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Friday, June 26, 2020

#NCDFoodtrip: Escalante-Mitra Bulalohan and other Bicolano Foods

#NCDFoodtrip From a 40-year old family recipe of Bulalo to affordable and delicious home cooked meals, Escalante - Mitra Bulalohan is a keeper. 🥰

Bicol Express, Lechon Kawali and Bulalo will mean more rice at Escalante-Mitra Bulalohan

3 Quick Notes About #EscalanteMitraBulalohan
✔️ Bulalo Cravings
✔️ Bicolano Food
✔️ Affordable Lutong Bahay

Aside from the Bulalo only priced at P180 being the main dish of the house, my personal favorite is the Ginataang Spicy Beef (2nd photo) which I learned that it’s a signature dish of Escalante Bulalahon, so please keep this as a MUST TRY.

Another favorite is the Gulay na Santol! Oh my for only 30 pesos! The Bicol Express was flavory Bicol of course. Lechon Kawali, special Fresh Lumpia and the Ensaladang Talong was also for the win 🤗

📍They are located along Diversion Road, right infront of C-Bros. Perfect for travelers and on the spot source of ulam for your homes. If you are familiar with them, they were located along Dayangdang before.

Ginataang Spicy Beef

Oh, they also sell #CamNorte delicacies Maza Podrida, Pili Roll and the like. So if you’re craving for them, just visit their store.

Gulay na Santol

Fresh Lumpia and Ensalad

Store is open from 7AM to 8PM. 
🛵They also accept deliveries until 7PM. Just send them a message in their FB Page for inquiries https://www.facebook.com/escalantemitrabulalohan/
✔️They offer party trays/packs too!
☎️ ‭+63 951 610 2848‬

Friday, June 19, 2020

Redefining the Customer Experience at SM City Naga

Malling might be a different experience these days but SM City Naga redefines customer service fast and easy. 

The SM City Naga Concierge at the mall’s Event Center receives order from customer through sms, hotline, online and walk-in. SM Concierge can do the shopping for you, pay your bills, or book appointment with your preferred wellness center. 

SM City Naga has partnered with MavenHands, Pandelivery, Beshie and Food Panda to provide dedicated “ Shoppers” that you may book from the comfort of your own home. Simply contact us via our Facebook Messenger. Fill up a form, and a personal shopper will be designated to you. Once the shopper has completed your order, he will have your basics delivered at your doorstep or you may pick up your essentials at our designated pick up point located at the mall's main entrance.

Great Gifts for Dad From The SM Store Naga's Call to Deliver

Whether being homebound together has made you appreciate Dad more, or you’ve been missing him as boundaries separate, make him feel special with The SM Store’s Father’s Day Gift Essentials and have them delivered to him on his very special day through #SMCalltoDeliver! 

The SM Store’s call to deliver catalogue features great gifts for Dad that will touch his heart:

A Gift of Memories. Whether capturing family’s best moments or his new norm 

adventures, dads will surely love a new gadget like the FujiFilm Mirrorless Digital 

Camera or Go Pro Hero Max Action Camera.

 A Gift of Time. Days with Dad are priceless, and it’s amazing how he has always found time for you despite his busy schedule. Organizers for his favorite watch collection will surely bring a big smile to his face.

 A Gift of Fashion and Fitness. A nice pair of rubber shoes, tees, shirts and dri-fit shorts for your dad’s work out from home activity.

 A Gift of Scent-sibility. Either a new scent or his signature scent will add zest to his special day.

 A Gift of Cool. Keep Dad safe with smart and protective helmets as his takes his ride.

For other Father’s Day gift ideas at the SM store SM City Naga call the #SMCallToDeliver hotline (0917 855 0941, 0917 855 7363) from Mondays to Fridays, 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM for inquiries, or check out the catalog 


Stay in the loop with latest #SMCallToDeliver updates, and join The SM Store Viber Community Group https://bit.ly/2XLyD

Saturday, May 2, 2020

Health Home-Works from SM Home

With most of us homebound these days, it's the best time to start good health habits by preparing nutritious meals for the family, and creating a wellness based lifestyle whose benefits we will enjoy beyond the quarantine. It's also the best time to rediscover the simple joys life and of doing things together. 

SM Home, the one-stop shop for all of your home essentials, shares with us some healthy home-works from UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization in maintaining a healthy lifestyle:

1. Prepare a Weekly Meal Plan and make a shopping list of items you need before you go to the store for your routine shopping. Create the list from the meal plan and include back up ingredients on your list in case your first choice is out of stock. Limit the list on buying the essentials.

2. Stock up on nutrition-packed food such as whole grains, breads, and fresh fruits and vegetables; and staples like sauces, milk, eggs, spices and condiments. Fresh products should be consumed first. Frozen fruits and vegetables as well as canned vegetables and fruits are good alternatives as these have a longer shelf life.

3. Build up a stock of healthy snacks for your children - yogurt, nuts, cheese, chopped or dried fruits, boiled eggs and more. Stock them up in a stackable glass container to seal freshness and label them.

Juice up to boost your immune system with this handy Oster Mason Jar Blender.
Available at thesmstore.com and ShopSM app.
4. Continue to practice Food Hygiene and Safety. Wash fruits and vegetables under running water and dry it with vegetable spinner; use separate chopping boards for meat and seafood as you prepare the meal; and don’t forget to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for 20 seconds before and after preparing your meal.

5. Drink water regularly and stay hydrated by drinking 6-8 glasses a day to boost your immune system.

6. Make cooking and eating together a family habit. Kids can help wash and sort the ingredients and set the table before the meal. This creates a healthy routine and fun bonding with the whole family. Also practice mindful eating and stay away from processed food.

​Enjoy healthy home-works and memorable meals together with home essentials from SM Home. These are available at the smhome.com.ph and shoppers can now place their order online through the thesmtore.com and ShopSM app. For more info and updates, follow them at SM Home at the SM Store in Instagram or visit thesmstore.com website.

Shell augments relief efforts in CamSur coastal town

What happens to poorest of the poor when hit with a crisis? Everything and everyone slowed down in terms of living when corona virus diseas (Covid-19) started to spread all over the world. Camarines Sur also known for its edge in tourism is not spared from this uncertainties.

Pasacao, a third-class town in Camarines Sur in the Bicol region and around 40 minutes away from Naga city, is home to some 50,000 residents whose main source of income is farming and fishery, and employment at the port and some private firms. Life in a coastal town has become even more difficult for daily wage earners forced to stay home under the enhanced community quarantine imposed to prevent the transmission of #Covid19.

Pasacao is supposed to be full to the brim of excursionists as it is also pegged as the "Summer Capital of Camarines Sur" but the tourism industry is likewise halted to keep everyone safe and secure. There is not much activity at the national port in Pasacao, which is the main point of entry by sea in Camarines Sur and where cargo ships unload their goods. Travel is at a standstill so there are no tourists or even locals to ferry from the Pasacao municipal port to Daruanak island or to the town of San Pascual in Masbate, which hosts numerous white sand island beaches.

“Even if not everyone fully understands COVID-19, all of them have to comply with the lockdown so of course, they are worried about where they are going to get their next meal,” says Pasacao CamSur Mayor Nino A. Tayco.

Movement of farm and fishery products is also difficult to reach markets outside the town, so they are forced to sell these products at a lower cost, Tayco says. Supplies and resources are limited and help takes a long time coming because of their distance from the national and provincial governments.

“Relief assistance is not enough,” says Christopher Imperial, one of 3,800 residents of Barangay Sta. Rosa del Sur in Pasacao. His family has received only five kilos of rice since the declaration of the lockdown.

Thus, he is thankful for companies like Shell that are augmenting the town’s relief assistance by providing enough rice, canned goods, noodles, coffee, and other goods for at least 1,000 indigent families in their barangay.
Christopher Imperial with his family after receiving some goods from Pilipinas Shell.
Pilipinas Shell is one of three oil companies that maintains a depot in Barangay Sta. Rosa del Sur. The Shell Pasacao Terminal remains operational despite the lockdown to continue serving the fuel needs of basic goods and service providers in the Bicol region.

“Even before the lockdown, our community receives support from Shell through their various programs,” said Barangay Sta. Rosa del Sur Chairman Boncodin. These include farm and fishery training, livelihood assistance, educational support for elementary schools, health and nutrition program, road safety training and disaster response.

Pasacao may not have lived its title of being "The Summer Capital of CamSur", but surely the locals and nature itself is healing altogether in this fight against #Covid19

View from the top of Daruanak Island

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Enjoy 50 percent off savings and free delivery with love, foodpanda promo

MANILA, PHILIPPINES- Whether you’re raising your glass to romance or celebrating your independence, let love come in the form of special food delivery from the best on-demand food service, foodpanda.

February is the best excuse to order all the food that you love and enjoy the special perks without stepping out of your comfort zone. Not only foodpanda’s operation in Manila, Baguio, Pampanga, Naga, Tagaytay, Cavite, and San Pedro, Laguna are in full swing, it’s also fully operational in provincial key cities like Cebu, Iloilo, Bacolod, Dumaguete, and Tacloban. Areas from down south like General Santos, Davao, Cagayan and de Oro are also now experiencing the convenience of ordering their favorite food at a tap of their fingers! From fancy restaurants, your favorite fast food, to the best new bites in the city,  the 50% off + free delivery perk exclusive offer this love month is everything you need to make the celebration complete! Here are some of the top-rated options to get you feeling comfy and cozy. 

If you’re looking at impressing someone, remember what they say about the way to someone’s heart. Instead of just the usual chocolates and roses, up the ante and order her favorite cake at Tous Les Jours. Their bread and cookies are irresistible  food gifts too, a simple indulgence that you can order for your sweet-toothed family & friends. 

BonChon is another option if Korean crispy chicken is what you and your beau crave, especially they’ve got regular, spicy, and anything in between. Make Valentine’s day extra romantic and share off something the same big plate. Subway’s sandwiches are full of flavor, offers an assortment of choices, and easy to portion for two! From all things meaty, briny seafood, to guiltless veggies, there’s always something here that will fill you and feel good about eating with your someone special. 

Fortified with fresh and all-natural flavors,  wash  everything down with Yi Fang’s fruit juices and premium teas, which are sweetened with the goodness of fruits and compotes.

Nothing says I love you like simple yet thoughtful meals, that’s why something from McDonalds and Rica’s Bacsilog always hit the spot. From breakfast to dinner, burgers and fries are a classic combo while cheese and all things with eggs are feel-good food that can be enjoyed at any time of the day. 

This February, leave the work to foodpanda and skip the long queue, as it delivers fast, fresh, and with love, of course. From the perfect date at home, office gathering or inviting family and friends  at your place, foodpanda is a quick and easy fix that can always deliver straight to the customers’ doors. #NCDfoodtrip

MavenHands, Naga's First All-Around Errand Services

Naga City - Situated here in the Heart of Bicol, we now live in a neighborhood where traffic and congestion is already existent and we are preoccupied with a lot of tasks brought about by work plus personal and family concerns. Online food delivery services was the first industry in Naga that catered to the needs of Naguenos to just tap their orders from their smartphones and have them delivered straight to their doorstep. With all these innovations, Naga City is indeed changing in terms of its demands for living a maogmang lugar state of mind. 

Now how do we maintain that maogmang lugar culture that we have here in Naga given all these hectic schedule? I came across MavenHands on Facebook and the very first reaction that I had when I saw the page? Yes! We can have our house cleaned as in clean, clean where you won't leave any stone unturned, literally and figuratively speaking haha  We don't have any helper at home and we do all the chores in between our busy lives while working. 

MavenHands is "Naga City’s First All Around Errand Service". MavenHands is perfect for busy people, not only for the working class but for those who need an extra pair of hands or two in doing some chores. This helping hand is not just an ordinary hand but expert/quality hands in all of the services available taking it from the name itself "Maven". What's even better? They can do "Custom Jobs", probably any task or errand you need for the day.

Most availed and sought about service is the House Cleaning services, you can read some of the reviews from their FB Page for some testimonies. Rates are available at their FB page so don't hesitate to message them for inquiries. 

The main services are: 
A.)Home Services (House cleaning, ▪️Deep Cleaning ▪️Pressure Washing ▪️Furniture Cleaning and Sanitizing ▪️House Painting ▪️Gardening, Trimming, Weeding ▪️Moving Help ▪️Appliances Repair ▪️Plumbing ▪️Electrical Maintenance ▪️Pest Control ▪️Installations ▪️General Construction ▪️Architectural Planning and Design
B.) Business Services ▪️Office Cleaning ▪️Supplies Buying ▪️Personal Assistant ▪️Driver ▪️Pressure Washing ▪️Car and Truck Detailing and Cleaning ▪️Furniture Cleaning and Sanitizing ▪️Appliances Repair ▪️Electrical Maintenance ▪️Plumbing ▪️Pest Control ▪️General Construction ▪️Architectural  Planning and Design, ▪️Installations
C.) Personal Services ▪️Pet Care  ▪️Companionship ( Babysitting, Hospital Companion) ▪️Driver (W/ or W/out Car) ▪️Personal Assistant
D.) Car Services: ▪️Car Rescue ▪️Denting and Painting  ▪️Bumper and Plastic Parts Repairing ▪️UnderChassis Repairs ▪️Auto Body Repairs ▪️Interior Deep Cleaning ▪️Pressure Washing ▪️Car Detailing 
E.) Event Services ▪️Party preparations ▪️Waiter and Usher ▪️Events Set-up (Ingress and Egress)

Visit their page for bookings and inquiries.

MavenHands is actually one of the answers as to how we can spend more quality time with the people we care about and go through our daily tasks with the some extra MavenHands, thus making Naga City even more maogmang lugar. Whenever we need an extra help, an extra person, an extra hand, MavenHands might just be the answer to your needs. 

Thank you for MavenHands for giving us more reasons why Naga is enough for us that everything we need is right here in our very own city. 

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

foodpanda Riders Left Work to Help Affected Families

The first month of 2020 just ended and we have been through so much, not only here in the Philippines, but worldwide. A test of resiliency for us Filipinos took place like when Taal Volcano erupted this January and when a typhoon pass hit Tacloban during the last quarter of 2019. 

When calamity strikes, it interrupts plans - dinner plans, travel plans, career plans, marriage plans, family plans, 5 to 10-year plans, and life plans.  foodpanda, one of Ph's biggest food delivery service went out the extra mile in helping our fellow Filipinos. For a few hours in Tagaytay and also in Tacloban, foodpanda riders interrupted their schedule to bring affected families, from the recent typhoon and volcanic eruption, companionship, and good food to everyone in the area and created a Global Soup Kitchen.

Global Soup Kitchen aims to help families and children by bringing smiles to these affected people through the warmth of food. Over the last two years, foodpanda partnered with different orphanages and communities in Manila, Cavite, and Cebu to bring warm meals to more than 1,000 special children. Given the recent calamities, foodpanda riders continue to extend its reach to more people in Tagaytay and Tacloban. Warm meals, warms the tummy and the heart. A sparkle of hope lights up as foodpanda becomes one of the answered prayers by affected families. 

In the recent activities headed by the foodpanda heroes, the riders were able to deliver love and food to a total of 300 families and 1,200 evacuees in Tacloban and Tagaytay.

As a food delivery service, foodpanda is set to continue to make food more accessible, especially to the less fortunate and victims of calamity through the Global Soup Kitchen. With each success it has, the company will continue to give back, and bring its mission of giving good food to everyone as plans is still waiting to happen for these people.

Monday, October 7, 2019

Ilaw Atbp. Opens Biggest Branch in Naga City, Bicol

Ilaw Atbp. opens its biggest and most complete store at the Heart of Bicol, Naga City. Owner, Edwin Pimentel considers the branch as a tribute to his mother who was born and raised in Brgy. Tabuco.

Ilaw atbp. sells both quality and safe local and global brands and they CUSTOMIZE the specific needs of clients from big project markets such as hotels and industrial projects to small households. LitesPlus is Ilaw Atbps. own line of product as well which they manufacture. Affordability at its finest with even a chandelier for your homes for as low as P1,000 or grandiose ones that would complement hotels and establishments.

They are also the exclusive distributor of LiOA outdoor lamps from Vietnam, one of the two most trusted global brands in outdoor lighting. In addition, they import their own decorative lights and have numerous designs – making Ilaw Atbp the most flexible in the industry with its diverse line up of products for lighting. 

Outdoor, indoor, on the ground or on the corner, Ilaw Atbp actually provides a 360 degree location for your lighting and electrical needs. There’s nothing more satisfying for customers than having our needs customized and personalized.

Formerly located at the Central Business District II of Naga for 10 years, #IlawAtbpNaga is now along Maharlika Highway in Brgy. Del Rosario with a bigger showroom fronting Camella Naga.

Oh btw, opening sale is until October 9 with up to 50% discount, so better visit #IlawAtbpNaga now!

The company has been in existence for 20 years already with 14 branches nationwide. They also offer franchising packages with no royalty and renewal fees. You may contact Anne Talosig at 0915 603 2663 or 0939 908 4545. Email them at franchising.ilawatbp@gmail.com or rbtilawatbp@gmail.com

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Allergy and Immunology Clinic in Naga / Allergologist in Naga City

Dra. Kristy M. Pinoy-Villamayor 
3rd Floor of Bicol Cardiovascular Diagnostic Cooperative (BCDC)
Clinic Hours: Monday - Friday 2pm to 6pm
Adult & Pedia Allergy and Immunology Clinic
Contact No. 0923 845 0720 (Please take note that it is still first come first serve basis when you go to the clinic)

Sharing a very personal experience, I’m sacrificing a little of my privacy as I want to help those who are also experiencing the same condition as mine. Pardon the drama if others may see it that way.

Since last year I have been looking for a doctor specializing in Allergy and Immunology here in Naga City and there was none at that time. I realized that there is no such thing as “simple” illnesses, because illnesses when not prevented nor treated will always be deadly. Though for emergency cases, yes you can go to general practitioners but still, going to specialists tells a different story. 

I was told then last year by my doctor that there’s only one Allergy / Immunology Clinic here in Bicol and it’s in Daraga, Albay. I let it pass and tried to just take the usual antihistamines just to alleviate the effects of the allergy. I had a pretty busy schedule and can’t drive to Albay for a check up. I admit, I was neglecting my health. 

Around Feb of this year, I learned that Naga now has a doctor specializing in Allergology/Immunology. Then again it was just around March, on my birthday, with no plans, I had the strength to visit the clinic. 

Fast forward, series of lab tests were conducted (and I even found another condition). For the past months I also had to do my own homework, taking note of allergens which triggers me, took pictures of the rashes, the frequency and time it usually appears. Hives/rashes, rhinitis and I even had dermatographia (skin writing). At first I thought it was all about food allergy, but sad to say it went further to everything around me so to speak. I looked for supplements or alternative medicines but I was again scared that it might trigger something else again. It was becoming worse and the experience itself was disturbing me emotionally speaking, trying be strong as if it was just a simple rash. The thought of having it was stressful, depressing and even gave me a lot of anxieties. 

Last Sep 15, while covering the Highland Triathlon, something triggered my allergies, it was a different rash, it was worse at night and lasted until the Civic Parade day, my meds were surprisingly not working during that time. Thankfully, I was on duty for the Penafrancia Festival Coverage in the morning, so I contacted the clinic to set up for an appointment. I cannot anymore take the discomfort. I was wearing jacket or long sleeves even though it was too warm just to cover up my arms. I could literally let someone tie up my hands just to keep myself from scratching. I was afraid that I might end up in the emergency room in the middle of the Penafrancia festivities if will not have myself checked again.

The condition is called Chronic Urticaria, I’m not ashamed anymore that I have it, as will continue to fight and be in the disposition that with the right knowledge and self care plus prayer, everything will be fine eventually. Sometimes others might think that it's only "arte arte" lang when I see others so picky and doing away with too much high or low temperatures, pollen, dust or any other allergens. And gosh I love dogs, we have many dogs at home so how can I even live with that fact if one thing that I like will be taken away from me?

Stress. Stress is indeed one of the causes of many of our illnesses today. There are a lot of studies and researchers around this niche. There are times when I didn't have any food intake and if I'm emotionally upset, rashes come out, I can attest to that. I'm a mental health service provider by day, imagine the energy that you could get from talking to people. I'm just human enough to reach a certain point of saturation, we too get weak. Apart from that office task, I also teach part time after 5pm. If being workaholic means working after 5pm and even weekends, then, yes I was that person especially last year. When symptoms started to come out, I decided to lessen my teaching hours to focus on recovering on my health. And oh, I forgot, I still have a blog to maintain and it honestly gets to my nerves when I reply to inquiries that are out of this world or can even be searched on Google. Sorry guys, but sometimes a lot of people are asking the wrong questions on Facebook. Wrapping all these up, it's now almost a year that I have been off my personal Facebook account. I created an account just to maintain my blog and it was big relief. I just had to find out what was causing all these allergies and focused on my health. 

So sometimes when I say that I want to disappear, those were days that I wanted to hide myself from everyone because of self-pity. It's when you look in the mirror and see yourself with all the manifestations and ask, why is this happening to me? I’m now living with it and this journey is just another story.

Doc Kristy, thank you. I hope you don’t mind me sharing this here, because I really wanted to help those who are also misdiagnosed and who do not know where to go. You saved my Peńafrancia 2019 coverage. Thank you Doc Ramon C as well for recommending Doc Kristy. 

Dra. Kristy M. Pinoy-Villamayor 
3rd Floor of Bicol Cardiovascular Diagnostic Cooperative (BCDC)
Clinic Hours: Monday - Friday 2pm to 6pm
Adult & Pedia Allergy and Immunology Clinic
Contact No. 0923 845 0720 (Please take note that it is still first come first serve basis when you go to the clinic)