Locally: Taste Trip Around the Philippines (+Fruit Truck Launch)

Truth be told - one of the reasons why I took up Tourism in college is that I love the Philippines and all things local. Sans the politics and traffic, this country has beautiful destinations, flavors, and culture... one never runs out of experiences to live and love. :)

If you're the type to discover and get reacquainted with our own shores, Locally, a homegrown beverage brand, is here to serve unique, all-Pinoy flavors that you've never had in juices before.

With Locally, you'll get to go on a taste trip around the Philippines with its indigenous flavors: Mangosteen (Mangosteenie Miney Mo), Sineguelas (Save The Best For Sineguelast), Dalandan (You've Dalandan It Again), Tamarind (Tamarind My Bell), Guyabano (Guyabano-body But You), Calamansi (Calamansi'z the Day), Pomelo (Pomelong and Lasting Love), and Buco (Merci Buco).

Quick list of why I love Locally:

• Yummy drinks! Each flavor is created from natural, homegrown fruits sourced from different parts of the country.

Local produce = supporting Filipino farmers and the farming community!

Punny names! :p

• Really, where else can you find a drink that's flavored with Sineguelas?! I LOVE THAT FRUITTT!

Just when you thought that Locally couldn't get any closer, the brand rolled out its very own Locally Fruit Truck at the Bonifacio Global City last November 24. Deo and I went to the launch and had such an amazing time!

Event highlights: exciting Locally concoctions (my favorite's the KALIKASAN mix!), all-Pinoy food, and live OPM music! I love everything local!

R&B singer-songwriter Quest

I finally heard him sing "Walang Hanggan" live and it broke my heart. This song's too beautiful and painful... kahit di naman ako affected dapat! Hahaha!

Singer-guitarist Keiko Necesario was there, too! :)

Watch out for the Locally Fruit Truck's upcoming stops around the metro! They'll be at Manila's top food parks, resto hubs, malls, and transport terminals! For updates, check out their Facebook page. FRUIT FRUIT!

My favorites are Calamansi'z The Day and Save The Best for Sineguelast! How about you? :)

Locally juices are available in all leading supermarkets and convenience stores.

Bottled Juices - Php30.95
Cans - Php24.50
Merci Buco Tetra Pack (330ml) - Php34.45
Merci Buco (1L) - Php91.95

Holiday 2017 Gift Guide: Rémy Martin Gift Boxes

Christmas is the season for parties and reunions! We've had quite a few since December started and we're actually bound for more 'til the year ends! And of course, good times should always be celebrated with good drinks. Whether we're together for the holidays or for life's little glories, there's a Cognac for every celebration! ;)

Rémy Martin Gift Boxes

Rémy Martin VSOP

Rémy Martin VSOP gift box comes with two free Rémy Rock glasses. This fine spirit carries almost three centuries of Rémy Martin cognac-making heritage. Mature, expressive aromas, roundness of summer fruits and vanilla. 

Rémy Martin Club

Rémy Martin Club is exclusively grown in a special, chalky soil that ripens the fruit to perfection for cognac making. This gift box comes with a free 30ml miniature Club bottle, for that quick shot with notes of dried apricots and fragrant jasmine. Mmmm! ❤

Rémy Martin XO

Share the true taste of excellence in the form of Rémy Martin XO - this Fine Champagne Cognac is made from a blend of up to 400 different eaux-de-vie, exclusively produced in the Grand Champagne and Petit Champagne regions in France. The special gift box comes with two free XO Swirl Cognac glasses.

Get the limited edition Rémy Martin holiday gift boxes from SM Supermarkets, Rustan's Supermarkets, Robinson's Supermarkets, Metro Retail Stores, S&R, Landers Superstore, Landmark, and other leading supermarkets nationwide.

Holiday 2017 Gift Guide: McJim for the Gents

If you're having a hard time choosing Christmas gifts for the men in your lives, read through! :)

TIP: This year, forget fancy - think classic, enduring, and timeless.

I've given my dad, uncles, grandpa, and guy friends high quality leather accessories like wallets, belts, and bags. Even back in high school, I'd save up to buy my dad something from McJim. You can never go wrong with this brand!

For the practical ones: Leather Wallets

A McJim leather wallet is made to last for years. Aside from its sleek design, there are slots inside for photos, credit cards, driver's license, and cash.

For the stylish ones: Leather Belts

McJim offers a variety of authentic leather belts that feature unique-looking metal buckles and come in neutral colors - basic modernist black, basic dark brown, and reversible minimalist.

For those on-the-go: Leather Bags

A stylish and functional bag, roomy enough to stash stuff for work, school, and special events is a must-have for any upwardly mobile young man. To help you choose the right bag, McJim offers sturdy leather bags that come in a range of styles, sizes, and functionality - shoulder bags, cross body bags, and gadget bags.

Also, to make gift-buying easier, McJim also offers all-leather belt and wallet gift sets that are wrapped and ready-to-give! :)

McJim products are available in all major department stores and leading online shopping sites. For more information, visit and like their official Facebook Page.

Maybelline x Gigi Hadid (Philippines)

What's up, fellow makeup and fashion junkies?! The most-awaited cosmetic collaboration is finally coming to the Philippines tomorrow, November 15, 2017! Select Maybelline counters in SM Department Stores and Watsons Stores are going to be LIT with the Maybelline x Gigi Hadid collection!

The design and details of this collection reveal the story of Gigi Hadid's life as she sees it, one shade name at a time. 

I've compiled all the products, prices, and descriptions so you can easily view. :)
I bet y'all have been waiting to take a peek through this collection, so here you go!

Fresh, bold, and fierce. It's all about the cat eye in this city chic makeup look inspired by Gigi's home away from home, New York City. Bold as the city itself is Gigi's signature nude lip and fierce cat eye.

Fiber Mascara

Get thick and lush eyelashes like Gigi with her dual-ended lengthening and volumizing mascara. Go for an instantly irresistible and eye-catching look and bring on East Coast Glam effortlessly.

Eye Contour Palette

This palette will help you create natural eye contour that accentuates, deepens, and widens the eyes.

Brow Pencil

Achieve full and fluffy brows like Gigi's with the Brow Pencil from her collection. Shape and fill in bald spots soft and easy with the pencil's tear drop tip. With its unique gel-to-powder formula, get natural-looking brows that lasts from day to night.

Gel Eyeliner

Waterproof and smudge-proof! This delivers all-day intense color that glides on easily from the inner to outer corner of the eye to dramatize the smize.

Lip Kit

For that perfectly nude pout, here's Gigi's matte lip kit collection which comes in three shades of essential neutral and nude colors to finish off your look.

Tinted Primer

Gigi's tinted base doubles as a makeup primer and a way to achieve natural-looking contour. Dubbed as a celebrity must-have, this is one of Gigi's most-trusted beauty essentials for a flawless finish.

Liquid Strobing Cream

Achieve that California glow look with this Liquid Strobing Cream which you can wear in four ways: wear alone, mix with the Tinted Primer, mix with foundation, or spotlight high points of your face.

BB Cushion

Get flawless and poreless coverage that's long-lasting. Perfect for those who grind from day to night.

Sunkissed and sultry, this glowing makeup collection is inspired by the warm California vibes of Gigi Hadid's hometown.

Eye Shadow Palette

Six shades carefully curated by Gigi herself.

Gel Eyeliner

Brighten and illuminate the eyes for a long-lasting impression with Gigi's long-wearing and smudge-resistant gel eyeliner in nude.

Lip Kit

Create instant definition for fully accentuated lips with the West Coast Glow collection, featuring 3 gorgeous bold shades of red lipsticks. Easy to glide with a creamy matte finish.

Liquid Strobing Cream

Similar with that of East Coast's, but in Warm shade.

Tinted Primer

Start your look with Gigi's Tinted Primer to create a natural contour with a sheer tint of color.

Gigi Hadid Limited Edition Jetsetter Palette

A glamorous beauty essential complete with two shades of concealer, two shades of lip balm, four shades of eye shadow, blush, matte bronzer, and a mini-version of mascara

So which product are you most excited to try? :)
Maybelline x Gigi Hadid collection is available at:
SM North EDSA Department Store
SM Megamall Department Store
SM Mall of Asia Department Store
SM Makati Department Store
Watsons SM Mall of Asia Mall 1
SM Cebu Department Store
SM Megamall Watsons Daimaru
SM San Lazaro Department Store
SM Dasma Department Store
SM Fairview Department Store
SM Sta. Rosa Department Store
SM Manila Department Store
SM Las Pinas Department Store
SM Baguio Department Store
SM Cubao Department Store
SM Lipa Department Store
SM Clark Department Store
SM Calamba Department Store