Hanabishi As Partner Of Eat Bulaga, Held Discount Caravan



Whenever the hosts of the ‘Sugod Bahay’ segment of the longest running noontime TV show Eat Bulaga goes on location in a chosen barangay, subdivision or town anywhere in the country, residents usually take a peek not just to congratulate the pre-drawn winner of the segment but to see the celebrities, and also get a chance to play games and win prizes. On June 16 and July 1, 2016, not just a handful but hundreds of residents of Barangay 165 in Tondo, Manila and Barangay Palatiw, Pasig City excitedly dashed to witness that day’s Sugod Bahay since it came with a most welcome addition: the first-ever Hanabishi Sugod sa Barangay Caravan.




Hanabishi, one of the leading brands of home products in the Philippines, partnered with Eat Bulaga to bring the Sugod sa Barangay Caravan to offer up to 25% discount on Hanabishi electric fans, refrigerators, LED TVs, food mixers, ovens, air coolers and more. The brand is known for its quality yet very affordable products that practical Filipinos love.

For one whole day, Hanabishi products were available for purchase in the booth they set up at the corner of Solis Street and Dagupan Extension.this in the last part of the articley avan sa pamamagitan ng isang maikling programa na may mga games at contest sa pagkanta at      

Barangay 165 resident Honeylet Villafuerte bought a Hanabishi 32” LED TV and brought some members of her family along. “Okay yung ganitong caravan. Kung tutuusin may TV kami, pero [dahil] talagang mura [dito] kaya bumili kami. Sulit eh,” said Villafuerte. (This caravan is good for us. We already have a TV set but this was really affordable so we bought one. It’s really worth it.)

While Villafuerte was celebrating the good deal she found, her neighbors and friends from nearby barangays were both marveling at their good finds as well as being generously entertained, as the caravan also featured a short program with games, dance and song numbers and other surprises. The company, which has been a partner of Eat Bulaga for almost five years now and has been sponsoring some of its major segments including the Sugod Bahay segment, also gave away Hanabishi products as prizes for the games.

Hanabishi President Jasper Ong said, “We have always envisioned Hanabishi to be present in every Filipino household. Synergizing this activity with our partnership with Eat Bulaga brings us closer to even more Filipino families. Not only do we offer our products at incredibly lower prices during the caravan, we also seek to entertain the people by hosting a simple program and coming up with games. It was overwhelming because people were so welcoming and participative during the first leg of the caravan. We encourage all the practical ‘nanays’ and ‘bossings’ to grab this opportunity and catch us as we bring the Hanabishi Sugod sa Barangay Caravan to more barangays in the country.”

The next Hanabishi Sugod sa Barangay Caravan will be on July 30, and August 15. For more details on the schedules and venues of the caravan, visit www.facebook.com/MyHanabishiAppliances/.

Watch Repertory Philippines Hansel And Gretel At Onstage Theater



Repertory Philippines, the premier producer of thought-provoking and entertaining straight plays and musicals, is launching its Theater for Young Audiences program for 2016, with child-friendly performances of Hansel and Gretel.

“Our children’s musicals are some of our most popular plays, and we enjoy staging performances for them,” shares Repertory’s artistic director Joy Virata. “The stage is a wonderful place for children to immerse themselves in with fantastic stories and wonderful characters.”




From August 13 to December 15, 2016, Repertory will stage Hansel and Gretel, adapted from the Brothers Grimm fairy tale, and adapted into opera by German composer Engelbert Humperdinck. The story follows two hungry children sent to the woods by their mother to find strawberries, and are lured into a gingerbread house owned by a wicked witch. It’s a story that many of us grew up with, and with the adaptation and direction by Joy Virata, she promises to transform the fantastic tale for a new generation to enjoy.

Bituin Escalante, Carla Guevara Laforteza, Ring Antonio, and Christine Flores will alternately play the witch, while Cara Barredo, Sweet Buchanan, and Christine Flores will alternately play the Dawn Fairy. The Hansel role will be divided between Joshua Nubla, Allen Orolfo, Mari Yapjoco, Tori Cortez and Nathan Flores, while Gretel will be portrayed by Ella Gonzalez, Ashlee Factor, Michelle Cornejo, and Rayne Cortez.

Other roles are the mother, essayed by Natalie Everett, Ayam Eckstein, and Buchanan; the father will be portrayed by Arnel Carrion, Hans Eckstein, Raymund Concepcion, and Raul Montesa; and the Sandman will  be portrayed by Chino Veguillas, Vien Alen King, and Edu Briones.

Repertory’s Theater for Young Audineces, (RTYA) began in 1992 when Virata noticed that children would wait in the lobby for their parents to finish watching a play. She decided to create a show for them, and debuted with a short and simple version of Sleeping Beauty. It went on to become the biggest box office hit in Repertory history.

Since then, the company has produced children’s theater every year, in line with its mission of producing live theater that is excellent, resilient, and entertaining. Most importantly, it aims to make theater more accessible to Filipino audiences, especially children.

“We want children to grow up with the appreciation that theater can be delightful,” ends Virata. “Compared to films, stage plays have a sense of immediacy and intimacy that will draw the viewer in and make them part of the story. This would create an enjoyable experience for imaginative kids.”

 Brought to you by the City of Makati, and Rebisco,  in cooperation with Greenbelt, Ayala Malls, BusinessWorld, Lane Moving & Storage, Art+ Magazine, Philippine Daily Inquirer, TicketWorld, and What’s Happening.com.ph, with TeamAsia as its media partner, “Hansel and Gretel” will open on August 13 and will run until December 15 at the Onstage Theater in Greenbelt 1, Paseo de Roxas cor. Legazpi St., Makati City. For tickets, reservations and showbuying, call Repertory Philippines at 843-3570 or TicketWorld at 891-9999. For more information log on to www.repertoryphilippines.phor visit Rep’s Facebook page.

SM Prime, Olongapo City Inaugurated New Gordon College Building

SM Prime Holdings Inc. (SMPH) and Olongapo City LGU recently inaugurated the new Gordon College building at Brgy. East Tapinac, Olongapo City with SM Supermalls President Annie Garcia and Olongapo City Mayor Rolen Paulino leading the rites. The newly built and relocated six-storey Gordon College building, donated by SMPH, boasts of modern amenities such as 57 air-conditioned classrooms, class laboratories, library, wi-fi access, CCTV monitors, elevators, and PWD-friendly ramps and toilets.


Also gracing the turnover ceremony, held at the ground floor of the new Gordon College, are Olongapo City Vice Mayor Aquilino Cortez, SBMA Director Cynthia Paulino, SM Prime Vice President for Operations Bien Mateo and Gordon College President Dr. Imelda Soriano.
The support of SM Prime to the project is aligned with Olongapo’s mission to upgrade and improve the educational system in the city.



“Of all the advocacies of Mr. Henry Sy Sr., providing quality education is the closest to his heart. For many years, SM Foundation and SM Supermalls have been strengthening its programs for education because Mr. Sy Sr. strongly believes that good education is the key to our progress, to inclusive growth and to nation building,” Garcia remarked.




With the new Gordon College building in place and the educational institution relocated from the old hospital building compound, the beneficiaries of the generous donation from SM are equally enthusiastic about this development and echoed the positive feedback that the locals of Olongapo collectively share.




“This new building gives us the best place and a conducive environment for learning that the students of Olongapo City will be benefitting from. Before, we’re only having 2,000 students but now we can accommodate 5,000 more. I am looking forward to students performing better and achieving more,” Gordon College President Soriano said.

The P300 million new Gordon College building, built in six months, has important features that Tony-Kar Balde III of Olongapo City CPDO (City Planning and Development Office) shared.



“The building is designed to withstand intensity 9 earthquake and has modern amenities like CCTV, Wi-Fi, elevators, spacious canteen area that could accommodate 400 to 500 students and spacious classrooms. The building is currently six-storey high but we planned for two more floors in the future so it could be an eight-storey building. Part of the master plan is the building’s capacity to collect rainwater and use it for sprinklers and toilets,” Balde explained.

Earlier in April, SM also turned over an 18-classroom school building for Olongapo through the Department of Education in a simple ceremony, which was also attended by Mayor Rolen Paulino.

Remembering Courageous Catie At Araneta Center Gateway Mall



Araneta Center, together with Courageous Light, remembers the purposeful life of the late Caitlin Lucas, also known as Courageous Catie, with a photo exhibit entitled “A Journey of Hope” happening on August 6 to September 3, 2016 at the Gateway Mall Activity Center and Gateway Gallery. 



Netizens remember Caitie as the courageous 3-year-old who battled juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia (JMML), a rare cancer of the blood affecting infants and toddlers. Before her untimely death, Catie captured the hearts of thousands when her mom started the Facebook page, “Courageous Caitie,” the young girl’s story of strength and faith. 



Celebrate on what would have been Caitie’s birthday during the grand launch of the photo exhibit on August 6 at 1:00 p.m. at the Gateway Mall Activity Center. 

During the launch, enjoy tons of fun and creative activities with your family in the Crafts Area with the Mosaic, Light and Verse Crafts and Painting and Sand Painting booths and be inspired by photos on display on August 6 -12.

You can also enjoy a bonding session with your loved ones during the Parent and Child workshops to be held on August 13, 20, 27 and September 3 at 1 p.m. at the Gateway Gallery. To help a good cause, you may also donate or pledge a donation to Courageous Light.

Courageous Light is a movement that aims to help families of children with illnesses headed by Catie’s parents Jayjay and Feliz.