Sunday, December 26, 2010

Malls Open During Christmas and New Year in the Philippines

Here is a list of Shopping Malls Open During Christmas and New Year in the Philippines. The list includes SM, Glorietta, Greenbelt Malls, Robinsons and Shangrila Malls

Mga bukas na Malls ngayong Pasko:

Power Plant Mall

December 20 to 23: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
December 24: 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
December 25: 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
December 26 to 30: 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
December 31: 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
January 1: 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Shangri-La Plaza

December 20 to 23: 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
December 24: 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
December 25: 12:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. (only The Shang Cineplex and food and beverage establishments in Level 6 will be open. The rest of the mall will be closed.)
December 26 to 30: 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
December 31: 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
January 1: Closed


December 20 to 22: 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
December 23: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
December 24: 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
December 25: 12:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
December 26 to 30: 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
December 31: 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
January 1: 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Bonifacio High Street and Serendra

December 20 to 24: 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
December 25: 12:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
December 26 to 30: 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
December 31: 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
January 1: 12:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.


December 20 to 23: 10:00 a.m. to 12 a.m.
December 24: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
December 25: 12:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
December 26 to 30: 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
December 31: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
January 1: 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.


December 20 to 23: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.
December 24: 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
December 25: 12:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
December 26 to 30: 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
December 31: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
January 1: 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Market! Market!

December 20 to 22: 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
December 23: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.
December 24: 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
December 25: 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
December 26 to 30: 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
December 31: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
January 1: 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Alabang Town Center

December 20 to 23: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.
December 24: 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
December 25 and January 1: 12:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
December 26 to 30: 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
December 31: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
January 1: 12:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

The Podium

December 20 to 23: 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
December 24: 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
December 25 and 26: 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
December 27 to 30: 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
December 31: 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
January 1: 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

SM Makati

December 20 to 22: 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
December 23: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.
December 24: 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
December 25: 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
December 26 to 30: 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
December 31: 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
January 1: Closed

SM Megamall

December 20 to 23: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.
December 24: 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
December 25: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
December 26 to 30: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
December 31: 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
January 1: 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

SM Mall of Asia

December 20 to 23: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
December 24: 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
December 25: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
December 26 to 30: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
December 31: 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
January 1: 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

SM North Edsa

December 20 to 23: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
December 24: 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
December 25: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
December 26 to 30: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
December 31: 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
January 1: 12:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

SM Southmall

December 20 to 23: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.
December 24: 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
December 25: 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
December 26 to 30: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.
December 31: 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
January 1: Closed

Araneta Center

December 20 to 22: 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
December 23: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.
December 24: 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
December 25: 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
December 26 to 30: 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
December 31: 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
January 1: 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Greenhills Shopping Center

December 20 to 22: 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
December 23: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
December 24: 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
December 25: Closed
December 26 to 30: 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
December 31: 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
January 1: Closed

Greenhills Christmas Night Market

December 20 to 23: 6:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.
December 24: 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
December 25 to 30: 6:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.
December 31: 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
January 1: Closed

The Landmark Makati

December 20 to 23: 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
December 24: 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
December 25: 12:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
December 26 to 30: 9:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
December 31: 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
January 1: 12:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.


December 20 to 23: 12:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.
December 24: 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
December 25: 12:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.
December 26 to 30: 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.
December 31: 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
January 1: 12:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.

Robinsons Galleria

December 20 to 22: 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
December 23: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.
December 24: 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
December 25: 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
December 26 to 29: 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
December 30: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.
December 31: 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
January 1: 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Robinsons Place Manila

December 20 to 23: 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
December 24: 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
December 25: 12:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
December 26 to 30: 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
December 31: 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
January 1: 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Where to Buy Narra Tree Tea in the Philippines?

Tea lovers who are into a holistic lifestyle will truly embrace the healing properties of the Philippine Narra tree (Pterocarpus indicus, Willd).

Research has shown that narra has the ability to lower blood sugar level, alleviate the inflammation of those suffering from rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and wash away urinary stones by passing through with the patient’s urine. 

You may tell grandma to stop foraging for leaves in her garden for tea and poultice. Narra is now available in tea and capsule form only through Naturteq Direct, Inc. Natursentials Rosewood (Narra Bark and Wood Food Supplement). Unlike other health supplements which contain artificial colors, sugar, lactose, high sodium content, gluten and caffeine- Natursentials Rosewood has none of these and retains the pure essence of Narra bark.

The Narra tree is conserved and protected by Philippine law, it is a crime to cut one of these organic giants. With sustainability in mind, Naturteq’s narra trees are nurtured in a 6-acre organic farm in Rizal, free from pesticides and away from pollution. Only the fresh shoots, bark and branches of the Narra tree are harvested.

If you are looking for an alternative treatment for an auto-immune disorder, you may try the anti-oxidant effect of the Narra Bark and livened up your tea time.

For direct selling opportunities and your supply of Narra health supplements:

Naturteq Direct Inc.
2805 Raffles Corporate Center,
F. Ortigas Jr Rd., Ortigas Center,
Pasig City, Philippines 1605

Telephone no. 4709980Text +63 917 538 3102
email at

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Banco De Oro: BDO Bank Branches Open on Weekends

Thank God for Banco De Oro for being open on weekends and longer hours. I just don't understand why other banks won't follow suit? Its not that hard to figure out what the banking public needs- 3pm doesn't cut it for Pinoys. I hate rushing to the bank before the standard 3pm closing time, so I'm just thankful we have BDO :)

Having a bank open for transactions on a Saturday or Sunday has been nothing, but convenient.

Banco De Oro Makati branches open on Saturdays and Sundays
BDO Cash & CarryG/F Unit No. GO1A, Cash & Carry Mall, South Super Highway & Filmore St., Makati City 9:30- 6:30 PM
Monday - Saturday
Rockwell BDO Branch G/F Power Plant Mall, Rockwell Center, Amapola corner Estrella St., Makati City 9:00 - 6:00 PM
Monday - Saturday
SM Makati Shoemart Annex Bldg., Ayala Center, Makati City 9:30 - 6:30 PM
Monday - Sunday
Southgate Mall-EDSA
Unit G 02, G/F Southgate Mall, EDSA corner Pasong Tamo Extension., Makati City 9:30 - 6:30 PM
Monday - Saturday

BDO Las Pinas Branches open on Saturdays and Sundays
Las Piñas-Philamlife AvenueAlabang-Zapote Road, Pamplona Tres, 1740 Las Piñas, Metro Manila, Philippines 8:30 - 5:30 PM Monday - Saturday 874-4259 872-8167
SM Center Las Piñas Lower ground floor, SM Supercenter Las Piñas, Alabang-Zapote Road, Brgy. Pamplona Dos, Las Piñas City 10:00 - 7:00 PM Monday - Sunday 875-1553 875-1574
SM Southmall A Upper ground floorSM Southmall Alabang Zapote Road, Las Piñas City 10:00 - 7:00 PM Monday - Sunday 800-0471 806-4383
SM Southmall B Upper ground floor SM Southmall Alabang Zapote Road, Las Piñas City 10:00 - 7:00 PM Monday - Saturday 800-6798 800-9122

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Where to find a Diatomaceous Earth supplier in the Philippines?

Okay so what on earth is Diatomaceous Earth?

Plain and simple, its grounded dead diatoms. If you remember your biology class in high school Diatoms belong to the Kingdom Protista, and these small silica-based lifeforms can be found in bodies of water even in mud puddles.

Photo by National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, University of Southampton

Now for some organic talk, there's a lot of Eco-friendly and Go-Green campaigns lately in the media that's finally putting useful and organic products like Diatomaceous Earth in the spotlight. They can be a substitute for harmful pesticides. They are less toxic and there's even what you call food-grade Diatomaceous Earth that can be use as animal and poultry feed. Diatomaceous Earth is an ingredient used in making toothpaste, cigars, aquarium tank filters and insect repellents.

In the Philippines, Deltaromeo trading is a pioneer of organic solutions against environmental pollutants. They offer food-grade Diatomaceous Earth and organic disinfectants for industrial facilities, farms, slaughterhouses and waste water treatment.

Deltaromeo trading - Diatomaceous Earth supplier

Telephone Numbers
(632) 664-8923
(632) 571-4012

Cellphone Numbers
(63919) 254-3858
(63922) 825-7738

Or E-mail
Visit us.

MAIN OFFICE, Bonifacio St.,
Sta. Cruz, Marinduque

Visit their site for your supply of Diatomaceous Earth and let your company or institution benefit from this earth-friendly alternative solution.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Where to Learn Taxidermy in the Philippines?

If you just recently lost your pet and still want his presence around the house then stuffing Bantay might just be the thing for you. But first you have to learn how to get beneath the skin.

Mammals for taxidermy are best preserved smiling :p

For people who have a certain fondness for dead things, preserving and curating for taxonomic reasons (or some freaky fetish), you must learn how to make your great find - keepsake, trophy, pet, specimen - last as long as you do. Why not head off to the National Museum of the Philippines for a week long session of taxidermy?

Edward Hart's Prize Fight. A famous exhibit of
Theatrical Taxidermy- mounted animals depicting human lives.

Taxidermy is not just for Norman bates. But for every normal kate, juan and harry who love animals. Taxidermy is the skillful art of preparing, stuffing, and mounting the skins of dead animals with surgical precision.

I would highly recommend the workshop for biology students and those who want to reminisce their days in comparative anatomy lab. The techniques and epidermal stylings of taxidermy is possible on all vertebrate species of animals including mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish. In the field of museology, this is quite an important skill particularly if your manning the Formaldehyde stash in the zoology section.

This rare Taxidermy session in the Philippines goes on for about one week and the training will include lectures, demonstrations and workshops, plus a wild visit inside the prized specimen collections of the National Museum’s Zoology Division, which includes interaction with taxidermy experts (veteran skinners who have move onto larger mammals).

For all ye know, your loving dog Bantay would make a great heirloom for your grand kids.

For info on the Philippine National Museum Taxidermy class, email or call Mel Lagartija and Jes Arella of the Museum Education Division at telefax no. 5270278,

Pinoys take Pride! If you don't want to skin anything - dead or alive - please do support our National Museum. Go plan a visit! It may not be as snazzy as the Smithsonian, but dang we got a pretty decent collection in the tropics, not to mention the most passionate museum curators.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Where to Hire Security Protection Services in the Philippines?

Where to Hire a Bodyguard or Security Guard in Manila?
Going around Manila for business transactions, high profile meetings and lugging around huge amounts of cash would be a safety risk for some and a cause for some level of protection.

Standard uniform for security guards in the Philippines
Photo by Soliman Security Agency

Philippine security agencies usually offer the following services:

• Home & Building Security Services or Perimeter Protection
Security agencies assign their trained and licensed security guards for your business office, residence, factories round the clock (24 hrs). These are armed guards that work in shifts for your security needs. Security guards are equipped with their duly licensed firearm either a caliber .38 revolver or .12 gauge shotgun and a utility belt that contains their flash light, nightstick, two-way radio, handcuffs and small first-aid pouch.

• Security Detail and Close Protection
You may also ask for a special arrangement such as bodyguards properly train to handle large crowds and close protection whenever you are out in public areas. Perfect for high profile people such as celebrities, politicians, diplomats, dignitaries, businessmen, VIPs, visiting families or for someone being stalked; it is understandable for you to acquire such protection. You may request for visibly armed escorts or plain-clothes security escorts.

Security and protective services training in the Philippines
Photo by Globalshield Security Services

Other Services provided by Philippine Security and Protection Agencies:
Whole Year Round (365 days) Protection, Daily & Nightly Inspection of Premises, Weekly Assestment and Monthly Client Coordination, K9 services for Bomb Sniffing and Tracking, Intelligence and Surveillance work, Detectives and Investigation Services.

How much does security service or a bodyguard cost in Manila?
You may call Security agencies for an estimate or bid based on the number of days or hours that you need protection and any of your security concerns (possible kidnapping threats, stalking threats, safety concerns, need for executive VIP style protection). Ask what is included in the cost and what you need to shoulder as an employer - transport, meals and lodgings. You may request for a full package rate or per day rate.

Training of armed escorts and security guards in the Philippines
Photo by Globalshield Security Services

If you need a security detail for a foreign guest, upcoming event or just 24-hour protection at your residence. You may contact the following agencies:

Soliman Security Services
Soliman Centre building 2182 Don Chino Roces Avenue, Makati City
Phone: +63 (2)892-8881
Fax: +63 (2) 813-8228

Globalshield Security Services Inc.
Corporate Address:
Unit 2B, Murphy Center, No. 187 Boni Serrano, Murphy, Quezon City
Telephone / Fax No.: +63 (2)439-4452
Email Address:

Fast Tech Security Management
Main Office: 508 LGS Building, Cagayan Valley Road, Guiguinto Bulacan
Manila Office: 141-E N.Domingo St., Cubao Quezon City
Tel numbers:
Bulacan: (+63)44-7944760
Smart: (+63)928-5069855
Sun Cell: (+63)922-8427246

Monday, September 6, 2010

Where to Eat Indian Food in Manila, Philippines?

There are two Indian restaurants that serve the spiciest curry in town. If you can't make time to visit the best Indian restaurants at UN Avenue in Paco Manila, there are two Indian places you can visit in Makati City for your fave Indian dishes:

New Bombay Food Inc.
Also known as New Bombay Canteen
Indian Vegetarian and Non Vegetarian Food
Manager: Meenaxi Khanchandani

GF Saguittarius Building III
H. V. Dela Costa Street
Salcedo Village, Makati City

Click Map to Enlarge

This is in front of Somerset Hotel and near Mini-stop Grocery store
Monday to Sunday
10am to 1130pm
Telephone number: 8192892, 8937506
They accept catering and delivery.

Swagat Indian Cuisine
119 FCC Building, Rada Street,
Legaspi Village, Makati City
Phone: (632) 752-5669
Fax: (632) 888-2560

This is near SEDDCO Building and Union Church Building on Rada Street

Click Map to Enlarge

 Open from 11:00 a.m to 11:00 p.m.
(Monday to Sunday)

My Fave dishes at Swagat paired with Sweet Lassi 

Vegetarian samosas 
Triangular pastry stuffed with mildly spiced potatoes & peas deep-fried

Murgh makhanwala 
Chicken cooked in mild rich sauce, cashews and cream.

Mushroom masala
Mushroom cooked w /onions & tomatoes & spices.

Mango lassi
Sweetened yogurt drink flavoured with milk & mango.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Top 10 Filipino Funeral Songs

A popular list of Paalam songs or pamamaalam songs, awit para sa patay- songs saying goodbye to our dear departed. In the Philippines, they are played through the final walk or funeral procession to the cemetery. The traditional marching band is now replaced by a CD player in the hearse and the funeraria gives the family a playlist to choose from.

As tradition, we either play our loved ones favorite love song or the often played funeral staple prepared by the funeraria (funeral service). The hearse will be blaring these songs loudly on a megaphone/speakers while relatives weep away.

1. Hindi Kita Malilimutan by Basil Valdez
(I Will Never Forget You)

Basil Valdez is the true Original Pilipino Music (OPM) king, but likewise he is also the Pinoy King of Funeral Marches. I have yet to attend a funeral that didn't have this on their playlist. 

Choice lyrics:
Hindi kita malilimutan
Hindi kita pababayaan
Nakaukit magpakailanman
Sa 'king palad ang 'yong pangalan

Malilimutan ba ng ina
Ang anak na galing sa kanya
Sanggol sa kanyang sinapupunan
Paano niyang matatalikdan
Ngunit kahit na malimutan
Ng ina ang anak niyang tangan

English Translation:
I will never forget you
I will never abandon you
Your name is forever
written on my plam

Can a mother ever possibly
forget the baby that came from her?
How can she ever forsake
the child that came from her womb
Even if the mother forgets the child she once held...
I will never forget you
I will never abandon you

2. Kung Akoy iiwan Mo by Basil Valdez
(If You Leave Me)

You could get the wailing and weeping of women blast up a notch by playing this Basil Valdez classic.

3. Hanggang Sa Dulo Ng Walang Hanggan by Didith Reyes
(Till the End of Eternity)

Though there is a similar rendition by Basil Valdez. Didith Reyes, a tragic figure herself only sung such sad, yet sexy ballads during her life. This amazing Filipina singer of the 70s spiralled into depression, and in one of her drunken binges got hit by a car. She died in a very poor state abandoned and living in a shanty. Her songs much like this one will be played at pinoy funerals forever.

Choice lyrics:
Hanggang sa dulo ng walang hanggan
Hanggang matapos ang kailan pa man
Ikaw ang siyang mamahalin at lagi nang sasambahin
Manalig kang di ka na luluha giliw

English Translation:
Till the End of Eternity
Until forever ends,
You are the only one I love and the only one I worship
Believe me, you will never shed a tear, my love

4. Paglisan by Color It Redd (Your Passing /The Passing)
The ultimate Funeral Theme song for Pinoys who die young, often played for teenagers. Cookie Chua's haunting voice speaks about the melancholia of a passing loved one.

Choice lyrics:
Kung ang lahat ay may katapusan
Itong paglalakbay ay makakarating din sa paroroonan
At sa `yong paglisan Ang tanging pabaon ko
Ay pag-ibig

English Translation:
If everything has an end
This journey will finally reach its destination
and in your passing, I only have my love to give

5. Magpakailanman by Wency Cornejo (Forever and Ever)
A contemporary song by a 90s Filipino rockband frontman- Wency Cornejo. Like Paglisan, it is often played for those who die very young.

6. Lumayo Ka Man Sa Akin – Rodel Naval (Even If You Leave Me)
An 80s Ballad by an accomplished Filipino artist, Rodel Naval died in his prime. He wrote the song Lumayo Ka Man Sa Akin at the sadness he felt at the death of his mother.

7. Pangako by Ogie Alcasid (Promise)
Ironically, this song is also a popular Filipino Wedding Song, but because of its lyrics and the promise of undying love, Pangako is also a highly requested song at funerals.

8. Maala-ala mo kaya (Do You Remember?)
A traditonal Filipino song or kundiman (love songs sung at serenades). It is often played for beloved grandparents as the song evokes to remember the best time of their lives.

Choice lyrics:
Maala-ala mo kaya
Ang sumpa mo sa akin
Na ang pag-ibig mo ay
Sadyang di magmamaliw

Di ka kaya magbago
Sa 'yong pagmamahal
Hinding-hindi giliw ko
Hanggang sa libingan

English Translation:
Do you remember
your promise to me
That your love will
never fade

I hope your love for me
never changes,
No, it never will, my love
Until death

9. Malayo Pa Ang Umaga by Rey Valera
(Morning is so Far Away)

A classic 70s love song and TV theme song for Ula, Batang Gubat (Ula, Jungle Child) written and sung by Rey Valera.

Choice lyrics:
Malayo pa ang umaga,
kahit sa dilim naghihintay pa rin
umaasang bukas ay may liwanang
sa aking buhay umaga ko'y aking hinihintay

English Translation:
Morning is so Far Away
Even in the dark I wait,
Hoping tomorrow may bring light
into my life, waiting for my morning to come

10. Kanlungan (Pana-Panahon) by Noel Cabangon
(Refuge or In Time)

A touching song about growing up together and the memories shared with the one you loved most.

Choice lyrics:
Pana-panahon ang pagkakataon
Maibabalik ba ang kahapon?

English Translation:
Opportunities come in time,
but can we bring back yesterday?

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Where to Pawn, Buy, Sell your Designer Handbag in the Philippines?

Bagaholic is locally known as "Sanglaan ng Bag" or the Pawnshops for Designer Bags. Bagaholic is a shop where you can pawn, buy, sell or trade your luxury bags. 

If you have a high-end bag that's just gathering dust in the closet of which you no longer want or need. You can bring your pre-owned bags to Luxury Bags Manila (Bagaholic) for an assessment of its value.

Unlike jewelry, the pricing estimate will be classified based on the designer brand, how long you've owned the bag, the demand and supply, and more importantly, the condition of the bag. If you take really good care of your bag this shouldn't be a problem. To add value and to prove the authenticity of your designer purses or handbags- it would great if you have your original receipt, certificates of purchase, boxes, hatboxes and dust bags. 

To separate the fake handbags or designer knockoffs from the real designer handbags. Your bag will be inspected for a serial number found on the bag, a stamp on its leather, materials and signature stitching used on the bag. 

Balikbayans or tourists looking for a bargain might find the store a treasure trove of designer goodies. The bags are well-cared for, documented and properly stored. These bags cost 30% to 70% lower than the brand new price at luxury flagship stores. Prices maybe be still too steep for the average pinay shopper, but if you know your LVs and talk Prada, this store is a Godsend for the urban fashionista.

Visit Bagaholic
Mobile Numbers: (+63) 9178141967
Telephone: (632) 9864761

Shop Location:
Streetside Renaissance Hotel (formerly New World)
Makati Ave. corner Pasay Road
Makati City, Metro Manila
Tel. Nos. (632) 8672325
Cel. No. (63) 9178141967

Click Map to Enlarge Map to Bagaholic Bag Pawnshop @ Renaissance Hotel Makati/ New World Hotel

Visit their website

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Printing and Photocopy Services in Makati: Printcopy Ventures

Printcopy Ventures, Inc. is a digital print shop in Manila, Philippines. They also offer traditional printing services. Pick up and delivery can be arranged for volume production.

Printing Services:
• Photocopying (B&W / Colored)
• Quick Printing (Duplo/ Risograph)
• Digital Laser Printing (B&W / Colored)
• Graphics Design and Artwork
• Scanning and Image Retouching
• Offset Printing
• Laminating and Binding
• Lay-outing/Typesetting

What they Print:
• IDs (PVC / Board)
• Calling Cards
• Letterheads
• Envelopes
• Brochures
• Flyers
• Menus
• Tickets
• Stickers
• Posters 
• Office Forms 
• Official Receipts
• Cash Invoice
• Delivery Receipts
• Prescription Pad
• Notepads
• Vouchers
• Invitation Cards
• Wedding Invitations 
• Baptismal Invitations 
• Birthday Invitations 
• Social Cards

Ayala Branch
UG-3 Cityland Herrera Tower,
98 Herrera corner Valero streets,
Makati City Philippines
Tel. no. 893-3185, 701-5580

MCS Branch
UG-11 Makati Cinema Square,
Pasong Tamo Street, Makati City
Tel. #811-1679

Paseo Branch
GF Philcom Bldg
8755 Paseo de Roxas St
Salcedo Village Makati City
Tel. # 232-6831

Ortigas Branch:
GF Strata 2000 Building,
Don Francisco Jr. Road,
Ortigas Center, Pasig City
Tel. #2326810

Friday, June 18, 2010

Where to Buy Barber Shop Supplies and Salon Equipment in the Philippines?

Putting up a salon, beauty parlor or barbershop in the Philippines? Where can one regularly purchase salon supplies which includes salon tools, equipment, dyes, cosmetics and hair products.

Visit any Modern Professional Salon Supply Branch
30 Real St. Alabang Zapote Road Talon 1
Las Pinas City Metro Manila
Phone: +63(2)8979613

They have the following Salon equipment and Barber Supplies available in the Philippines:
• Scalp Steamers
• Hair Dryer Lamp
• Hair Dryer Lucky Cat
• Accelerator
• Honey Comb Accelerator
• Infra red
• Facial Vapor Steamer
• Scissors
• Shampoo Bowls
• Shampoo Chairs
• Wax Heater
• Cosmetics
• Volumizer
• Tapered Barber Comb
• 40 Pintail
• Hair Clips
• Rubber rods
• Perm rods
• Pagoda Cold Wave Lotion
• Combs
• Silk Combs
• Metal Tail Combs
• Files
• Pedicure files
• Capes
• Aprons
• Starf Lite

• Hair Dresser's Tools
• Tint Brushes
• Wooden Spatula
• Shampoo Chairs Bowls
• Manicure Chairs
• Hydraulic Reclining Chairs
• Hydraulic Chairs
• Hair Dressers Tools
• Facial Trolleys
• Barbers Chairs
• Facial Steamers
• Hair Irons
• Curling Tongs
• Hair Dresser's Belt Cases
• Make-up Brushes
• Masking Brushes
• Safety Razor
• Barber Razor
• Refill Blades

Other Branches of Modern Professional Salon Supply
Units C&D MCY Building
Roosevelt Avenue, SFDM, Quezon City
Tel. Nos. 372-1920 . 413-8852

Units 1 & 2, Las Pinas
Commercial Center, No. 30 Real Street,
Alabang Zapote Rd., Talon I, Las Pinas City
Tel. 873-1271

G/F, Dona Juanita Bldg.
9510 Taguig cor. J.P. Rizal St.
Brgy. Valenzuela, Makati City
Tel. 897-9613

Visit their website

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Mindoro Nickel Supports Mangyan School Kids for School Year 2010

On a lighter note, some great Back-to-School news this June.

For school year 2010, Mindoro Nickel continues its support for the Bright Minds Reading program in partnership with the Philippine Department of Education and the Ronald McDonald House Charities.

The grassroots educational program strives to help the reading, writing and comprehension skills of grade school children particularly our Mangyan school children. This year, the program covers some 10,500 Grade 1 pupils and 298 public school teachers.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Arts & Crafts and Oil Paint Supply Shops in Manila

Deovir Art Supplies is the oldest art store in the Philippines. They have the most diverse arts and crafts supply line ranging from painting supplies to crafts and scuplting supplies. This is the store where you can find rare craft tools such as Liquid Masking Film, acrylic emulsions and liquid_sculpey. Located at the University belt, the store is accesible to fine arts students and craft entusiasts. 

Visit Deovir's website

The Deovir Art Supplies facebook page is also amazing because they personally reply to your queries and update you with their supply list and prices. You may also follow Deovir on twitter

The Beadsnob also has a thorough feature on Deovir. Click here

The TOPs or The Oil Paint Store is an online stop where you can have your paint and art supplies delivered at your doorstep.

What art supplies do they offer?

• Watercolor Pencils
• Charcoal Pencil
• Palette Knife
• Odorless Turpenoid
• Painting Butter
• Gesso Primer
• Acrylic Gesso
• Grumbacher Gesso
• Mixable Oil Medium
• Stretched Canvas
• Paint Brushes
• Artist Oils

You may also visit their main store at 2119 Manuel Hizon St. in Santa Cruz, Manila, Philippines (a block away from SM San Lazaro)

Click to enlarge map

Telephone: 02-7885932
Open from Monday to Saturday
9 am - 12 noon
1 pm - 6 pm
Close on Sundays & Holidays

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Western Union Branches Open on a Sunday or Holiday in the Philippines?

What if your international remittance arrives on a Sunday or worse on a holiday? What Western Union branch should you go to?

The best branch is Sanry's Money Changer and Western Union booth at Greenbelt 1 Mall Makati along Paseo de Roxas and Sanrys at ParkSquare (right beside Wendys Burger). They are open on Sundays and on holidays.

On Holy week, they are open until Holy Wednesday. They close shop for Holy Thursday and Good Friday and resume operations on Black Saturday and Easter Sunday. They are open during the Greenbelt mall hours.

During the Christmas season the branch is open all day on December 24. The December 25 schedule is half-day and during the afternoons mall-hours only. They resume regular all-day operations from 26-31st prior to New Year's Day.

For 2010, Sanrys Money Changer in Greenbelt 1 and ParkSquare (in front of Dusit Thani Hotel) were open during December 25. This is my personal experience only. As most payments come in time for Christmas, we spent Christmas day scouring the city for Western Union branches open for business. Your best bet is the business district like Makati and moneychangers like Sanrys which open for the OFWs, balikbayans and tourists. The Sanrys Moneychanger Greenbelt branch was open from 2pm to 6pm while the Park Square branch was open from 1pm-6pm last December 25. Expect the same money changer's schedule for New Year's Eve.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Where to find a Photocopy Service Shop at Night in Makati Philippines?

Need to print some documents and "xerox" a lot of copies in a jiff? Where to go when its past 730pm and the end of mall hours?

You may try the photocopy and printing services of Alva Compter and Photocopy Services at the back of Makati Cinema Square. They are open until 10pm. This is right beside Mercury Drugstore. They charge 75 cents per letter size sheet (as of 2010).

2296 Don Chino Roces Avenue (Pasong Tamo)
1226 Makati Metro Manila
Phone: +63(2)8439592

Monday, April 26, 2010

Architectural Glass and Flat Glass Supplier in the Philippines

Looking for a glass manufacturing company in the Philippines which specializes in glass-support methods, glazing products, flat glass with degrees of obscurity processed through tempering, bending and laminating.

Architectural glass products are use for functional reinforcement and aesthetics in the vertical construction industry.

In the Philippines, Asahi Glass Philippines (AGC) is  a major architectural glass product manufacturer. Formerly Republic Glass Corporation in the 1950s, the company went into a joint venture with Asahi Glass Company Japan.

They offer the following:
• Viewing partitions
• Translucent panels
• Reflective glass 
• Monolithic glass
• Glare-reducing glass
• Tempoint
• Flat Glass

Please note that Tempered glass use as a sturdy exterior and interior for buildings due to its impressive impact strength

AGC Flat Glass Philippines, Inc.
Bo. Pinagbuhatan, Pasig City
Philippines 1600 

Telephone Numbers: 
+63 (2) 641-1981
+63 (2) 641-6129
+63 (2) 642-0262
+63 (2) 641-9923

Fax Numbers: 
+63 (2) 641-1988
+63 (2) 641-9263
E-mail Addresses:

You may visit their website

Monday, April 19, 2010

Famous Glass Artists and Glass Sculptors of the Philippines

Two of the well-known and world famous Filipino Glass Sculptors.

Ramon Orlina is a self-taught, award-winning master glass artist. A pioneer craftsman who created forms out of glass slabs using the cold method. Also through grinding, cutting and polishing glass using his own improvised tools. Please visit

Impy Pilapil is an accomplished and innovative sculptor with glass as her principal medium. Please visit

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Philippine Mobile Provider Globe Telecoms Brings Back Much Loved Text Service

When heaven means endless texting for tweens, Filipino Moms would need a real budget saver back and Globe Telecom listens - the Globe Tattoo No Expiry ImmortalTxt will be back on the market.

Globe Telecoms, a mobile service provider in the Philippines, will bring back its highly successful Globe Tattoo My Immortal campaign that costs a savvy P10 pesos ($.20 cents). Woohoo!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Do you know any glass blowing company or anyone who offers glass blowing services here in the Philippines?

If you are looking for Glass in the Philippines:

Angeli Glass Products Specialties is Filipino Glass company specializing in blown and handcrafted glass. They have been in business since 1979 and they are into the export market.

Glass crafting skills include: Blowing molten glass by mouth, use of glass bubblet, use of borosilicate glass, glass fuming process.

Glass Services: Sandblasting, ceramics, resins, crystals. Pre-Cutting Glass, Precut Mirrors, Beveling, V-cut, Diamond Cut, smoke, SP polished.

Glass Products:
Mementos, Souvenirs, Give-aways, Glass Plaques, Trophies and Medals

Angeli Glass Products Specialties
CEO: Rodolfo C. Salcedo
Pine St., cor. Maywood Ave.,
Maywood Village 2,
Parañaque City, 1716
Phone: (632) 824-2391
Fax: (632) 823-3939

Glass Blowing Instructor in the Philippines:

Perfecto S. Braganza Jr.
MSD-ITDI Dost Compound, Gen. Santos Ave. Bicutan
Tagig, 1631 Metro Manila, Philippines
011-0632-837-31-67 (Fax)
Teaches Glass blowing from molten glass
Glass making especially colored glass, Glass Slumping, Glass polishing, Glass crystallization

Sunday, April 11, 2010

How to get to SKK Building at Senator Gil Puyat Avenue in Pasay City?

How to get to SKK Building 63-65 Senator Gil Puyat Avenue (Buendia) corner F.B. Harrison Street, Pasay City

Please note that this is not going to Gil Puyat Avenue in Makati, but the Gil Puyat Avenue in Pasay near Roxas Boulevard .

Click image of Senator Gil Puyat Avenue, Pasay City to enlarge

Take LRT
Alight Buendia LRT Station and from there walk to F. B. Harrison Street towards Roxas Blvd, the SKK bldg has a BPI bank branch at the ground floor. You will see a yellow NSO signage upfront.

SKK Building has the following office tenants:

The National Statistics Office (NSO)
Archway International & Mktg. Services, Inc
Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI)
Athinai Ship Supply Inc.
Himlayang Pilipino

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Abortion in the Philippines: Issues on Population Control and the Ban on the Reproductive Health Bill

Abortion is legally not allowed in the Philippines. Women who induced abortion on their own for their unplanned or unwanted pregnancy faced up to 6 years in jail. There are no legal abortion clinics or any abortion or pro-choice centers in Manila. The Catholic Church has a great influence over the law here and any pro-choice movement would instantly be squashed.

The only abortion allowed in the Philippines is under the medical discretion of an OB-gynecologist. If the pregnancy will cause the death of the mother or if the fetus is already dead, just a sac, without a heartbeat or a blighted ovum. A medical miscarriage maybe induced through the use of Mifepristone, Misoprostol (cytotec) followed possibly by a D&E (dilation and evacuation) procedure commonly known by Filipinos as "Raspa" (which means to scrape off) to ensure no dead tissue is left inside the uterus.

Senator Juan Flavier used to have a population control program that offered free condoms and contraceptives at health centers. With a shift in power and President Arroyo courting the influence of the Catholic Church to be on her side has stopped the Population control program and the USAID donations of contraceptives to please the archbishops. Now the Filipino people are on their own. With the church promoting abstinence as a method to curve the population boom, women now have to suffer. Only the working class and the rich can afford medical contraception and family planning.

Photo by Cheryl Ravelo | Reuters News

Abortion maybe illegal in the Philippines, but that doesn't mean it doesn't exist. It is talked about, but never publicly. No woman would ever dare admit to an abortion due to the shame, gossip and moral outrage of the community.

Still, there are Filipino women often too poor, with no means to buy contraceptives and are raising an average of 7-10 children that are left to the mercy of hilots (healers or massagers) that is, if they choose to undergo a backstreet abortion rather than raising another child they are unable to care for.

For an investigative report on abortion, please refer to the Reuters news article - Abortion in the Philippines: a national secret

According to the International Family Planning Perspectives, Filipinas obtain abortions—often in unsafe conditions—to avoid unplanned births. In 1994, the estimated abortion rate was 25 per 1,000 women per year.

Where women go for abortions in the Philippines:

Hilots (healers or massagers) are sought out in communities. The deed is done in backalleys, shanties or privately rented rooms such as motels and apartelles.

Quiapo Church. Ironically, abortificients such as herbal cocktails and the ulcer drug Misoprostol (cytotec) are sold by peddlers around the Church area. There are what you call spotters who will ask women and passerbys if they are interested to avail of the drug. The police conducts annual raids with the media in tow. 

Self-induced or self-injury methods. This ranges from throwing yourself off a flight of stairs, asking to get punched in the belly, jumping around till you bleed, coathangers, catheters and everything gruesome. Any possible method to land in a hospital to get a D&E.

Sadly, most who self abort are teenagers and most end up dead due to complications and injury.

I guess what should be promoted by the government is not an abortion or an anti-abortion sentiment, but rather make safe-sex education and free contraception available to the public

Reproductive health bill: Facts, fallacies
NYTimes Philippines abortion crisis
The RH bill: Ending Manila City's war on women

Monday, March 29, 2010

Computer, Laptop and Printer Repair Service Center in the Philippines

Busted HP printer? Laptop won't reboot? Need repairs on your Desktop PC? Don't throw your stuff out the window just yet. 

Try PC Clinic for repairs.

This post answers the following questions for those who emailed:
• So where do I have my HP Deskjet printer repaired in Manila?
• Do you know of a Computer repair Center in the Philippines which handles laptops?
• I think my computer has a virus or some malware where do I take it for repairs?
• Where can I have my flatbed scanner fixed in Manila?

Here's a list of PC Clinic Computer Repair Services:

• On-site / Home Service 
• Pick-up / Delivery Service
• Carry-in / While-you-wait
• Preventive Maintenance
• Comprehensive Maintenance
• Out-source Services 
• Business Solutions Consultation

Call them at their offices
Tel. (632) 244-9517; 244-9549 
Tel. (049)534-5167; 5767011  
Tel. (632) 682-6751; 788-5244  
Tel. (632) 856-4143; 957-4302  
Tel. (632) 487-8148; 964-9251

Online Inquiries:

PC Clinic is a computer maintenance and computer repair service center in the Philippines. Their range of repairs include data recovery, hardware part and repair, laptop repair, Virus Removal, PC installation and setup services and other trouble shooting services. They can repair machines with the following brands: HP, Epson, Acer, Sony, Toshiba etc.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Why you should not Swallow Santol Seeds in the Philippines

Santol (Wild Mangosteen) grows abundantly in the summer and it is one of the sweetest things that would remind you of growing up in the Philippines. Santol is a delicately sweet, yet sour fruit commonly used in Filipino dishes like Sinigang.

So when you visit the Philippines, you may try all the tropical fruits such as sampaloc and santol. Do keep in mind when eating santol: Just suck, don't swallow. Santol seeds are deadly.

Eating enough santol seeds can perforate your intestines and kill you. The perforation will let out your bowel wastes into your blood stream. Santol seeds can also cause intestinal obstruction and immediate surgery is required. 

If you accidently swallowed one, make sure to watch your bowels, make sure to poop out the seed. You may try a laxative. If it doesn't pass and you are experiencing pain in your abdomen, go see a doctor.

More Santol Facts:
Santol is known scientifically as Sandoricum koetjape and called wild mangosteen by English speaking countries. It has several other names: gratawn in Thai, kompem reach in Khmer, tong in Lao, donka in Sinhalese, and faux mangoustanier in French. Santol grows from sea level of elevation to a height of 3,000 feet above sea level. It grows better in deep and organic grounds, and with great distribution of rainfall throughout the year, although it tolerates long periods of dry season. The distance of planting from each other is 20 to 25 feet.
Source: This sweet and sour fruit called santol

Here is an offcial advisory from Manila Medical Center:

It's the season of santol. Santol abound in the fruit stands.

Recently, in Ospital ng Maynila Medical Center (OMMC), we have patients being operated on for obstructions and perforations of the large intestines caused by swallowed santol seeds. Quite a number have died because of late presentation. The same situation is being encountered in other hospitals. 

We, the surgical staff of OMMC, feel the mortality and morbidity associated with santol seed swallowing have reached a magnitude to consider the practice of swallowing santol seeds a public health problem.

We feel this public health problem with its potential for premature death is totally preventable by simply NOT swallowing santol seeds.

Thus, this notice of concern and advisory.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

How much is the Overstaying Fee for Tourists in the Philippines?

I think as a rule of thumb for any traveller staying in any country, don't show up at the airport with an expired visa. And don't throw a fit if they won't clear you for your flight. If you had time to overstay, you could at least endure a day in queue at the Bureau of Immigration.

Yes, they have a counter at the airport that deals with overstaying tourists. But NAIA doesn't want to encourage this among tourists. Overstaying shouldn't be taken lightly. In other countries, overstayers are detained then deported.

As of March 2010, a balikbayan friend of mine paid P2,500 for a 30 day overstay.

The penalty for overstaying is P500 per month plus extension fees which usually adds up to P2,520. The common figure I encountered when I ask overstayers, the ones who are drunk as shit in Boracay and the last thing they could care about are their passports.

Travellers can pay up at the immigration counter in NAIA on the day of their flight. A risky move and if you have insufficient funds they will not allow you to board your flight. Its a no pay, no flight policy.

So save yourself from the stress and get a proper extension at the Immigration office.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Filipino Forums: Pinoy Niche Communities

If you're new in the Philippines and wish to find like-minded enthusiasts of your sport, hobby or profession. Then you may try to visit one of these pinoy forums:

Pinoy Guns

For ammunition and gun ethusiasts in the Philippines. Here you can meet reloading experts, gun pros and people in the defense and protection industry. You'll also find out about gun shops, firing ranges and where to get your gun license. This is as close as you can get to Texas in the PI :p


A forum on weight training and bodybuilding in the Philippines. The forum has announcements and topics on bodybuilding events, coaching, diet, regimen, workout and gyms. Its the best place to ask on how to start bodybuilding and how to get those rock hard abs!

Reef Philippines Forum

For the softies with an intricate  aquatic hobby, this is the forum for you. If you are looking for custom built aquariums for your saltwater fish or how to keep that rare breed of fish you bought in Cartimar alive - well you can try this forum which has very extensive topics like macro algaes, coral care, aquarium supplies, filtration and disease treatments. There might even be a marine biologist on board to answer your questions.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Web Hosting Provider in the Philippines: A Review

MSWEB Network Solutions informally known as Marvinsweb Solutions is a Web Hosting Provider in Manila, Philippines. For hosting services, they only accept full annual payments. They are not the cheapest around, but their hosting packages are reasonably price. Payment methods via Bank deposit and Western Union Money Transfer. They host a number of corporate websites and most notably the US Embassy local website. They are a popular hosting provider among local web designers and freelancers.

Things I liked about them:

*I like the fact that their site clearly indicates what you get in the hosting packages in detail and there are no hidden charges or missing services/features in the packages that would surprise you later on.

* They have a lot of hosting package options for you to choose from. So do your research and consult a professional about your website requirements before making a purchase. Buying the cheapest package available will not necessarily save you money, it might not be what your site needs. Consider your bandwidth needs, the files you will be uploading, etc.

* Their tech support is prompt and reliable in resolving issues.

*They are popular and have been in business for quite sometime.

Things I didn't like with their service: 

*Too many control panels to sign into, its overwhelming. You got one at the main site under the customers box, you got one for your domain like a helm/control panel and one separate login for tech or help support. So you have 3 passwords to juggle. 

* Their tech support is prompt and reliable in resolving issues. But blames you for the problem anyway. re: Activate DNS Settings button (doesn't really promise to automate things for you does it?). Guys its lame, just be honest if there is something wrong or some delay than to come up with some excuse (like DNS pointed to a different nameserver) just to pin the fault on your paying client. Most of your clients don't even know what a nameserver is, let alone redirect it somewhere with a specific address in mind. 

Well to users looking into purchasing web domains and hosting space, hope this helps you in making a decision. This post is a review, based on my opinion and my experience with the service. Hopefully the service would continue to live up to its name or make room for improvements.

Overall, Marvinsweb is a reliable hosting service. Yes, they can do without the quirks. But I think one should give the service a try :)

I'll be reviewing other hosting companies as well. So visit often!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Where to find Corporate Giveaways Supplier in the Philippines?

Looking for a reliable supplier for promo items and corporate giveaways? You may try to contact the following and check out their website for a comprehensive list of their promo products.

Dinsmor Promo Enterprises provides products for promotional and marketing campaigns, election campaign materials, corporate giveaways and personalized souvenirs.

• Customized Ref Magnets
• Restaurant Ref Magnets
• Souvenir Magnets
• Magnetic Calendars
• Magnetic Add-a-Pads
• Magnetic Picture Frames
• Foam Magnets
• Wall Clocks
• Acrylic Signage
• Flyer Standee
• Grocery Stopper
• Menu Holder L-Shape with Cut
• Menu Holder Triangle base
• Table Sign L-Shape
• Table Sign A-shape
• Perforated Static Cling (Printed Car Sun Shields)
• PVC Products (PVC Bag Tags, PVC Pins, PVC Cards)
• Decals (Outdoor Stickers)
• Temporary Tattoos
• Tarpaulins
• Mousepads
• Mousepad with Diecut
• Bottle Openers
• Car Utility Bags

Telephone : (+632) 400-8716
Facsimile : (+632) 400-3970
Sun Mobile : 0922-833-3289

Address : 138 San Juan St., cor. FB Harrison, Pasay City
Email :

Promoworx Corporate Giveaways
They specialize in the following promotional items and customized giveaways:
• Ceramic Mugs
• Stainless Mugs
• Rubber Keychains
• Acrylic Keychains
• Plastic Wares
• Pillows
• Towels
• Ballpens
• Jogging Pants
• Buntings
• ID Lace
• Bags
• T-Shirts
• Jackets
• Caps
• Comforter
• Plastic Identification Cards
• Umbrellas

Medical Promo Items:
• Tongue Depressor
• Baby Mat
• OB Mat
• Nursery Mat
• Slippers
• Patches
• Pill Holders

Contact this Corporate Giveaways supplier Philippines:
Office Address: #23 Jasmin St., Happy Site, Marulas, Valenzuela City.
Telephone: (632) 2916015
Telefax: (632) 4454227
Mobile: 09206342062

Monday, February 8, 2010

Where to Order Promotional Sticky Notes in Manila?

Promotional sticky notes are like "Post-It" notes only they are customized using your corporate logo. They are a type of corporate giveaway or promo item given as souvenirs to clients.

My Touchtab Sticky Notes is a Philippine manufacturer of promotional sticky notes and personalized paper related products such as calendars, desk cubes, paper cubes and notepads. Their office is located at:

429 Quintin Paredes St., Binondo, 1006
Manila, Philippines

Click to Enlarge Map (Follow route from Carriedo LRT Station to Quintin Paredes Street)

(632) 244.6110
(632) 244.6111
(632) 244.6150 

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Where to Buy, Sell or Exchange Sodexho Gift Checks in the Philippines?

Holidays bring about the best and possibly lame gift givers. The Gift Cheque givers being the most uncreative - so what does one do when you receive all these SM gift checks? Or a Sodexho gift cheque? Also known as GCs (GeeCees)

GCs or Sodexho gift cheques are popular  during the holidays. They are also given away as prizes to contests ranging from radio promos, raffles and pageants.

If you don't want to get something from the store at 'gift cheque value', an alternative would be to sell or trade the gift check for money. Most people do this after Christmas especially employees and clients who receive loads of gift checks as bonuses.

Your best bet to get money out of your Sodexho Gift Cheque is the local pawnshop and the neighborhood moneychanger. These traders will purchase your cheque for a certain percent (10%-20%) or P100 to P50 off its gift cheque value.

Let's say you have a P500 gift check, they will buy the check for P400 and the trader pockets P100 as profit. You may ask around the shops first who gives the best value for your check. If you don't like the trade off then consider spending the gift cheque at the mall at its full value. Or give it to your mother or girlfriend, she wouldn't mind :)

In Makati City, you may Sell or Exchange Sodexho Gift Cheques at the pawnshops and money changers in Makati Cinema Square or the PRC area (tail end of Pasong Tamo Makati near the Sta. Ana race track). You can also purchase gift checks from these shops.