FASHIONISTA: Tomato’s Bags and Wallets, Trendy and Great Value With Attitude

BEING FASHION-SAVVY AT GREAT VALUE is what sets Tomato bags and wallets distinctly from others. These items, ranging from P250 to P650, are style upgrades that are durable, dependable and trendy.

“Bags and wallets are essential items. We simply can’t go anywhere without them. Bags are also accessories that complete our total look—and this is what Tomato bags are designed for. There’s a Tomato bag that fits every look and every occasion. Our wallets, on the other hand, are trendy as well as functional,” says Karen Espiritu, Tomato marketing manager.

Avida Towers San Lorenzo: A dream come true for seekers of a balanced lifestyle

THE GRAND LAUNCH OF TOWER 2 OF AVIDA TOWERS SAN LORENZO offers another chance to be part of the Avida community. The launch unveils the perfect lifestyle opportunity for those who work hard, but still strive to achieve a work-life balance.

REEL DEAL Movies and Television: The Adventures of Pureza Queen of the Riles

The Adventures of Pureza
Queen of the Riles
We can't help to  love  MELASON (Melai Cantiveros and Jason Fransisco) even outside the big brother  house. They have been household names ever since. I consider Melai as my favorite big winner for PBB. They have indeed come a long way now, aside from their regular shows like banana split Happy Yipee Yehey and other shows like Wansapanatym's "Inday Bote"  they both have leveled-up into a making their first Movie together: “The Adventures of Pureza: Queen of the Riles”!

The newest comedy offering from Star Cinema with Sine Screen, Melai and Jason takes the limelight this time as major lead stars like Joem Bascon, Nico Antonio Martin Del Rosrio, Bekimon, Bianca Manalo with Special Participation of Pokwang and Ms. Gina Pareno. In fact, the Prinsesa ng Masa, Melai, gets the title role no less in what could be the birth of another ace comedienne. And the whole country couldn’t be any happier…

New Things to watch out for MTL!

Yes, things are getting cooler here at Manual to Lyf as we its transforms to like a newspaper or magazine that have segments for easier reading. This would help you know what to read in the right places. Last month I intoduced LakBayan and Fashionista. Putting them into categories not only gives order to post but also a sleeker look on the topics. Presenting the new Manual to Lyf segments!

Blah Blah Blog RAINY DAYS: I'm so Wet!

I'm so wet!

Yahoo! OMG! Awards at Republiq!

The votes are in!
The people have spoken on who are worthy to be part of the first Yahoo! OMG! Awards held at Republiq at Resorts World Manila. From the online poll raised by Yahoo! It was a night of stellar proportions as it has lot of celebrities who attended the awards night. Coincidentally, there was also another award giving-body that was staged in Resorts World so this is why the constellations have come down.

But Yahoo! OMG! Awards takes the night for being the most posh and most elegant event of the night with the personalities walking on the purple carpet. Plus this is a first for Yahoo! Philippines but also has been a forerunner and model for Yahoo! for the region.

HEALTHY LYF: Be Prepared for the SUPERBUG!

The Wet Season is here again and this means the start of the sickness season. With typhoons now entering the country more often, the spread of diseases are also on the rise. One of them is the deadly antibiotic-resistant bacteria better known as the “superbug”. These bacteria is like a superhero that is resistant even with mankind’s most powerful class of antibiotics, the carbapenems, is ineffective against them and they have the potential to cause fatal illnesses. Philippine health authorities warn us that the country is at risk of superbug infection.

1st International Agriculture and Tourism Expo (IATE)

Experience agriculture and tourism at its best at the much-awaited 1st International Agriculture and Tourism Expo (IATE) from June 30 to July 2, 2011 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City.
The first of its kind in the country, the 3-day expo offers an avenue for learning as it brings together world-class experts to conduct awareness campaigns and seminars on the latest agricultural and tourism innovations and trends in the global market.

“The potential of the Philippine economy to grow as a result of developing these two major industries: Agriculture and Tourism prompted the organization of this event. Mainly, the expo intends to make people aware of this knowledge and provide the necessary opportunities for learning, building partnerships, encouraging investments and promoting the Philippines as an agri-tourist destination,” said Kenneth Dong, president of A-Linx Events International, Inc., the official organizer of the IATE.

Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival, A Brand New of Family Entertainment

Mickey Mouse and his band of friends, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy will be performing in a music mash-up of mega proportions as Disney Live! comes to Manila and Cebu City for the first time with its newest stage show Mickey’s Music Festival. Concert goers will hear greatest hits from the blockbuster movies, Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, and Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story remixed to rock, pop, reggae, hip-hop, jazz and country, among other jams. Produced by Feld Entertainment, Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival brings the biggest concert experience to hit live family entertainment.

Accent Problem? Let MTACS Help You With That!

You speak English? Sure you can, but can you speak less the accent that you are used to?Being accent free requires to have the right resources and the right people who are qualified and trained with a great command of the neutral English style. We know that Filipinos have a certain accent that makes our English distinguishable with the neutral accent. Same thing goes for Americans who have regional accents like in the Southern States and the semi-British accent of the North East coast.

Amazing Cooking Kids are Better Than Grown Ups in Cooking!

In the world of the culinary arts, where one would require the passion and the expertise to become a top chef and also please the discriminating taste buds of patrons, is not anymore exclusive to adults that have went to cooking schools and have undergone extensive training in perfecting this art. Now, kids are taking over the kitchen, not to play but to get serious and show that they can whip up something great or even better than grown ups do.

Started last April 16, these kids (ranging from 9 to 12 years old) proved that it is not just age, height or hand size can hinder cooking talent in GMA 7's, AMAZING COOKING KIDS hosted by Carmina Villaroel.

MUSIC LYF: Show Girl KYLIE MINOGUE releases KYLIE Hits CD+DVD only in Southeast Asia


I am excited to see Kylie Minogue with her Aphrodite 2011 World Tour Live in Manila on July 5, 2011 at the Araneta Coliseum, Polyeast Records thru EMI Music Japan release KYLIE HITS CD+DVD. Here’s the biggest hits collection that includes her most captivating hits, remixes, live performances and music videos which dominated the charts in the late 1980s up to the new age of electro pop 2011. Bringing her back to the world stage, this latest offering from the ‘Show Girl’ herself is now hitting the stores and only available in Southeast Asia.

Watch Team Azkals in action through the Cortal SQR Facebook Promo!

The new Cortal SQR, the official pain reliever of Team Azkals, gives you the chance to win tickets to the much anticipated match between Sri Lanka and our very own Philippine National Football Team. It all happens on July 03, 2011 at the Rizal Memorial Stadium in Manila, Philippines.

Here's how you can win those tickets:

1. Search and Like the "Cortal SQR" Page on Facebook.

2. On the wall of Cortal SQR Facebook Page, from June 21 to June 28, post your most creative cheer for its newest ambassador, the Philippine Azkals for their game on July 3, 2011. Your post / cheer will serve as your official entry to the Facebook promo.

3. The post / cheer should end with “Sa Cortal SQR, We Believe, Kaya Nyo Yan!”.

4. Get as many Facebook friends as possible to like your post / cheer.

MUSIC LYF: Get a KATY PERRY Special Edition item and save your rainy days in a very stylish way!

It’s the rainy days and you would still like to look your best in your fun outfit! Then get your own treat from Katy Perry with a specially repackaged album plus an umbrella inspired by her vivacious spirit and fun personality.
EMI Music and Polyeast Records would like to give away highly sought- after Katy Perry items up for sale today. All in one treat, you can now have KATY PERRY 2-CD SPECIAL PROMO PACKAGE ("One Of The Boys" CD + "Teenage Dream" CD) and a collector's item Katy Perry Pink Umbrella and look fun, fresh and fierce like Katy.

For only Php 700, you can now enjoy her megahits as a best-selling superstar with the global success of first and second studio album. The release of the second hit album “Teenage Dream” is Katy Perry’s follow-up to her massively successful 2008 debut, “One of The Boys.” It was released in August 2010 includes previously released singles like the 2010 dance floor-pop anthem “California Gurls” featuring Snoop Dogg, “Teenage Dream,” and the inspirational pop gem “Firework.” With her infectious fourth single, Katy’s Kanye West-featuring video for “E.T.” is just visually stunning big-budgeted slice of intergalactic sci-fi space glam.

REEL DEAL Movies and Television: Mr. Popper's Penguins

Mr Popper's Penguins
Jim Carey is back with his charismatic comedy in the book inspired movie Mr. Popper's Penguins. But the main stars of this flick is not him but the six Gentau Penguins that each has a unique attitude. Based on a children's book but in a different scenario for the film, Mr. Poppers Penguins is worthy to be a great family movie.

Blah Blah Blogs: 150 facts about Rizal

150 facts about Jose P. Rizal
(Part 1)

  1. Rizal means green fields thus the color green used in his markers and even his house in Calamba.
  2. Jose Rizal tomb marker was spelled R.P.J. by his sister to make sure his grave is kept secret to the Spaniards.
  3. The Hidelburg fountain, the fountain where Jose Rizal drank while in Germany writing the Noli me Tangere and El Filibutelero is now found in Luneta which is given as a gift by Germany. Revived by NPDC this year for his birth anniversary.

Who Will Win the First Yahoo OMG Philippine Awards?

Yahoo Philippines will be having its first YAHOO! OMG! Awards later at Resort world Manila. And for this monumental event, famous searches on the Yahoo website has been nominated in different categories. OMG! which was launched this March in the Philippines plays an important role in discovering news about local celebrities and even the independent music scene.

New Directions, New Lyf!

Just made new changes in the blog in terms of design, first the header and the logo, and then I also included my new black and white calling card which I say is so sleek. I just though of this makeover to start anew. Manual to Lyf believes in constant change to keep up with the time and its also the start of redesigning the blog itself. to make readers more comfortable reading the articles. Just last week I changed the theme into a lighter one to encourage people to read versus the dark (yet lively) theme I had for some time. I hope you enjoy this makeover and just in case you are interested in graphic arts just give me a the way, here is my calling card.

MUSIC LYF: Tunog Natin! Colors of Freedom at Ayala Gardens

A FREE concert featuring of the most promising names in the local music scene was staged on June 15 to lobby for public support for the slowly fading Original Pilipino Music (OPM).

LAKBAYAN: CHEERS Tours in Lubao and Sasmuan Pampanga

I am not really a from Pampanga but I always want to go here because of its natural wonders and also the cuisine. When we were invited to an river cleanup event in Lubao, I was interested. Of course as a backpacker, going places is my thing. And to be in Pampanga specifically in Lubao and Sasmuan are towns that I have not explored in the province.

FASHIONISTA: Be delicious: Tomato opens new branch in Market! Market!

L-R Marketing Manager Karen Espiritu, owner Mrs. Betty Dionisio,
General Luna Band, Managing Director Lennio Dionisio,
 Actor Fabio Ide and owner Mr. Daniel Dionisio.

MORE shoppers can now experience the delicious life now that fashion brand Tomato recently opened its new branch at Market! Market! in Taguig City.

Life 2.0: Ordinary housewife Jaymie Pizarro who pursued her dream of running

Jaymie Pizarro 
Part-time runner, full-time mom
Editor and publisher, The Bull Runner Website / Magazine

If you’ve ever joined some of the most popular running events like the adidas King of the Road, Condura, or even the ING New York Marathon, then you've probably shared the road with Jaymie Pizarro.The lady also known as The Bull Runner started running in December 2006, when she decided to drop the treadmill and increase her pace. See how the Tab technology elevates Jaymie's life as she plays wife, mom to two kids, running extraordinaire, and baby sign language instructor

Celebrate Father’s Day at The Legend Villas!

Be part of The Legend Villas’ Father’s Day Special and join the “Fastest Spaghetti Meatballs Eating Contest” on June 19, Sunday at 11:30am. The contest is open to all dine-in guests of the hotel’s Lola Maria Restaurant. Only the first 10 father and kid duo in good health can register and participate in the contest. Child must be 15 years old or below. Winners will receive an overnight stay at a Villa Suite Deluxe and other exciting prizes. You may also treat Dad to a sumptuous Filipino buffet for only P350. To top it all off, the first 50 Dads to dine in Lola Maria Restaurant will receive premium tokens. The Legend Villas is located along Pioneer Street in Mandaluyong City. For reservations and inquiries, call +6327022793 or visit

DZMM Radyo Patrol 630 Celebrates Silverradyo with Erik Santos and Angeline Quinto

DZMM, the leading fm station in the Metro is now celebrating its 25 years in the industry which they call SILVERADYO. Being the number one station, they also excel in also providing public service. With this celebration they are have also made this milestone an unforgettable one as they lauch their 25th anniversary Music Video with Singing champions Erik Santos and Angeline Quinto with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra. 

REEL DEAL Movies and Television: Forever and a Day

Star Cinema Presscon

We known them for their movies but we have not seen them together together in one movie. Another of Star Cinema has to offer for its 18th year. Directed by Cathy Garcia-Molina who also directed many blockbusters like A Very Special Love, My Amnesia Girl, One More Chance and You Got Me! Sam might have been part of direk Cathy's movies but its the first time for her to work with KC Concepcion. Coincidently we also worked with Matet De Leon as part of the cast which is also brings the daughters of the the Superstar Nora Aunor and the Megastar Sharon Cuneta.

Blah Blah Blogs: FREEDOM!

First of all...

As we celebrate the 113th year of our independence, it also marks a lot of firsts and rebirths. First, this is the first Independence day of PNoy but the holiday falls on a weekend that many wished it was the past administration. Second, this is also the first time I went to Pampanga to witness a clean up drive to promote a river cruise in the near future. Next, it is also Pentecost in the Catholic Church which marks the start of the mission of the apostles with gifts given by the Holy Spirit. Then it is also a rebirth of the Hiedelburg fountain in Rizal Park where the hero used to drink back in Germany. The week also starts the school year to other schools and also some colleges and universities. The country has gone through a lot and 113 years is no joke as it was also mixed with tears, sighs, blood and sweat of Filipinos who fought for this freedom. Lucky for us, we never got into Forced Labor, Spanish prosecution and Martial Law. But we also have our problem that we also need to face at these times. So independence will also depend on its people on how to keep it.

Freedom is what we celebrate today and its our duty to take care of it.

MUSIC LYF: Queen and Bon Jovi Battle of Rock Icons GRAND FINALS

Legends of the Rock scene Queen and Bon Jovi lives on with Robinson's Battle of Rock Icons held in Robinson's malls. The contest is open to bands singing to the tune of Queen or Bon Jovi songs. As the bands performed and won in their respective Robonson's Branches, the final showdown will prove who will be the best among them.

FASHIONISTA: Freeway honors National Artist F. Sionil Jose

We only have a handful of great National Artists that are living as of today, though being awarded with a prestigious honor, most of us still don't even know them. And I am not reffering to a so called artist that the industry also disgust (pun intended). But its good to hear that Freeway and similar brands Solo have infused fashion and the contributions of our National artists. Today Freeway honors National Artist for Literature Francisco Sionil Jose, author of the Rosales Novels like the Pretenders, My Brother My Executioner, Poon, Tree and Mass, with its new line up of clothes with quotes from his books and essays. 


Manual to Lyf is always vocal in voicing concerns about our natural resources that for years are being exploited by companies who are only after the profit. And for what we have left we should keep them safe from exploiters. Palawan, known as the last frontier of the Philippines, holds a lot of natural flora and fauna that cannot be found anywhere in the country. And we also campaigned for the Puerto Princessa Underground River to be the 7 new natural wonders of the world. But at Brooke's Point, there is a threat to do open-mining in this area. Many of the original residents are worried and oppose this action of MarcoAsia, the big mining firm involved in the open mine project allegedly brought thirty “fake” indigenous people. These so-called tribal chieftains showed support on MacroAsia despite opposite views from the majority of indigenous people from Brooke’s Point.



M& M’s® Characters may come in a spectrum of colours, but which is the most popular of them all? Today M& M’s® launched its Vote & Win campaign, calling all Filipinos to vote for the most popular M& M’s® Candydate.

Tunog Natin! concert series lobbies support for OPM


A FREE concert featuring some of the most distinguished and promising names in the local music scene will be staged at the Ayala Triangle Gardens on June 15 to lobby for public support for the slowly fading Original Pilipino Music (OPM).