My Fat Bastard Wine Tasting Experience

I’m not familiar with wines. A sip of it is already enough for me especially if the smell is too strong or the taste is too bitter (locally described as “aplod”). And because wines easily gives my head a spinning sensation, one glass is well sufficient for me.

Then, there’s this invitation from Carlo of Kalami Cebu and Carlo of Maverick Ideas. Since the invitation is still open hours before the event, out of curiosity I impulsively asked to join the event and also requested if I can bring with me my husband (coz really need a guardian in case I can’t manage myself when I get tipsy)

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Fat Bastard Wine Tasting was held at the second floor of D+B Wine Shop which is located at Crossroads Banilad, Cebu City. D+B Wine’s idea is to bring the best wines here in the Philippines for the Filipinos to be familiar with and of course enjoy a glass or two. They offer a wide variety of wines and for this night, they feature Fat Bastard Wines. The wine testing was held at the second floor of D+B Wines Shop.

I’m glad I joined as I gained new knowledge about wines.

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What I learned:

  • That there’s this Swirl –> Smell –> Sip steps to taste the wine:
    Swirl – Give your glass a little swirl, circles in the air, for the wine to incorporate with the oxygen. This wine and oxygen combination adds flavor to the wine.
    Smell – Stick your nose at the mouth of the glass and smell the wine. Smell the wine’s aroma to be familiar with the wine.
    Sip – Take a sip, letting the wine spread inside the mouth before swallowing.
  • Wine’s descriptions are associated with femininity:
    Notice the streaks of wine that roll down the side of the glass when it is swirled, they are described as legs. Legs that are smooth or light. :) Also, then wines are described as having a fruity or fresh aroma just like a scent of a woman. And then there’s smooth or round or bouquet and I don’t remember which part of wine was it described.
  • Hold the glass in the stem. Holding the bowl part of the glass warms the wine.
  • White wines are best paired with salads or white meat.
    Red wines are best paired with red meat and chocolate cakes.
  • As wine complements the dishes, the flavor varies when you drink it before, during and after the dish is eaten. Europeans drink wine as a food since pairing wine with the food creates pleasure unlike Filipinos that drink to booze 😀

What I drinked:

For the white wines, D+B Wines Shop offered Fat Bastard’s Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. I was able to finish a glass of Sauvignon Blanc. Not too strong to me and definitely I like the taste. I tried the second glass of  Chardonnay but was consumed only half of it. I still prefer the Sauvignon Blanc. Hhmn, the mommy in me want to indulge this wine after work. How is that?
For the red wine, Merlot and Pinot Noir was offered and it was hubby’s favorite. According to him, it taste different from wines he tasted without that sour taste. Taste just right and expensive, he said. He planned of bringing me back here in D+B Wine Shop for a date…I wonder when :)

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Wine is indeed pleasurable and I think a glass of wine did have an effect on everyone as everyone gets comfortable with each other through the night.

Thank you for the lovely evening Fat Bastard Wines and D+B Wines Shop.

Goodness Giveaway for Mommies this Mother’s Day

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This month, as a tribute to all awesome mommies, I am having hosting a giveaway :)
For being grateful for someone who will spend sleepless nights just so her kids will be taken care of, for being patient with mischievous, hard-headed kids, for sacrificing career, if not juggling career and family just to handle both and for being supportive in every ups and downs of her children’s lives.

For Mama Lorna, thank you for that love and care. Daghan Salamat :)

Have you said your gratitude to you mama, nanay, mommy? Say it now and always, not just on special occasions but everyday. Let her know you are thankful.

Anyways, please join my giveaway to win your mommy a gift and give it to her as a gesture of being thankful.

Giveaway Contents:
Winner of the giveaway will receive:

  • Plans and Purpose Worksheet by Olivia Team
    Plans & Purposes: A 12-Month Workbook is a tool designed to help you accomplish at least three major goals in the span of a year. Simplify to-do list by breaking down your action plans on a monthly basis. Evaluate your progress at the end of each month in order to plan the next. Though we are already on the fifth month of the year, never to late to start, right?
  • Nature Body Wash, Feminine Wash and Lotion by Human Nature
    According to their site, Human Nature is a social enterprise brand of natural beauty and personal care products, driven by its love for the Philippines, the poor, and the environment. I love that Human Nature consider what’s best for our country, the Filipino people and the environment.
    Because they are using natural ingredients, I am comforted that my skin is being moisturized and soothed, thus fresh and healthy. Feed with goodness!
  • Sun-Ripened Raspberry Fragrance Mist from Bath and Body Works
    The smell of sweet smell raspberry is just so mild and refreshing. Good for mommies who loves lighter smell of fragrance in colognes and perfumes.

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Giveaway Mechanics:

  1. Follow @mommyafterwork at Instagram
  2. Like or Share this post by clicking the FB Like, Twitter or G+ button above
  3. Comment on this post with your message of gratitude fo your mom

Giveaway Guidelines:

  1. Competition closes May 14, 2017
  2. Winner will be chosen on the night of May 14, 2017
  3. Giveaway is open to Cebu residents only
  4. Winner will be chosen through random.org  www.miniwebtool.com

Good Luck.

Congratulations Mommy Rose Angelie :)

Note:
This is not a paid post.
I just personally love the products and thought of sharing it with you this Mother’s Day Month.

Plastering Personality: The Pleasure Of Creating For Your Own Home Space

Design is something that’s resoundingly important when it comes to creating a home that you love, one that reflects your personality and highlights all of the little quirks and niches you carry in your soul. It often doesn’t take much time at all to find something to decorate our homes that we enjoy, but sometimes, we feel like our space is missing that certain ‘je ne sais qoui.’

While initially seeming like a roadblock to the perfect home, this is actually the time where you have the biggest opportunity for exploration. In order to fully identify what you want, you have to create it. This can be one of the most important undertakings you will ever embark on when it comes to sorting your beautiful home from lovely to stunning.

What follows is a list of home items you can create yourself that might help stamp your personality that little bit more on the home you occupy and cherish.

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Create Artwork Yourself

Decking out your walls with the next Banksy or original Picasso is a fantastic endeavour, but sometimes it might not be the right fit for you. In order to fully apply yourself to your living space, creating your own artwork might be something that makes your move in that much more special.

It could be as simple as dabbing a wall of your living room with the multi-colored painted handprints of your family, or a painting of a local landscape you’ve done in your spare time. It’s easy to desire a home that’s filled with all of the modern luxuries and decors, but putting some good old fashioned heart into things can be a reward in itself.

Craft Wooden Furniture

Woodworking is a joy because once you realise how little effort you need to understand the fundamentals, you can be well on your way to making something of value. Crafting an object using hand tools will eschew the cost of a workshop setup. This doesn’t mean you have to create a four poster master bed just yet, but putting a simple table or box for storage together can lend you some credibility when you claim your home is your home.

Not all of us have the time, energy or even ability to learn how to craft furniture though, and sometimes more specialist areas like outside decking require more of a professional touch. In order to communicate your wishes with a reliable and talented service, consider using specialists who do decking DIY projects – technical data sheets.

Identify Colors That Please You

This is more important than you think. In order to fully appreciate the range of areas in your home consider trying to find what colors best reflect your personality. Are you a relaxed minimalist? White and light blues might be the best for you. Are you a jazzy, soulful personality? Oranges, reds and yellows are for you. Decide what style works for you and check out what arrangements you can make.

If you have a family, consider having an informal meeting and decide what everyone likes. Maybe your four-year-olds suggestion of ‘unicorns everywhere’ can be taken with a grain of salt, but for the most part identifying what makes your family tick and finding some way to reflect that in your home will make it that much more of a loving living space.

Small Bedroom, Deep Impact

If we’re honest, most of us would absolutely love to have a big bedroom. I for one, would love to have a spacious bedroom considering we co-sleep with kids. But the reality of our financial situation means that it probably isn’t going to happen. At least, not yet. As a result, we keep our eyes peeled for ways to make the most of the small bedrooms that we have.

Check out these bedroom decorating ideas for small bedrooms that will have a deep impact.

Lighten Up Your Palette

Fashion star Andrew Gn lives right in the middle of Paris. Despite the fact that he’s doing rather well for himself, not even he is able to afford the space for a luxurious bedroom in his particular part of town. As a result, he’s had to get creative to make the most of the space that he has.

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On the floor of his bedroom is a 1950’s Swedish rug with quintessential Nordic charm. Above that are two nightstands, designed by Benoit Langlade. And on top of those are two 1970s lamps with gold bases. The rest of the room, including the walls, the upholstery on the Danish armchair and the bed sheets are pure white, designed to evoke a sense of space.

Fill Your Bedroom With Collectibles

If you’ve got a small room, but you’re not interested in making it feel bigger, you can still create an impact by doing something unusual. A collector from New York, for instance, decided to fill his room with as many exciting items as he could from his travels in the Orient. Practically every square inch of the room is home to one strange artifact or another.

Use Earthy Tones

Living in downtown New York is cramped at the best of time. But many designers from the city give their apartments a feeling of space by including Earthy tones, like brown, dark green and black.

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Minimalist beds, as exemplified by the designer beds by Cuckooland, are also essential to help avoid making the room appear too cramped. The lines of the bed should be as simple and as elegant as possible, and it should be draped in warm, cozy linens.

Saturate The Walls

Lorry Newhouse, a fashion designer from England, was asked to work on a small attic bedroom in an old cottage in Southampton, a city on the south coast of Great Britain. She decided that the room needed a bit more “oomph” and so she began drawing up designs using whimsical patterns all over the walls, ceiling, windows and bed clothes. Eventually, she decided on using curtains, wallpaper, and bed skirts from Rose Cummings to create a complex, blue-patterned design, giving the bedroom an eclectic atmosphere.

Add A Canopy

The problem with many bedrooms is that they lack a main event. There’s nothing to draw the gazer’s attention to one particular point or another. French homes, however, regularly make use of a canopy over the bed, designed to make the bed feel more important than it looks when it’s situated in such a small room. Canopies also help to add height to rooms that are small.

SM Seaside Cebu’s Spread 3.0 – A Taste of the Word

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Last April 9, 2017, SM Seaside Cebu had their third version of Spread, a food celebration, this time with the theme “A Taste of the World”.

Held at the Mountain Wing Activity Center of SM Seaside. Dishes from the exhibitors showcased their specialty dishes that will surely be a delight to everyone’s tummy.

The exhibitors are:

Yellow Cab Pizza
– serves pizza, pasta and chicken.
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Classic Savory
– serves Filipino and Chinese dishes. Roasted chicken and their pancit is our favorite.
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Mr Burrito Mexican Food
– with their sauces freshly made everyday, who can’t resist those burritos and taco.
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Yoshinoya Japan’s Famous Beef Bowl
– serves Japanese dishes like beef bowl or Gyudon.
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Room for Dessert
– a meal is not complete without desserts, right? Their cakes are so tempting.
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Tubo Cane Juice
– go natural using tubo (sugar cane) as the natural sweetener to your juices or slushes.
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The Lemon Co
– thirst quench with lemon juices.
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Seaside Saloon Bar & Grill
– serves beverages and drinks with alcohol.
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All these are available here in SM Seaside Cebu.

Thank you SM Seaside and CBC for the invitation.
We had fun.
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Nutri10 Plus

If you have super active and at same time picky eater child, like mine, I’m sure you also worry if the nutrient from the food they consume is sufficient. Sure my kids eat spaghetti and chicken adobo but when you give them sautéed mixed vegetables, then it’s a different story as it takes more minutes for a spoonful of veggies to be chewed and swallowed. (Making dishes more colorful is still a work in progress for me :) )

To supplement the lacking vitamins, minerals and nutrients, we give our kids multivitamins. Nowadays, more multivitamins options means more choices thus, its okey to be mindful on what vitamins and minerals to give to your kids based on their needs.

Are your kid’s immunity low? no energy to play? too thin or small for his/her age? too tired to do their assignments? iron-deficient? Is a little of something combined together a good choice or one vitamin or mineral at time better Whatever the need, be sure to pick the right multivitamin with the most stuff your kids need.

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Then there’s Nutri10 Plus.

What is Nutri10 Plus?
According to thefilipinodoctor.com, Nutri10 Plus is a food supplement. It helps promote overall immunity, maximize physical growth & enhance brain development. Nutri10 Plus’ Facebook Page has this infographic about the 4 amino acids, vitamins and minerals in a bottle of Nutri10 Plus.

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Nutri10 Plus has:

  • Taurine – promotes brain development for sharp mind and good memory;
  • Lysine – helps boost appetite;
  • CGF (Chlorella Growth Factor) – promotes healthy and accelerated growth to children;
  • Zinc that boosts the body’s immunity.

Plus it also contains Vitamins A, D, E, Bs, and C.

These nutrients are essentials to the kid’s growing stage.

Nutri10 Plus Ingredients:
Vitamins, Minerals, Sucrose, Sorbitol, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Citrate, Citric Acid, Sodium CMC, Polysorbate 80, Sodium Benzoate, Water and Ponkan flavor (artificial)

Nutri10 Plus Flavor:
Orange sweet flavor.

Nutri10 Plus Recommendation Usage:
1 -9 yrs old (2.5ml)
10-12 yrs old (5ml)

Since the eldest’s diet is good (at least she now eats vegetables and fruits, though not all), Nutri10 Plus is here to help my youngest son.

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Disclaimer: ​Nutri10 Plus were given to us for free from Mommy Bloggers Philippines and Wert Philippines

10 Money Principles Kids Should Learn from MoneyMax Philippines

Had you wish you were taught about money matters as early as during your childhood days?
I do.
It could have been a big help for me to become financially responsible. I came from family of meager income and I don’t blame my parents nor my grandparents who tried their best to make both ends meet. It might be late for me but maybe not for kids in this generation as Kyle from MoneyMax Philippines share financial tips through his infographic about 10 Money Principle Kids Should Learn.

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MoneyMax.ph is a service that help Filipinos save time and money through better information about their financial choices and expenditures.

Lazada PH’s Nescafe Dolce Gusto Promo

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Lazada’s Birthday Sale is coming up and great deals will be pouring from Lazada’s brand and merchant partners. With discounts on products across all categories, everyone is sure to enjoy browsing their website or mobile app to check out the best offers the Birthday Sale has to offer.
One of the brands which came up with an irresistible offer is Nescafe. Coffee lovers will be delighted to know that during the 3-day sale from March 21 to 23, Nescafe Dolce Gusto will be offering a free coffee machine for a minimum purchase of 8 boxes of coffee capsules. For only P3,400, one can get not only 8 boxes of assorted coffee capsules but also a FREE Nescafe Dolce Gusto Oblo Machine. On the other hand, a Nescafe Dolce Gusto Mini-Me Machine will come for free for every purchase of 10 boxes of assorted coffee capsules and a purchase of 12 boxes comes with a free Dolce Gusto Genio 2 Machine. The 10-box assorted coffee capsule package with a free Dolce Gusto Mini-Me Machine is priced at P4,250 while the 12-box coffee capsule pack with a free Dolce Gusto Genio 2 Machine will only cost P5,100.

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Lazada affiliate bloggers had the chance to check out the Nescafe Dolce Gusto Mini-Me Machine during the unboxing event held on March 16. The compact and automatic coffee machine would look good in any kitchen counter with its modern design. Not only does the machine allow you to choose on whether you want your beverage hot or cold; it also allows the user, through its Play and Select function, to create the perfect coffee for himself.

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Operating the machine is very easy. During the unboxing, the machine was tested with the Chococino capsules. Chocochino is prepared with two capsules, one containing pure premium chocolate and the other with whole milk. Simply turn on the machine and once the light indicator turns green, the machine can start its work. The capsule with chocolate was slid in first followed by the capsule containing milk. Each capsule indicates a number of bars which needs to be selected through the Play and Select function. The machine automatically stops at the right moment and an aromatic beverage is ready to be enjoyed!

Making beverages is fun and easy with the Dolce Gusto coffee machines. And with a vast selection of beverages, from Espresso, to Cappuccino, hot chocolate and even teas, each coffee machine will be a good kitchen companion day and night. What are you waiting for? Getting your Dolce Gusto coffee machine can never be more effortless with Lazada offering not only CASH ON DELIVERY but also FREE DELIVERY. This offer is only available for 3 days so make sure that you grab this limited offer. Lazada’s Birthday Sale runs from March 21 to 23 so check out Lazada.com.ph to see thousands of discounted products.

LUZVIMIN Schools win at the 2017 Ajinomoto® Umami Culinary Challenge

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Over 300 aspiring chefs from 52 schools and universities competed in the 2017 Ajinomoto® Umami Culinary Challenge (UCC) at the Philippine Trade and Training Center (Manila). This event was the culmination of the national roadshow that began last August 2016 in Cagayan de Oro and October 2016 at Cebu City.

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Liza Soberano and Enrique Gil, who are both Ajinomoto endorsers, also graced the event to provide encouragement for all the student-competitors and kicked-off the event’s highly anticipated awarding ceremony.

The Grand Prize winners for the Ajinomoto® UCC’s National Culinary Showdown came from VIZMIN in which each school received PhP 15,000.00 in cash, medals and certificates.

University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines from Cagayan de Oro for the Best Filipino Umami Dish Category

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and University of St. La Salle – Bacolod for the My Own Umami Creation Category.

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For the Luzon culinary competitions the big winners were:

Perpetual Help College –Manila

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Chiang Kai Shek College;

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and Polytechnic University of the Philippines.

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The Umami Bowl Award and PhP 50,000-worth of kitchen appliances were bagged by St. Dominic College of Asia for receiving the highest accumulated score in major categories.

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The Ajinomoto® UCC is an annual inter-school culinary competition that started in the year 2009. This event provides a training ground for future chefs and nutrition professionals to enhance their cooking skills and nutrition awareness. It is part of Ajinomoto’s “Eat Well, Live Well.®” advocacy to promote the benefit of umami taste in preparing deliciously nourishing recipes. The panel of judges is composed of Food and Nutrition luminaries invited to offer valuable insights to student-competitors on how to apply culinary skills and nutrition knowledge in the creation of nourishing umami dishes. This event is presented by AJINOMOTO PHILIPPINES CORPORATION in partnership with La Germania, Solane, Masflex, Fujidenzo and Anvil Publishing, Inc.

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Ajinomoto Philippines Corporation (APC), established in 1958, is an affiliate of Tokyo-based Ajinomoto Co., Inc. APC lives by its promise to provide consumers products that will always give the delicious taste to healthy and nutritious meals as embodied in APC’s slogan Ajinomoto® “Eat Well, Live Well.®” APC’s complete line of quality food and seasoning products are produced by international affiliates and local factories using Ajinomoto’s license, quality standards and technological expertise. APC’s products include AJINO-MOTO® Umami Seasoning, Ajinomoto® Brand Ginisa Flavor Seasoning Mix, Ajinomoto® Brand Chicken Powder, PORKSAVOR® All-in-One Seasoning Mix, CRISPY FRY® Breading Mix, CRISPY FRY® Seasoned Crumbs, TASTY BOY® All Purpose Breading Mix, AJI-SHIO® Seasoning Mix, Ajinomoto® Brand Sinigang Cube SARSAYA™ Oyster and Sweet and Sour Sauce and “amino FRES-C” Instant Juice Drink.

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Chef Donita Rose shares her Jolly Heart Mate recipe at the Sinulog Festival 2017

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Cebu City, Philippines – The rewarding experience of sharing a feast is just one of the many perks of cooking especially for Filipinos and Jolly Heart Mate Canola ambassador Chef Donita Rose happily shares her passion in cooking at her Regional Festival Tour in the Sinulog Festival.

Sinulog became one of the grandest and most renowned festival in the country that is being held every third Sunday of January. It is festival honoring Senyor Sto. Nino (Child Jesus). To add more colors to the festival in Cebu, Jolly Heart Mate Canola Oil is proud to bring Chef Donita Rose for a live cooking demo during the hype of the festival.

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Last January 14 at 5:30 PM, at SM City Cebu Event Center, Chef Donita prepared Popiah, a vegetable spring roll which is famous in Cebu while adding her own twist to the recipe using her cooking techniques and unique fresh ingredients from the Queen City of the South. Plus, Cebu mommies and foodies got the chance to taste the dish made by Chef Donita.

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“The Cebuanos, with their wide array of food cuisines, really love to eat particularly during the week-long festival of Sinulog. Our culture is practically centered on food which bring families closer, so we should also be aware of how we prepare food and what ingredients we use for the dishes that we serve,” said Chef Donita.

Chef Donita also wants to help Cebuanos to prepare delocious dishes using their harvest and making it heart healthy with the use of Jolly Hear Mate Canola Oil.

“We must always be conscious that the ingredients we used should be good for the heart, like Jolly Hear Mate Canola oil which contains the lowest amount of bad fats (saturated fats) but packs in the good kind like omega 3 and 6, ” Donita shared.

Jolly Heart Mate Canola Oil also contains Vitamin A and has a pale golden color, light texture and neutral taste that makes it good for all kinds of cooking. Aside from being versatile, it also ha one of the highest smoking points which make it a very ideal for frying.

“We are very happy that Donita continues to be the brand ambassador of Jolly Heart Mate Canola Oil, she easily connects well with her audience given her lively personality. Her passion for cooking can be easily seen, and we believe that she can inspire others to live a healthy lifestyle by using healthy oil like Jolly Heart Mate Canola Oil in all dishes we cook at home and especially festivals such as the Sinulog, ” added Zen Prudention, Fly Ace Corporation Senior Product Manager for Jolly Heart Mate Canola oil.

For more information on Chef Donita’snext event with Jolly Heart Mate Canola Oil, visit their afacebook page on www.facebook.com/JollyHeartMateCanolaOil

FlyAce Corporation is one of the leading food and beverage consumer goods companies in the country today. Propelling limitless multiple-category growth by bringing the best of the world closer to the Filipino consumers, Fly Ace Corporation of portfolio of food and beverage products includes house brands and exclusively distributed brands. To learn more about Fly Ace, visit www.flyacecorp.com

Jolly Heart Mate Canola Oil is the number one canola oil in the Philippines according to Nielsen Retail Index 2015-2016. It is one of the house brands marketed and distributed by Fly Ace Corporation and is available in leading supermarkets nationwide. To know more about Jolly Heart Mate Canola Oil, like our page on facebook www.facebook.com/JollyHeartMateCanolaOil

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