pork. It was so flavorful, that I had 3 rounds of rice only for this, and all I can say is, this is love at first taste!

Ma Mon Luk's Ultimate Sinful Fried Rice
P.S. The Chicken ala Ma Mon Luk and Sweet and Sour Pork dishes are very very good together with their sinful Fried Rice. I say its sinful due the large amount of rice that you will consume without even noticing!

Until now, I still have that little hangover whenever I remember how good the Ma Mon Luk dishes were. I am planning to come back to this restaurant for another round of satisfying goodness, but now with my sister who will be celebrating her birthday! Let's see if she will enjoy our future food trip in MML and if she will also get this immortal craving for Ma Mon Luk like me! Look! I am definitely hooked by the taste of Ma Mon Luk! :)

How about you? Have you tried eating at Ma Mon Luk? Maybe you can share your experience too! 

January 15, 2012

Going for a Meatless Monday

"Meatless Monday | one day a week, cut out meat"

"I am going to be meatless every Monday.. and this is my pledge." -- Me

I recently joined the Meatless Monday movement -- http://www.meatlessmonday.com/

This pledge is not just for me to blog, but it is a pledge from the heart. Doing this pledge is for health reasons, for I began gaining weight again after the holidays. This could be a great move for my beginning diet, and could help me "un-bloat" and shed little pounds after a food blasting weekend, if there would still be. Haha! Actually, I already started going for a meatless Monday just now, as in today! <it is a Monday today!>

The Meatless Monday website contains not just going for the pledge, but also recipes to help you do your meatless pledge. It is complete with Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and even snacks! This is very great for people who are planning to start on a veggie diet. Yeah, like me.

This US meatless campaign was launched in 2003 in association with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health -- and now, the "cut out meat one day a week" program is already active in 23 countries and counting!

I am encouraging my friends to go Meatless on Mondays! For this could help not only your body but also our planet! :) 

Join the movement! http://www.meatlessmonday.com/join-the-movement/

January 13, 2012

6th Spring Film Festival

Kung Hei Fat Choi!

Spring Festival is here again!

For the opening of Chinese New Year, do you want movies for free? Yes, definitely!

Now on its sixth year, the Ateneo de Manila University Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies and Confucius Institute once again stage the Spring Film Festival.

This year, through the auspices of the Cultural Office of the People’s Republic of China, the festival features six films that cater to different age groups and audiences.  Our leading film, Ocean Heaven, features Jet Li in a family drama.  In the other films, audiences will be treated to a comedy about going home for Chinese New Year, a wedding that sets off the urban/rural debate, an animated film about saving our environment, and the sight of Chow Yun-fat playing the role of Confucius. 

Unlike previous years when a minimal admission fee was charged, this year’s festival will be free admission to the public. Make sure to be there at the Shangrila Cineplex two (2) hours before the film, for tickets run out so fast!

Now to make it more exciting, here are the synopses of the featured films:
Ocean Heaven – Ocean Heaven is a family drama which features a father- Sam Wang (played by Jet Li), who is solely taking care of his autistic child- Dafu. Wang finds out that he has liver cancer and has a few days to live. Not only does Wang have to cope with his own suffering and impending death, he also has to deal with the heartache of leaving Dafu with no immediate family. This heartwarming film shows the challenges of being a single parent and how parents, even on their last days, would do anything just to ensure the safety and happiness of their children. 

Fans of Jet Li will definitely be surprised to see him in this non-Kungfu movie; this role won him the 2010 Wen Zhang Best Actor Award. The movie was also recognized by the Shanghai Media Awards, CCTV Movie Channel Media Awards 2010 and Golden Goblet Award. In July 2011, Li even named one of his charity projects as Ocean Heaven Project to help children with autism, celebral palsy and other disorders.

Lost on Journey-  A comedy film narrating Li Chenggong’s travel home, as he endures a series of bad luck just to celebrate New Year’s Eve with his family.  Li hops from a plane, to a train, to a bus, and to a boat in the desire to be with his relatives during the most important event of the year. And along the way, he meets a stranger, Niu Geng, who later helps him discover something important about himself and the goodness of other people. This movie is a funny presentation of how a stroke of bad luck brought two different worlds together.

Country Wedding- tells a story of a couple who is about to get married. With their respective families getting so excited, their parents started to meddle with their wedding preparations. The bride’s mother insists on holding the wedding at a ritzy hotel in Beijing Central, the groom’s father, being the director of a cooperative in a rural village, feels indebted to the community, and wants to share the wedding to the whole village. The couple gets caught in between conflicting would-be in-laws. This film is a funny portrayal of the clash of cultures between the city and country side.

Confucius – Confucius, known as the “Great Sage”, lived during the time when China’s dynasties were in chaos and engulfed by corruption and greed. He strongly believed that ethics and education will put all things to order. His wisdom was sought by different dynasty leaders but only to be abandoned after he dutifully served his purpose. The world knows so much of his teachings, but little is known of his hardships. This biographical drama shows the sufferings and pain Confucius endured and the principles he fervently kept that became the foundation of China’s ethics, morality and law. Starring Chow Yun-Fat as Confucius, Nominated for Best Actor at the 30th Hong Kong Film Awards. Other nominations include Best Cinematography, Art Design, Costume Design and Original Song.

Bodyguards and Assassins - In 1905, Hongkong was under the British rule and revolution was on the rise. Sun Yat-Sen was set to land in Hong Kong to meet and to unify faction leaders to finally take down the corrupt and crumbling Qing Dynasty. Because of this, Dowager Cixi wanted Sun Yat-Sen assassinated. For the Chinese people who had been clamoring for freedom, they understood that protecting Sun Yat-Sen would mean keeping China’s liberation hopes alive. Li Yutang, a businessman, gathered a tofu vendor, rickshaw pullers, a beggar and an orphan to serve as bodyguards. These bodyguards displayed their superb fighting skills as they battle it out with the assassins to protect Sun Yat-Sen, whom they haven’t even met. This action-historical movie garnered numerous awards from the 4th Asian Film Awards, 29th Hongkong Film Awards,16th Hongkong Film Critics Society Awards and 47th Golden Horse Awards.

King of Milu Deer- This 3D animation movie, it focuses on environment protection. It is a story of a white deer, Yoyo, who turned into a lady and made friends with Tzan-the prince of Kingdom of Clouds and Dreams. Tzan was ordered by the minister to search the Labyrinth Mountain to hunt for the Milu Deer to use it as a sacrifice to bring rains in the kingdom. But Tzan discovered the beauty of the Labyrinth Mountain and got closer to Yoyo. Together, they fought sea lizard monsters, fire, soldiers, and the evil Minister to save the wildlife and natural resources of the Labyrinth Mountain. This movie became the highest grossing Chinese Animated film of all time and received the Best Animated Film of the 13th Huabiao Awards.

Movie Schedule:

January 20, 2012 (Friday)
Country Wedding                            1:00PM
Lost on Journey                              3:00PM

January 21, 2012 (Saturday)
Lost on Journey                              1:30PM
Confucius                                      3:30PM
Bodyguards & Assassins                  6:00PM
Ocean Heaven                                9:00PM

January 22, 2012 (Sunday)
Ocean Heaven                                1:30PM
The King of Milu Deer                      3:30PM
Confucius                                      5:30PM
Bodyguards & Assassins                  8:00PM

January 23, 2012 (Monday)
Country Wedding                             1:30PM
Bodyguards & Assassins                   3:30PM
Ocean Heaven                                 6:30PM
Lost on Journey                               8:30PM

January 24, 2012 (Tuesday)
Bodyguards & Assassins                   1:30PM
Lost on Journey                               4:30PM
Confucius                                       6:30PM
The King of Milu Deer                       9:00PM

January 25, 2012 (Wednesday)
The King of Milu Deer                       1:30PM
Confucius                                       3:30PM
Country Wedding                             6:00PM
Ocean Heaven                                 8:00PM

January 26, 2012 (Thursday)
Lost on Journey                               1:30PM
Country Wedding                             3:30PM
The King of Milu Deer                       5:30PM
Confucius                                       7:30PM

January 27, 2012 (Friday)
Ocean Heaven                                  1:30PM
Confucius                                        3:30PM
Lost on Journey                                5:30PM
Bodyguards & Assassins                    8:00PM

January 28, 2012 (Saturday)
The King of Milu Deer                        1:30PM
Ocean Heaven                                  3:30PM
Lost on Journey                                5:30PM
Bodyguards & Assassins                    7:30PM

January 29, 2012 (Sunday)
Lost on Journey                                1:30PM
Country Wedding                              3:30PM
Bodyguards & Assassins                    5:30PM
Ocean Heaven                                  8:30PM

OTHER ACTIVITIES (2nd Floor, Grand Atrium)

January 20-29
Chinese Painting Exhibit by the Confucius Institute Chinese Painting Students

January 22
Chinese Painting Workshops by Mr. Caesar Cheng and the Confucius Institute Chinese Painting Students

This year's festival was made possible in partnership with Celadon and Shangri-La Plaza, and is sponsored by Credit Suisse, Ateneo de Davao University, Sacred Heart School, University of Cebu, Richwell Trading, Autism Society Philippines, FortMED Medical Clinics, Jesuit Communications, Monster Radio RX93.1, Mellow 94.7, Flexo Manufacturing Corporation, 1st Estan Trading Co., Philippine Pudhai Fraternity, Long Hiat Hometown Association, Kaisa Para Sa Kaunlaran Inc., Asian Dragon Magazine and China Business Magazine.

For more info visit the Ateneo Celadon site at http://ateneo-celadon.org/

For other information, please call Ateneo Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies at: 426-6001 local 5208-5209; 5280. For tickets, please call Shang Cineplex at 633-2227.

January 2, 2012

Pizza Hut New Year Pre-Countdown for 2012

Pizza Hut in cooperation with DOST and Discovery Channel promotes "Juan Time!": an advocacy for Filipino punctuality. Its time to synchronize our time into "Juan Time!"

confetti party!

nemo shining bright lights!

a very very big poinsettia

me and my blogger friend, Ning

giant xmas tree

another giant, a giant timex watch!

Juan Time Advocacy Seal

Ms. Universe 1st runner up, Ms. Shamcey Supsup being interviewed by the press

The Holy Trinity Chorale singing a harmonic Jingle Bells

host points out the countdown to Juan Time

Fireworks lit up Smart Araneta

Shamcey and Venus! Pizza Hut Ambassadresses
It was a very fun party in Smart Araneta. Together with a big mob, we celebrated a pre-countdown to the new year 2012! It was great synchronizing our time to only one time. The event taught us the importance of punctuality in everything that we do. May all Filipinos follow the new "Juan Time"! Good luck to 2012!