Cheap Dresses with Callabuy

I’ve been on the lookout lately for cheap clothes for women. While online shopping isn’t really an option for me to take advantage of right now, I can only assume how the economy will be after we make it out of this. Having said that, I still want to be able to wear cute clothes but definitely pieces that don’t break bank but still allow me to look cute and fashionable.

Thus, my obsessive online shopping lately.

I’ve been looking a lot at fashion dresses especially those that would look good in my Bayhana videos. I just think it would be so cute to go out again in cute, sophisticated dresses like the ones that I’ve picked out today.

Luckily Callabuy has a pretty good selection of pieces to choose from, depending on your style. I wish they were a little younger, if I’m being completely honest but if it’s practical outfits- this is definitely the place you should be checking out!

Check Callabuy out noow!

Shop smart!

x

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[Sponsored Post] Feelingirls Body Shapers & More

I’m a strong supporter of feeling good about ourselves, taking care of our health through healthy lifestyles & fitness and that added support, if we feel like it is absolutely necessary.

I’m not going to lie- I’ve used body shapers in the past and I still do such as cinches & waist trainers while I’ve toyed with the idea of padded underwear in the past. Depending on what I’m wearing, sometimes I feel like these articles of clothing help emphasize our natural curves and help us feel more confident with our bodies especially if you’re like me who has a pouch! Insert recent internet search: best waist cincher for women

I was recently contacted by Feelingirls to check out their collection of items dedicated to fitness and shaping and I was definitely interested in what they have to offer. While I haven’t checked anything out yet (not necessarily a part of this months’ budget), I still wanted to share my favorite items just in case it was something you were looking for. I was particularly curious about finding the “best fitness leggings for women” since I am currently shooting a health video for Bayhana so I hope you liked my choice!

Here are my top 3 items:

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I’m in love with the dual layers of this cincher and the snake skin design. It feels like there’s enough support especially for the back and I really like the sleek design.

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I first saw leggings like this during my episode with Raine Baljak and I really admired the “airiness” of the design. I was never curious about this design until I saw it with my own eyes and now, I really want my own pair!

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I’m not quite familiar with this product but it is definitely under the category of hot panties online sale it seems like it’s a breast lifter and body shaper at the same time. I like how this piece accentuates the hips without the use of hip pads but instead creates the illusion of wider hips through the fabric and materials that they use.

Remember, it’s important to be comfortable in your own skin but don’t pressure yourself to have what others may perceive to have the “perfect body”. If these items help you on your journey, please indulge yourself but never doubt that you are beautiful in any and every angle!

xx,
Issa G.

‘Tis the season for Ginebra San Miguel calendar

Come “ber” months, aside from the frenzy that the start of Christmas season brings, the launch of Ginebra San Miguel Calendar Girl has also become a much-anticipated event. 

Ginebra San Miguel calendars have become a staple in neighborhood sari-sari stores, mini groceries, barbershops, and laundry hubs. In recent years, the Ginebra San Miguel calendar has turned into a sought-after Christmas giveaway, appealing mostly to consumers and fans who want to add the special merchandise to their collection of celebrity souvenirs. 

 

 For 2020, Ginebra San Miguel recently introduced lovely Kapuso actress/TV host Sanya Lopez as its newest Calendar Girl during a festive media launch held at the Novotel in Quezon City. The world’s leading gin brand revealed Sanya Lopez as “The Island Girl” with the calendars set amidst some of the country’s most beautiful islands as backdrops. 

“It is an honor and a privilege to be chosen as Ginebra San Miguel’s 2020 Calendar Girl. I feel excited and nervous at the same time. To be part of Ginebra San Miguel’s history, to be entrusted with this role as a brand ambassador and to be the newest addition to the Ginebra San Miguel family is a huge blessing,” says Sanya Lopez. 

Ginebra San Miguel Inc. (GSMI) officials General manager Emmanuel Macalalag, National Sales and Marketing manager Allan Mercado and Marketing manager Ronald Molina formally welcomed Sanya Lopez in a grand ceremonial toast during the launch featuring her own Ginebra San Miguel cocktail called “Sanya’s Island Mix”, a concoction of pineapple, buko juice, and gin. 

“We chose Sanya Lopez as our brand ambassador because she embodies what Ginebra San Miguel represents – courage, passion, optimism, and never-say-die spirit. Sanya is truly ‘ganado sa buhay’ as she worked her way up to become one of the most recognizable faces in the entertainment industry today,” says Molina. 

All of the six calendar layouts will be made available soon. 

RISING STAR 

Since being discovered in 2012 by the late German “Kuya Germs” Moreno, GMA star builder, Sanya Lopez has treaded the path to being a serious actress taking on roles that showed off her acting prowess including her portrayal of Hara Danaya in the TV remake of “Encantadia” and in her recently-concluded series “Dahil sa Pag-ibig”. She will soon be seen opposite Superstar Nora Aunor in the film “Isa Pang Bahaghari” directed by Joel Lamangan. 

 “I consider the challenges and struggles that I went through in life as motivation to never give up in pursuing my dreams. It is my family that inspires me to be ‘ganado sa buhay’,” relates Sanya Lopez. “For me, when you say ‘Island Girl’, you see a woman who is strong and independent,” she adds. 

As Ginebra San Miguel’s “Island Girl”, Sanya Lopez will be joining the “Ginuman Fest” tour, the gin brand’s annual series of music festivals that brings together gin lovers around the country as One Ginebra Nation. 

 To prepare for her Ginebra San Miguel calendar girl shoot, Sanya Lopez went on a no-carbs diet. “I only ate fish and chicken. I also did a lot of cardio workouts, mostly running, muay Thai and boxing,” she shares. 

 She was, likewise, thrilled to be photographed by one of the country’s most talented young photographers BJ Pascual. 

 

A LONG-STANDING TRADITION

Inspired by the hit US TV series Charlie’s Angels, the Ginebra San Miguel Super Angels, which eventually evolved into Ginebra San Miguel Calendar Girl had popular beauty queens, models and actresses grace its calendars since it was started in 1988. 

Ginebra San Miguel’s first calendar girl was model/TV host and now fashion designer Monina Tan, who posed in the calendar ala Marilyn Monroe. 

After their respective reigns, beauty queens who posed for the calendar were Binibining Pilipinas-Universe Anjanette Abayari (1994), Binibining Pilipinas-International Alma Concepcion (1995), Miss Asia Pacific International Michelle Aldana (1998) and most recently, Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach (2019) with the theme aptly called “Center of the Universe”. 

Sexy stars Janna Victoria (1999), Patricia Javier (2000), and Aubrey Miles (2003), were a hit in their sizzling calendars while singer Geneva Cruz (2001), ex-teen stars Rica Peralejo (2002) and Angelica Panganiban (2007) surprised the public by shedding their sweet images in the calendars. 

 Actresses Belinda Bright and Maricar de Mesa (2004) were the first calendar girls to appear together, while Marian Rivera owns the distinction as the only actress to become a Ginebra San Miguel calendar girl twice, in 2009 and 2014. Long-time best friends Anne Curtis (2011) and Georgina Wilson (2013) have also been calendar girls, along with Ellen Adarna (2015), Arci Munoz (2016), and Myrtle Sarrosa (2018). 

 Like Sanya Lopez, other Kapuso stars who joined the ranks of these popular celebrities were Maureen Larrazabal (2005), Iwa Moto (2008), Krista Ranillo (2010), Solenn Heussaff (2012), and Kim Domingo (2017). 

 GSMI is the producer of heritage brand Ginebra San Miguel, which is celebrating its 185th anniversary this year. Ginebra San Miguel is a 14-time Gold Quality Label awardee of the Monde Selection International Quality Institute, the world’s most prestigious body that recognizes the highest standards of taste and quality in the food and beverage industry. 

Other GSMI products include GSM Blue, GSM Blue Mojito, GSM Blue Pomelo, GSM Blue Margarita, GSM Premium Gin, Don Enrique Mixkila, Antonov Vodka, Anejo Gold Rum, Vino Kulafu, and Primera Light Brandy. For more details, like the Ginebra San Miguel official Facebook page www.facebook.com/BarangayGinebra or log on to www.ginebra.com.ph.

Monsters the Musical, An All-Cebuano Collaboration Featuring Songs by Cattski Espina

Calling out all theater lovers out there, a special musical is coming very soon to Cebu City!

Brought to us by the very talented Cattski & Jude Gitamondoc together with Margo Frasco of MDF Productions, a beautiful story is about to unfold right before our eyes this November 16 & 17 at the SM Seaside Centerstage.

Monsters the Musical is not your typical love story but it’s a story that needs to be heard. Tackling subjects such as LGBTQIA issues and other similar issues, this play is meant to encourage everyone to #BeBrave in every aspect of their life. Plus, it features 25 of our beloved Cattski’s songs and this is also Sir Jude Gitamondoc’s directorial debut!

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Cebu, Philippines – Monsters the Musical is a coming-of-age love story centered around two friends, Bea and Elle. The show explores the intricacies of a relationship that spans years, beginning in childhood, developing in adolescence, and peaking in their family and professional lives. Bea and Elle discover themselves through each other, and confront and battle their internal monsters together.

With an all-Cebuano cast, crew, and music, the production is Cebu’s gift to her people packaged as a musical marvel that expresses what it is like to be truly brave. It marks the directorial debut of Jude Gitamondoc, whose previous work on Siddhartha is well-known. He is a professional songwriter, record producer, two-time recipient of the Awit Awards, and two-time recipient of the Himig Handog P-Pop Love Songs TFC Choice Award. He is also the Grand and Second Prize Winner of the 28th Cebu Pop Music Festival. A man with a with a true love for Cebu and its artists, Jude embarks on this endeavor along with fellow Cebuanos, songwriter Cattski Espina and producer Margo Frasco.

Featuring 25 of Cattski Espina’s songs as the navigating force, Monsters the Musical is also a journey through her body of work. The show puts a new spin to her well-loved originals that encompass her more than a decade-long career in the music industry. As the songwriter of these songs, she says, “It will be completely new and something that hasn’t been done in Cebu before. It is an experience that I cannot wait to see.”

Monsters the Musical is Produced by Margo Frasco, CEO of Cebu’s local delicacy empire Titay’s and founder of MDF Productions. While overseeing their family company, Titay’s, Margo’s heart has always been in the performing arts. Her compassion to contribute to the community motivated her to plant her baby project, MDF Productions, with Monsters the Musical as its pilot production. It is a reflection of Margo’s advocacy for and faith in the Cebuano arts.

Monsters the Musical is slated to be on stage on November 16 and 17 at SM Seaside Centerstage with a matinee show at 2:00 PM and a gala show at 8:00 PM. Ticket prices are at Php 350, Php 700 and Php 1,000. For ticket reservations, message their Facebook page at m.me/monstersthemusical.

 


I’m personally super excited for this play because I think it’s high time we started talking about issues like this.

I’m a strong believer in staying true to ourselves and being able to love whoever we want, without fear and without shame and I think everyone else should, too which is why I support this play soo much.

I can’t wait for November 16 and will definitely let you know how the play goes for those who are curious about it so stay tuned!

xx,
Issa G.

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DUNKIN’ COFFEE DAY FILLS FILIPINOS WITH GOOD VIBES

Imagine waking up, struggling to get moving, braving through your daily commute, stopping by Dunkin’ Donuts to get that much needed caffeine boost. Then as if you’re still dreaming, Piolo Pascual is standing right in front of you, giving you a free cup of Dunkin’ Coffee and filling you with all kinds of good vibes you never saw coming. 

This is not a scene from a movie but the experience of some very lucky people during the annual Dunkin’ Coffee Day last September 6, 2019.  Now on its third year, the event aims to spread more good vibes to the people who get their usual coffee fix at Dunkin’ Donuts.  

Making this year’s Dunkin’ Coffee Day extra special was a visit from Piolo Pascual in three Dunkin’ Donuts stores. As if seeing his heart-melting smile wasn’t enough to wake anyone up, the Philippines’ Ultimate Heartthrob gave out free cups of coffee in Dunkin’ Donuts Strata, Fisher Mall Quezon Ave. and BGC 25/7 branches

Meanwhile, the rest of the nation celebrated Dunkin’ Coffee Day by proclaiming “Half Half Hooray!” That’s because for a medium hot or iced Dunkin’ Coffee, they only had to pay P25 or 50% off the original price of P50. Needless to say, customers lined up to get their fill of that Dunkin’ Coffee Feelin’.

If you missed this year’s Dunkin’ Coffee Day, don’t fret because this event will come back even bigger and better next year. In the meantime, you can still get your daily dose of good vibes from a cup of highquality Dunkin’ Coffee in all Dunkin’ Donuts outlets nationwide.

See you there!!

xx,
Issa G.

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[VLOG/ BLOG] Cebu Ocean Park- Everything You Need To Know- Prices, Attractions, Interactions, Etc.

As of August 24, 2019, Cebu Ocean Park is now on their soft opening. While they are scheduled for their grand opening sometime in October 2019, guests are welcome to explore the area as early as now.

Here is everything you need to know about the area:

Cebu Ocean Park is located at Sm Seaside Complex, right beside Pedro Calungsod Church at the SRP. You can there via My Buses and PUJ aside from private vehicles.

They are open on Mondays- Fridays from 10:00am – 6:00 pm
and
Saturday, Sundays & Public Holidays from 9:30 am- 6:00 pm
with tickets being sold at P600.00 for locals on weekdays, P800.00 for foreigners and locals on weekends

Children accompanied by a paying adult that are below 2 ft. enter for free!

Cebu’s Ocean Park is said to be 6 times bigger as compared to the original Ocean Park in Manila and houses a range of animals from reptiles, birds, fishes and more!

There are 3 floors with specific sections for guest to enjoy such as the Jungle Trek, Creepy Critters, Lories, Seven Seas, Interaction Center, Fish Spa, Amphitheater, 360 Acrylic and others.


The Jungle Trek & Lorie section takes guests on an outdoor adventure allowing them to not only see but also interact with different kinds of birds, fresh water fish and reptiles such as lizards & snakes.

For P100.00 guests can feed the Lorie birds fresh nectar atop a viewing deck that shows a… birds eye view of the area.

The Seven Seas section carries various salt water creatures mostly tropical fish and in one section, eels. While they do not have the jelly fish room like in Manila, I am curious to see if this is something that they will be adding overtime.


The Center of Interaction, as the name suggests, is where guests can pay to experience different interactive activities with the animals such as Croc Cage diving (P2,000.00) where guests are encapsulated in a circular acrylic case wherein they are submerged into the crocodile area, Stingray Interaction (P1,000.00) where guests can swim with stingrays (or as pointed out by a friend- Eagle rays) and the Sea Trek (P1,200.00) where guests can walk around underwater while being surrounded by fish.

If you’re more of a watcher than a doer, this area has acrylic panels where you can get up close and personal with the Eagle rays and other wild life.

There is also a fish spa section (P100.00) where you can have “doctor fish” give your skin a little refreshing.

We also walked into their bird show stadium which can house 800 guests. While everything within Ocean Park is currently functioning and running except for the bird show section- this sis also another segment of the show I am greatly looking forward to.

Fun fact: I’ve been asking around where to apply as an animal trainer. I’m dead serious about working there. Everyone thinks I’m joking. I’m not.

The 360 acrylic section is where most, if not all, of your photos will most likely be taken. lol. jk. or not.

Curated feeds aside, the 360 acrylic walkthrough is a dome shaped pathway that is completely surrounded by water and different kinds of salt water fish with the main attraction being the sting rays and sharks!

The end of the hall eventually leads to the deep tank lagoon with lots of seating space and a great viewing glass for everyone to sit back and enjoy.

This is the last attraction of the tour before heading out to shop and eat.

While there are a few snack stalls along the area, there is also a Chinese restaurant named Gusto right before the exit. While I wasn’t able to check out the prices or get a peak at the food- as the Chinese characters on the logo suggest, I’m guessing that they’re oriental offerings.

If you’re on a budget or aren’t a fan of Chinese food, SM Seaside Cebu is right across you so with lots of other food selections.

They also have a gift shop section where parents can then be harassed by their children to buy then a stuffed toy. JUST KIDDING!!! or not. But seriously, they have a gift shop with lots of trinkets and memorabilia for guests to take home!

Other paid offerings:
Photo printing
Private function rooms

FAQs:
Should I make a reservation for tickets?
You can! But with the amount of people that the area can accommodate, it is unlikely that reservations are necessary.

Contact details?
(032) 888 5288

Map?
Here!

Is it worth it do go right now?
Honestly, if you asked me, it depends. 80% of the animals are already there and you barely know what you’re missing (aside from the bird show). If you’re from Cebu, we all have the privilege of waiting but if you’re a guest and are eager to see this wonderful new attraction, I definitely would not pass up the opportunity.

Do they have penguins?
No… not yet (?) I asked and they said they have yet to find out if they will or will not be available in Cebu.

What’s the state of the fish?
As a freshwater tank keeper, I would say that the fish are kept in the necessary living conditions considering that they are being kept in captivity. I was unsure about how I felt about COP opening in Cebu but seeing how much was taken into consideration in terms of space, temperature, lighting and how well the staff know about the animals, their needs and their general outlook- I know that the animals are safe and happy.

Do they have elevators/ escalators?
YES!

Any other questions? Feel free to leave them in the comment section below!

Keep Swimming,
Issa Gandionco

Bridal Diaries: Our Cebu Wedding Details (Bridal, Entourage, Set up & Suppliers)

Paolo & I wed last April 27, 2019, officially making me a Mrs. (lol. what? I still can’t believe it!) We were engaged for a year and 4 months which gave us more than enough time to explore all of our options, suppliers and ideas. While we didn’t initially have a theme, looking back at what had come into fruition, I would like to believe that it was somewhere between the lines of “Sprinkles & Sparkles” or you know, just fun colors.

I look back at our wedding with such joy and contentment knowing that was everything I had wanted it to be. It was more of a personal experience for me more than it was a visual because what we lack in decorations (flowers), we made up for with bright spirits and CRAZY stories to tell after.

But while those stories will just have to wait for their time to shine, I wanted to share other stories of the wonderful bodies that made this wedding come together and hopefully they can help any and every couple out there!

Bride

Bridal Robe: Bree Esplanada & Hoarder’s Closet
I’ll be doing a separate blog just for my dress alone. Sorry, I can’t help it! I just love it SO SO MUCH!

Customised Bedroom Slippers: Cheeky Chic
Fun fact: These were gifted to me by the owner of Cheeky Chic and I loved them so much, I brought them with me to the reception area and spent the entire night dancing in them!

HMUA: Shyra Qyumbi

Shoes: Maggie’s Box
These shoes were custom made for me for only P 1,500.00 (plus shipping)! I got to choose to add platforms, the color and the height of my heels. It was perfect because I have size 4 1/2- 5 feet. lol

Hair, Nails, Body & Face: Mira Beauty by Design

Flowers: Blush Flower Creations & Events

Groom

Suit: Infini (Ground floor of Gaisano Country Mall)
Fun fact: Paolo burnt his suit from deciding to iron it the night before. CANNOT. UNSEE!

Shoes: MendrezSocks: Zara

Grooming: TUF Barbershop

Rings: MyDiamond
Engagement ring: Royal Gem

Bridesmaids

Bridesmaid giveaways: tote bags, robe, pajama set – H&S Clothing

Bridesmaid dresses H&S Clothing

Groomsmen

Groomsmen boutonniere : Lazada (link)
I really think this is the best alternative if you’re trying to stay away from flowers!!

Groomsmen giveaways: Lazada
Their goody bags came with a wallet & a rubber belt. We opted to keep the belts though cuz they were… rubber.

Godparents

Tokens – Cheekychic
I super love the gifts we had custom made for our Godparents because we were able to customize them to our liking. Inside the side table notepad contains different sheets of paper that says thank you in different languages in printed paper that matched our theme! It was soo special!!

Flower girls

Dresses & Hair piece: H&S Clothing
I went back and forth with the possible alternatives for my flower ladies. I felt like head dresses were a bit too feminine and I couldn’t succumb to letting them carrying flowers so I really had to rack my brain for an alternative. Luckily, my friend Banisa gave me an idea after playing around with scarves that were given out during an event and thus, the floral wrap arounds!

Bearers

Geometric candle holders: Lazada (link)

Our Wedding Set Up

The Inspiration

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Backdrop
I made the backdrop myself with the help of my staff and Alyssa! Unfortunately I wasn’t around during set up so I wasn’t able to even out the fringes so it’s a bit bulky on the top and thin in the middle. I was too meh to care anyways. 

Check out this DIY wedding glow stick bar, so cute!

Center pieces

Host: Ryan Uybengkee
If you’re reading this, thank you so much for everything, bro! You really brought so much life to the wedding and your games were BOMB!! ALSO, THAT PLAYLIST! FTW!!!

Cake: D&M Cafe
My brother and sister in law are pastry chefs from the States and I am so happy that they decided to make our cake for us! My sister in law was soo adorable because she was literally stressing out because our actual cake didn’t quite come out the way we had initially planned it. I had first asked for a naked cake with the sprinkles showing and buttercream in the middle but things changed and they opted for a buttercream cake with cookie dough filling instead. In my most honest opinion, I think it turned out so much better (especially in photos) and it tasted even better than it looks! Seriously, I LOVED IT!

On the day coordinator/ Event Styling/ Flowers: Karen Go

Sounds & Lights: Matte Box Productions

Hope this helps!!

xx,
Issa G. (!)

(ALL PHOTOS BY JAMES JAYSON TY)

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