Xocolate by FEDCO : Proudly Mindanao

I love drinking hot chocolate, especially in the morning. In fact, most of the time,  I prefer having chocolate over coffee. Nothing makes my day than a cup of thick, rich, and bittersweet hot choco. I’m happy to share with you that I have found a new favorite!

Xocolate is owned by the Federation of Cooperatives in Mindanao or FEDCO. The name is derived from the Nahuatl word “xocolatl” (pronounced [ ʃoˈkolaːtɬ]) made up from the words “xococ” meaning sour or bitter, and “atl” meaning water or drink.

The first cacao product released by FEDCO was the 100% unsweetened chocolate tablets or known to us Filipinos as tablea used for hot chocolate drink. Read More »

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7 Harry Potter Book Plots Left Out of the Movies

I’ve just finished reading the entire Harry Potter series for the second time and I must say, my recent reading experience now is totally different from when I first read the books 10 years ago. Back then, I was an impatient bookworm who likes to read fast without really understanding everything that’s going on. This time, I really took a moment of liberation to soak everything in.

I immersed myself deep into the story, tried to understand each of the characters, what makes them who they are, where are they coming from, why such things are happening at this point in the story. I tried to dissect even the tiniest details that it felt like I was reading the books for the first time. I laughed, cried, gasped, shrieked, cringed, and cursed throughout the entire series, even to the point of almost throwing one book (Order of the Phoenix! haha!) out of frustration. Nonetheless, it was an experience that’s truly moving and I would say, life changing.

Now that I’ve put these babies down (for now), I realized just how different the books are from the movies. The books are so detailed that it’s impossible to translate everything into the big screen. It’s unfortunate that some of the juiciest details didn’t make the final cut, but then again, we all know that screen time is always limited.

Certified Potterheads will agree with me when I say that if you haven’t read the books, you’re surely missing out a big chunk of what the Wizarding World is truly all about.

Fair warning, this post contains a lot of spoilers. Unless you have no plans of reading the books, you might as well stop here and exit. =)

For all of you Harry Potter fans who haven’t read the books, but want to know more about the Potterverse, I got you covered!

Here are 7 important details that we’re left out of the movies.Read More »

Smart Communications Releases Kilig Online Series “FindHer”

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and Smart Communications is ready to give us all the feels this season through their online series “FindHer”. 

Produced by Smart in partnership with Epicmedia and Bent & Buzz, the seven-part romantic-comedy online series revolves around three individuals who contend with the complexities of love in a time of smartphones and dating apps.

Smart dropped the ‘FindHer’ teaser last week, sending netizens abuzz over the quintessential dilemma of modern-day dating: Is love online?Read More »

Nueva Ecija: My Second Home

I was 11 when I first came to Nueva Ecija, shortly after my Grade School graduation. My parents decided to move there because my dad got a job in Manila. It’s where I spent three years of my High School Life and I have to say, it remains to be one of my most unforgettable experiences to date.

Life in the province is very different from the life I have here in Davao, but there is something about it that fills me up with so much joy. It’s peaceful and simple, yet filled with many happy memories that I cherish dearly up to this day.

One of the my fondest memories, of course, was studying there and spending time with my maternal grandparents. They are the sweetest! And like most grannies, they always spoiled my sisters and I. My Ama (grandpa, RIP) used to bring and pick us up from school with his super cool tricycle, while Inang (grandma) would indulge us with food, especially fresh fruits. I remember them keeping a box of ripe mangoes under their bed, freshly picked from the tumana (farm), and we can just easily grab one every time we want to.

I really missed living in Nueva Ecija, which is why when my mom told us that she wanted to go home and visit Inang, my sister and I got so excited. We went there last year and it was like going on a trip back to memory lane. Everything felt so nostalgic that I wanted to stay a little bit longer.

I’ll let these photos speak for themselves. =)

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