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'POOR SEÑORITA' - REGINE V. ALCASID 'QUIRKY & ANIMATED' IN PRIMETIME COMEBACK


Regine Velasquez-Alcasid stars as Rita Villon in the upcoming GMA 7 primetime series Poor Señorita. Above: With director Dominic Zapata (seventh from left) and the rest of the cast (from left) Zymic Jaranilla, Miggs Cuaderno, Caprice Cayetano, Valeen Montenegro, Jillian Ward, Snooky Serna, Jaya, Mikael Daez, Sheena Halili, Kevin Santos, Ayra Mariano, Elyson de Dios and Ralph Noriega. Having left the primetime scene when she got pregnant five years ago, Regine Velasquez-Alcasid is all geared up to return to teleserye acting. In Poor Señorita, GMA 7’s latest primetime offering, Regine plays the character of Rita Villon, an heiress and successful owner of a perfume company. Yet despite her wealth, Rita is sad and lonely, and feared by her employees for being a strict and perfectionist boss. But in a twist of fate, Rita will find herself stripped of her wealth and dependent on five street children to survive. “That’s when the adventure starts,” Regine says during a presscon for the show. “Quirky and animated” is how Regine describes Rita. She admits that she’s more comfortable doing comedy rather than drama because it is closer to her real-life personality. “Mas sigurado ako sa comedy. Mas kengkoy ako, I don’t mind kung pumangit ako,” Regine explains. For her portrayal of Rita, Regine says she doesn’t want Rita to be a loud character but rather an imposing one. Regine says she’s basing her portrayal of Rita on Meryl Streep’s Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada. But Regine admits that since it’s a comedy, one of her biggest challenges is to bring out the comic side in Rita’s strict character. “With this soap, I have to be consistent in terms of movements. I have little gestures, little mannerisms para kapag nabago siya ng panahon, makikita mo rin yung difference, na binago siya ng experience niya,” adds Regine. READ MORE...

ALSO: Ogie Alcasid dwells on the positive


ALCASID. Aims for better results. TV5’S SUNDAY show has undergone a reformat and a new name, “Happy Truck HapPinas,” and goes on the air an hour earlier than other noontime shows. Its main hosts, Ogie Alcasid and Janno Gibbs, keep a positive attitude about the changes as they aim for better results. Ogie shares, “We’re always looking out for fresh concepts. We try not to succumb to pressure. We just work harder, because this show is TV5’s ‘baby.’” For his part, Janno is confident that with the network management’s all-out support, it’ll become part of viewers’ weekend habit.
The show is fielding more hosts (including Derek Ramsay, Tom Taus and Alwyn Uytingco), exciting game shows and new segments like Basagan ng Brains, IQ Ay Pilipino, Search for Hot Daddies and Kalye Diva. FULL REPORT...RELATED, Happy Truck ng Bayan...

ALSO: Care to taste Cherry Pie’s slimy ‘Laswa’?


Cherry Pie Picache is the marketing director and part-owner of Alab Restaurant, which is under the Moderne Group of Restos, Inc.
The name sounds obscene but it doesn’t mean what you think.
Laswa (literally meaning “vulgar” or “obscene” in English) is one of the two new recipes that Alab Restaurant included in its summer menu, with Mahi Mahi sa Dilaw na Luya at Mangga as the other one. “Laswa was popularized by the Ilonggos,” explained Cherry Pie Picache, marketing director and part-owner of Alab which is under the Moderne Group of Restos, Inc. “Actually, its full name is Sinabawang Gulay which is a mix of different vegetables topped by saluyot and okra which make it slimy. Malaway ang lasa, that’s why it became known as laswa.” Now with two outlets on Tomas Morato St., Quezon City, and the UP Town Center (with a third one set to open at the Venice Plaza in McKinley Hill first week of April), Alab prides itself in serving the best recipes by known and unknown chefs across the country. (Alab was recognized as “The Best Filipino Cuisine Specialty Restaurant” by the Golden Globe Annual Awards for Business Excellence 2016.) “So you don’t have to go to Iloilo or Bacolod to taste laswa,” continued Cherry Pie who inherited her love for cooking from her grandfather and mother (whose murder last year Cherry Pie hasn’t come to terms with, even if the killer is now behind bars). “We have all kinds of food from different parts of the country so you need not travel far to taste them. Food is the best business I can think of. My specialty is Chicken Galantina; I got the recipe from my Mom and my Lolo.” READ MORE...

ALSO: Churches as film locations


(CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: COCO MARTIN, PAOAY CHURCH, TONI GONZAGA and COCO MARTIN in ‘You’re My Boss’, JOHN LLOYD CRUZ and BEA ALONZO in ‘A Second Chance’ )
From today up to Holy Wednesday, many Pinoy families will firm up plans for their Visita Iglesia, the tradition of going to several churches on the night of Holy Thursday when the Blessed Sacrament is reposed. The next day, Good Friday, the Station of the Cross may be recited inside a church followed by short reflection on the passion of Jesus Christ on the way to Calvary.  People usually choose the churches based on proximity or its significance to them (where they were baptized, married, etc.). Then again, there are those who also seemingly take it as opportunity for sightseeing, opting to visit churches made popular through films. Want to know some of them? Read on: Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Church, Antipolo If you watched the blockbuster “A Second Chance,” you’ll probably recognize the church as the setting for Popoy (played by John Lloyd Cruz) and Basha’s (Bea Alonzo) wedding; the same one used as location in one of the scenes on the hit series “Pangako Sa’yo.” READ MORE...

ALSO: Celebs and their go-to treats this Holy Week


AIZA SEGUERRA and Liza Diño Pinoys look forward to Holy Week not only for it being a time of the year most significant to Catholics in the country, but also because it’s one long holiday that many spend on vacation with loved ones.
While some bask in the comfort of their own homes, most go out of their way visiting different places. And whether it’s just a day trip or for overnights, we almost always bring food with us and these are eaten even as soon as journey to destination begins. Here, Bulletin Entertainment lists some delicious suggestions courtesy of celeb entrepreneurs: Liza Diño and Aiza Seguerra: Adobo AIZA SEGUERRA and Liza Diño After abstaining from meat on Good Friday, you will, no doubt, find joy tasting Liza Diño and Aiza Seguerra’s adobo. What sets their adobo apart from other versions of the classic Pinoy dish is the addition of liver in the ingredients. Instead of the usual soy sauce, they use salt. READ MORE...


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'Poor Señorita' -Regine ‘quirky & animated’ in primetime comeback


Regine Velasquez-Alcasid stars as Rita Villon in the upcoming GMA 7 primetime series Poor Señorita. Above: With director Dominic Zapata (seventh from left) and the rest of the cast (from left) Zymic Jaranilla, Miggs Cuaderno, Caprice Cayetano, Valeen Montenegro, Jillian Ward, Snooky Serna, Jaya, Mikael Daez, Sheena Halili, Kevin Santos, Ayra Mariano, Elyson de Dios and Ralph Noriega.

MANILA, MARCH 21, 2016 (PHILSTAR) By Phoebe Marquez March 19, 2016 - Having left the primetime scene when she got pregnant five years ago, Regine Velasquez-Alcasid is all geared up to return to teleserye acting.

In Poor Señorita, GMA 7’s latest primetime offering, Regine plays the character of Rita Villon, an heiress and successful owner of a perfume company. Yet despite her wealth, Rita is sad and lonely, and feared by her employees for being a strict and perfectionist boss. But in a twist of fate, Rita will find herself stripped of her wealth and dependent on five street children to survive. “That’s when the adventure starts,” Regine says during a presscon for the show.

“Quirky and animated” is how Regine describes Rita. She admits that she’s more comfortable doing comedy rather than drama because it is closer to her real-life personality. “Mas sigurado ako sa comedy. Mas kengkoy ako, I don’t mind kung pumangit ako,” Regine explains.

For her portrayal of Rita, Regine says she doesn’t want Rita to be a loud character but rather an imposing one. Regine says she’s basing her portrayal of Rita on Meryl Streep’s Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada. But Regine admits that since it’s a comedy, one of her biggest challenges is to bring out the comic side in Rita’s strict character.

“With this soap, I have to be consistent in terms of movements. I have little gestures, little mannerisms para kapag nabago siya ng panahon, makikita mo rin yung difference, na binago siya ng experience niya,” adds Regine.

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That said change in behavior will come when Rita stumbles upon the five street children, played by Ayra Mariano, Jillian Ward, Miggs Cuaderno, Zymic Jaranilla and Caprice Cayetano, who will teach her the true value of life and happiness. Also joining the cast are Mikael Daez, Sheena Halili, Kevin Santos, Valeen Montenegro, Jaya, Ervic Vijande, Ralph Noriega and Snooky Serna. Ricky Davao and Dingdong Dantes will also play special roles.

With the show’s big cast of actors, Mikael ­— who plays Rita’s love interest in the series ­— is thankful for Regine’s bubbly personality. “Mataas ang energy niya, nakakahawa. Nakakagaan ng working environment,” Mikael says about working with Regine.

On the other hand, Regine admits to limiting her interactions with the kid actors on the set. She explains that now that she’s a mother to four-year-old Nate, she has the tendency to be close to children. Regine, however, fears that if she sees the child actors cry for a scene, it might make her break out of her character. She says Rita is still in her cruel personality stage. “Kapag nanay ka na, iba na yung tingin mo, kapag nagda-drama na sila, iba na eh, parang iba effect nila sa akin. So ayoko muna, kasi masisira yung mojo ko sa character ko. I’m trying to build up the character,” Regine explains.

And while Rita is a rich girl who turns poor, Regine’s real-life story, as everyone knows, is the opposite, having started from the bottom all the way to the top. She says that how and what she is now as an artist is the result of coming from nothing and molding her artistry through years of experience in the industry.

And it is her love for her craft that drives her to be extra cautious of her health. Regine admits that she has a particular cut-off when it comes to shooting hours, a precaution she has observed even from her previous shows because she says she suffers from migraine if and when she doesn’t get enough sleep.

Asked for an opinion on actors’ working hours, Regine says there has to be a regulation to be able to protect both the actors and the production people. Just recently, she posted on her Instagram account a news article about Chiz Escudero’s proposed bill limiting working hours for the entertainment and information industry to 12 hours, captioning the said post with “Praying for this.”

“We also want to perform to the best of our abilities. We don’t want to get sick because we know that the production and the show that we’re doing will suffer,” she says. But Regine also understands that less working hours may mean more expenses for the production. “So you also have to take that into consideration. We’re also aware of that, which is why gusto namin to meet halfway. We don’t want to demand na very ridiculous na, we don’t want that. We wanted it regulated lang. Hindi naman yung 24 hours,” she explains.

Additionally, Regine believes that actor’s dedication to his work plays a big role in the success of a production. She admits that in some cases, actors are the ones that cause delays in the production. “One of the factors is us, pagdating ng hindi ready,” says Regine. “So kelangan sa sarili rin namin ng discipline, makisama, come prepared, para ang shooting mo, dire-diretso, walang delay, para matupad natin yung certain hours,” she adds.

(Poor Señorita is directed by Dominic Zapata. The show will premiere on March 28 on GMA Telebabad after 24 Oras.)


INQUIRER

Ogie Alcasid dwells on the positive By: Remy Umerez @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer
11:39 PM March 18th, 2016

ALCASID. Aims for better results. TV5’S SUNDAY show has undergone a reformat and a new name, “Happy Truck HapPinas,” and goes on the air an hour earlier than other noontime shows.

Its main hosts, Ogie Alcasid and Janno Gibbs, keep a positive attitude about the changes as they aim for better results.

Ogie shares, “We’re always looking out for fresh concepts. We try not to succumb to pressure. We just work harder, because this show is TV5’s ‘baby.’”

For his part, Janno is confident that with the network management’s all-out support, it’ll become part of viewers’ weekend habit.

The show is fielding more hosts (including Derek Ramsay, Tom Taus and Alwyn Uytingco), exciting game shows and new segments like Basagan ng Brains, IQ Ay Pilipino, Search for Hot Daddies and Kalye Diva.

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Happy Truck ng Bayan (HTNB) AUGUST 10, 2015


AUGUST 2015 PHOTO -TV5 CONTINUES DRIVE FOR HAPPINESS

Being a new player allows one not only the freedom to be bold but also the space to experiment; not only to bend the rules but make new one.

TV5’s Sunday show, “Truck ng Bayan,” does just that. Pitted against the star-studded “ASAP” of ABS-CBN and APT’s “Sunday PinaSaya” – called by Willie Revillame as practically an extension of “Eat Bulaga” because it features “Bulaga” regulars Wally Bayola, Jose Manalo, Alden Richards – TV5 decided to bring the show to the people – literally.

Almost two months after it was launched, TV5’s happiness-on-wheels, “Happy Truck ng Bayan,” remains unstoppable in its journey to bring happiness and cheer to millions of Filipinos all over the country.

From its first stop in Tondo to its most recent location in Pampanga, the program proves that its actual presence in various barangays is still the most genuine way to inspire people and make them smile.

A brainchild of Wilma V. Galvante, TV5’s chief Entertainment Content officer, “Happy Truck ng Bayan” was designed with the audiences in the mind. “We want the audiences to let TV5 come closer to their homes and make us a part of their daily lives. Of course, the way to do that is to literally go where they live and knock at their doorsteps,” said Galvante.

Hence, TV5’s most ambitious project for 2015 was born. It pooled together TV5’s biggest stars led by Kapatid singer-songwriter Ogie Alcasid, who also got a taste of happiness as he himself became reunited with long-time friend Janno Gibbs in the show.

“It’s always a pleasure working with him in a project,” Alcasid shared. “It feels good to collaborate with a good friend like him. We complement each other. Apart from the game part, the program has its music segments as well so Janno and I can have song numbers together. I’m glad that he has joined TV5.”

It is also hosted by Derek Ramsay, Gelli de Belen, Mariel Rodriguez-Padilla, Jasmine Curtis Smith, Empoy, Tuesday Vargas, Kim Idol, Eula Caballero, Martin Escudero, Alwyn Uytingco, Ritz Azul, Valeen Montenegro, Toni Aquino, Tom Taus, and Mark Neumann, Shaira Mae, Akihiro Blanco, Chanel Morales, Sophie Albert and Vin Abrenica.

To further contribute to the much-awaited Sunday fun, the show has also introduced more segments. Recently, netizens went gaga over macho blue-collar workers in the show’s personality search called “OCW: Oh, Construction Worker!” Meanwhile, the show also encourages communities to nominate and vote for their most deserving neighbors in “Barangay Bayani.” Still, the main highlight remains to be “Kwarta or Kwartruck,” where contestants choose a lucky capsule and get the chance to bring home up to P300,000.

The program also opened various media opportunities to advertisers. Aside from the on-air values gained from the program, advertisers reach more audiences for their brands and campaigns through various on-ground and below-the-line activation opportunities. Each episode are shot with hundreds to thousands of audiences coming from ten barangays covered by the program per location.

These creative media solutions offered by TV5 prove that it is not only great at bringing cheer to its viewers, but also the best when it comes to making advertisers happy.

TV5 also brings the good news that “Happy Truck ng Bayan” is set to do episodes outside Metro Manila. Producers are already planning to go to key cities in Northern and Southern Luzon, as well as populous areas in Visayas and Mindanao.

“Happy Truck ng Bayan” airs every Sunday, 11:30 a.m. on TV5.


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Care to taste Cherry Pie’s slimy ‘Laswa’? FUNFARE By Ricky Lo (The Philippine Star) | Updated March 19, 2016 - 12:00am 0 1 googleplus0 0


Cherry Pie Picache is the marketing director and part-owner of Alab Restaurant, which is under the Moderne Group of Restos, Inc.

The name sounds obscene but it doesn’t mean what you think.

Laswa (literally meaning “vulgar” or “obscene” in English) is one of the two new recipes that Alab Restaurant included in its summer menu, with Mahi Mahi sa Dilaw na Luya at Mangga as the other one.

“Laswa was popularized by the Ilonggos,” explained Cherry Pie Picache, marketing director and part-owner of Alab which is under the Moderne Group of Restos, Inc. “Actually, its full name is Sinabawang Gulay which is a mix of different vegetables topped by saluyot and okra which make it slimy. Malaway ang lasa, that’s why it became known as laswa.”

Now with two outlets on Tomas Morato St., Quezon City, and the UP Town Center (with a third one set to open at the Venice Plaza in McKinley Hill first week of April), Alab prides itself in serving the best recipes by known and unknown chefs across the country. (Alab was recognized as “The Best Filipino Cuisine Specialty Restaurant” by the Golden Globe Annual Awards for Business Excellence 2016.)

“So you don’t have to go to Iloilo or Bacolod to taste laswa,” continued Cherry Pie who inherited her love for cooking from her grandfather and mother (whose murder last year Cherry Pie hasn’t come to terms with, even if the killer is now behind bars). “We have all kinds of food from different parts of the country so you need not travel far to taste them. Food is the best business I can think of. My specialty is Chicken Galantina; I got the recipe from my Mom and my Lolo.”

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Other mouth-watering items on the Alab menu: Ice cream flavored with pakwan, laing, langka, luya, quezo de bola and camote; New York Cubao Bibingka Cheesecake and Sampaloc Juice.

Lav Diaz wins in HK fest



Lav Diaz’s Kapag Wala Nang mga Alon (When the Waves Are Gone) won the Paris Coproduction Village Award in the 14th Hong Kong-Asia Film Financing Forum during the Awards Presentation Ceremony presided by Roger Garcia, executive director of the Hong Kong International Film Festival Society held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center last week. It was among the 14 awardees chosen from more than 350 film projects submitted, winnowed down to 31 finalists.

The movie received a one-in-kind award with a value of Euro 4,000 (approximately P208,648) and will be invited to participate in the 2016 Paris Coproduction Village of Champs-Élysées Film Festival with a round-trip ticket. The film is the lone Philippine project that made it to the elite circle of 31 finalists.

Kapag Wala Nang mga Alon, a 225-minute black and white film, is the story of Herminigildo Nono who returned to his home island after 29 years in prison to regain his wealth, land and love by killing the man, his best friend Brigido Sta. Ana, who stole them from him. It will be produced by Bianca Balbuena and Malaysian filmmaker Bradley Liew for Epicmedia Production, Inc. Balbuena is the producer of Lav’s Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis (winner of Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Prize in the 66th Berlin International Film Festival), Antoinette Jadaone’s That Thing Called Tadhana and Pepe Diokno’s Above the Clouds, among others.

Petilla’s passion for talent

Former Energy Sec. Jericho Petilla has been pushing for the growth of talented individuals in his native Leyte for years now, organizing such endeavors as the Leyte Idol, a singing tilt.

“I believe every person should be guided, motivated or pushed somehow by something or maybe someone, to enable them, to help them accomplish their goal in life,” Petilla said.

Petilla is actually a huge music fan who loves listening to diverse acts including Aerosmith and Maroon 5. Among his favorites is Whiz Khalifa’s See You Again.

“I discovered the song when I watched the most recent installment of the hit franchise Fast & Furious with my kids,” added Petilla.

“Sarah Geronimo is one of my favorite local singers. I like her style of singing and I admire her personality as well. I actually had the privilege of meeting her once in an event in Leyte. We sang a duet. It was very memorable for me. I also like Martin Nievera.”

Among Petilla’s plans is to harness Pinoy talent on a global scale.

“I think the government should support initiatives to boost and develop local talent. Activities supporting art, music and sports should always be considered priority programs,” said Petilla who is running for senator.

If elected, he plans to support specific programs that point to that. He also aims to help initiatives against music piracy.

“I think piracy is a serious problem in this country inasmuch as it affects both film and music industries. While there is already a law against it, the problem is more on its implementation. Government should intensify the implementation of the law and prosecution of offenders,” he said.


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Churches as film locations by Rowena Tan March 19, 2016 Share0 Tweet0 Share0 Email0 Share3


(CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: COCO MARTIN, PAOAY CHURCH, TONI GONZAGA and COCO MARTIN in ‘You’re My Boss’, JOHN LLOYD CRUZ and BEA ALONZO in ‘A Second Chance’ )

From today up to Holy Wednesday, many Pinoy families will firm up plans for their Visita Iglesia, the tradition of going to several churches on the night of Holy Thursday when the Blessed Sacrament is reposed. The next day, Good Friday, the Station of the Cross may be recited inside a church followed by short reflection on the passion of Jesus Christ on the way to Calvary.

 People usually choose the churches based on proximity or its significance to them (where they were baptized, married, etc.). Then again, there are those who also seemingly take it as opportunity for sightseeing, opting to visit churches made popular through films. Want to know some of them? Read on:

Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Church, Antipolo

If you watched the blockbuster “A Second Chance,” you’ll probably recognize the church as the setting for Popoy (played by John Lloyd Cruz) and Basha’s (Bea Alonzo) wedding; the same one used as location in one of the scenes on the hit series “Pangako Sa’yo.”

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What sets this church apart from the rest is that it’s in the heart of a peaceful and lush garden that provides a 360-degree view of surrounding mountains.

Tukon Church, Batanes

This is where the sweet and short wedding talk between Georgina (Toni Gonzaga) and Pong (Coco Martin) was shot for “You’re My Boss.”

It went:

Pong: “Kung gusto niyang ikasal sa Palawan o sa Manila Cathedral, sige lang. Kung gusto niyang ikasal sa umaga o sa gabi, sige lang. Kung gusto niyang konti lang ang bisita, o madami, sige lang.”

Georgina: “Paano ’yung gusto mo?”

Pong: “Ang gusto ko lang, pakasalan niya ako.”

The church was designed in apparent homage to the local Ivatan’s famed stone houses, complete with a rustic feel.

Other churches in Batanes: San Carlos Borromeo Church, Santo Domingo Cathedral, San Jose de Ivana Church, Sabtang Church, Sta. Maria de Mayan Church, Uyugan Church, and the Chavayan Chapel.

Daraga Church, Albay

Fans of Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla, known together as “KathNiel,” gave a glimpse of this church in the hit film “She’s Dating The Gangster.”


DARAGA CHURCH used as location in a KathNiel movie

DARAGA CHURCH used as location in a KathNiel movie The movie tells the story of 17-year-old Athena Dizon (Kathryn) who finds herself pretending to be the girlfriend of campus bad boy and heartthrob Kenji de los Reyes (Daniel). Trouble ensues when the relationship starts developing into something deeper, despite Athena’s initial overwhelming dislike for Kenji.

Located on top of a hill, with the majestic Mayon Volcano as backdrop, this church was declared a national cultural treasure by the National Museum. Said to be the crowning glory of religious architecture in that province, the church is made from blocks of volcanic rock.

Quiapo Church, Quiapo

Brillante Mendoza’s awarded indie film “Tirador” was shot in and around the iconic Quiapo Church.

“Tirador” is an independent film that illustrates the thin line between politics and religion in the Philippines. The film has been shown at different film festivals in Toronto, Singapore, Granada, Pusan, and in Marrakesh where it won the International Special Jury Prize.

Quiapo Church is a favorite Visita Iglesia destination due to its convenient location. The church is home to the Black Nazarene.

Paoay Church, Ilocos Norte

If you saw the film “Suddenly It’s Magic,” then, like us, you probably fell in love with this beautiful church.

Paoay Church is famous for its distinct architecture highlighted by the enormous buttresses on the sides and back of the building. In 1993, the church was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site as one best examples of the Baroque Churches of the Philippines. (All photos screengrab from YouTube)


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Celebs and their go-to treats this Holy Week by Paulyn Abando March 19, 2016 Share0 Tweet0 Share0 Email0 Share9

Pinoys look forward to Holy Week not only for it being a time of the year most significant to Catholics in the country, but also because it’s one long holiday that many spend on vacation with loved ones.

While some bask in the comfort of their own homes, most go out of their way visiting different places. And whether it’s just a day trip or for overnights, we almost always bring food with us and these are eaten even as soon as journey to destination begins.

Here, Bulletin Entertainment lists some delicious suggestions courtesy of celeb entrepreneurs:

Liza Diño and Aiza Seguerra: Adobo


AIZA SEGUERRA and Liza Diño

AIZA SEGUERRA and Liza Diño After abstaining from meat on Good Friday, you will, no doubt, find joy tasting Liza Diño and Aiza Seguerra’s adobo.

What sets their adobo apart from other versions of the classic Pinoy dish is the addition of liver in the ingredients. Instead of the usual soy sauce, they use salt.

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“Pinamigay lang namin siya nu’ng Christmas at souvenir sa mga wedding ng family and friends, simula nu’n nag-order na sila sa amin,” Liza said in a guest appearance on “Unang Hirit.”

Liza, a certified chef, is in charge of cooking the dish, while Aiza helps with “quality control.”

“Si Aiza, best adobo taster siya… Mahilig talaga siya sa adobo. In fact, paborito niya ’yan,” Liza explained.

Maricar Reyes-Poon: Sweet surrender

She has brought her passion for sweets to another level by establishing a home-based chocolate cake business.


MARICAR REYES-POON

MARICAR REYES-POON “Ever since I was a kid I loved sweets. I do love to have a really nice chocolate cake, a chocolate drink or a cupcake or ice cream. Basta chocolate flavor ’yung hilig ko,” she said in a report on Push.com.

Making her cake taste superb is a special liquor mix that brings out the richness of the chocolate.

Aside from having a one-on-one baking lesson with an executive chef from a high-end hotel in Manila, Maricar is also guided by her husband, singer Richard Poon, who was a cook in his father’s restaurant for six years.

“Whenever I’d make something… he’d taste it and say kung may kulang na something. Siya rin ’yung nakahanap nu’ng liquor mix that we put in the cake,” she said.

Bettina Carlos: Must be nuts


BETTINA CARLOS and daughter

BETTINA CARLOS and daughter En route to your favorite Holy Week destination, you should do well to bring some of Bettina Carlos’ sweet snacks.

Among her best-selling products is her original recipe of Nutella Rocks, which is a combination of Nutella cookies and Nutella spread.

It was the 28-year-old actress’ love for pandesal that inspired her to level up her interest in baking. The Kapuso star said she used to be the all-around owner of her business doing “the purchasing, measuring, baking, washing, sweeping, mapping, delivering, everything.”

“I used to supply three stores. I sleep at 1 a.m., I wake up at 4 a.m. to pack the product, I leave at 5 a.m. kasi sa Makati pa siya (customer) para pagbalik ko ng 6 a.m., gising na ’yung anak ko,” she told Bulletin Entertainment some years ago.

She has since hired a driver who helps in delivering orders around Manila.

Her other sweet treats include Oreo cheesecake cookies, salted caramel brownies, and milk bombs, among others.

Chris Tiu: Time for tea


CHRIS TIU

CHRIS TIU With the scorching weather, Chris Tiu’s milk tea is perfect thirst quencher.

Their beverages are divided into collections namely the Lemon Series, the Rock Salt and Cheese, Milk Tea, Mousse Spin, Cocoa and Coffee, Specialty Drinks, and Fresh Tea.

The basketball star-TV host purchased a franchise of a milk tea brand from Hong Kong in 2010 in partnership with some of his friends. They have since launched 23 branches nationwide and counting.

He maintained that despite owning the store, he and his partners professionally run the business.

“We have systems in place and policies that’s treated very professionally… para hind ma-abuse ’yung negosyo, like we always have to pay for our meals,” he said in a report on PEP, adding, “(Sometimes) we’re given a little bit of discount.”

Chris also owns other food businesses like a tonkatsu and ramen restaurant, which is a franchise from Singapore.

Nene Tamayo: Spanish sarap


NENE TAMAYO

NENE TAMAYO For those who still want to refrain from eating meat until Easter’s over, Nene Tamayo’s home-made Spanish-style bangus in a bottle could be your best choice.

In a guest appearance on “Kris TV” last year, the “Pinoy Big Brother” Season 1 Big Winner said she learned the recipe from her husband’s aunt.

“Nag-start lang siya kasi nakahiligan ko siyang kainin, wala talaga akong planong i-business siya, tapos pina-try lang namin sa mga bumibisita sa bahay tapos nagustuhan nila. Nu’ng 2010, nag-decide na ’kong gawing business,” she said.

Aside from Spanish-style bangus, Nene also sells bottled eight-spice tuyo and pickled chili.

For now, her products are distributed in select stores and at Christmas bazaars, like the one organized by TV host Christine Bersola-Babao. (All photos from Instagram)


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