Sunday, December 17, 2017

J. CO is Finally in Bohol!

Finally, J.CO, one of the world’s fastest growing donut & coffee chains is in Bohol! J.CO opened to a huge throng of Boholanos who were eager to sample the delectable donuts and coffee last December 8, Friday at the Island City Mall.
Among the delectable and sinfully sweet J.CO donuts
and coffee with latte art
Prior to the grand opening, Your Roving Eye, along with a select group from the press and bloggers were invited to the media launch  of J.CO and what fun the group had not only with open bar but with all the fun games and interactive sessions to welcome the highly successful donut chain in the province.
Your Roving Eye with AGC’s amiable and friendly PR guy Ritchel Mutia

With fellow bloggers and certified foodies 

J.CO’s creamy & soft donuts are known for their eye- popping and high quality toppings and fillings such as toasted almonds, premium dark and white chocolate and other ingredients.J.CO's donut flavors (over 45 flavors and counting) are either named using eponyms or word plays such as puns. 
 more than 45 flavors
 J Cool  (frozen yoghurt)
 Your Blogger finished off everything
 J Club (donut sandwiches)
 J Pops (mini bite- size donuts)

In fact, their most popular donut flavor, Alcapone, is inspired by most-wanted American gangster Al Capone.  Other bestselling products are their J.CRONUT (croissant donuts), J.POPS (mini bite-size donuts), J.CLUB (donut sandwiches), J.COOL (frozen yogurt), and gourmet selections of savory pastries, sandwiches, and salads.
 with DJ Sean and DJ Noel
 Your Roving Eye with Jofel Nistal, Paulene Quinal- Nistal
and her sister Patrisse

 with J. Co top honchos 
Their J.COFFEE line features a wide variety of coffee beverages ranging from the classics to iced blends.     

  J. Co loot bags for the press who attended the media launch
 J.CO in ICM is the first in Bohol and their 45th outlet in the Philippines since it entered the country in 2012.


Sunday, December 10, 2017

Bluewater Panglao Hosts Unforgettable Gustatory Experience

A couple of nights ago, Your Roving Eye, along with a select group of lifestyle writers from Cebu and Manila, was  invited by Bluewater Panglao to a Filipino- themed degustation dining experience aptly named “Hayop sa Sarap na Degustation” to kick off the resort’s annual Christmas tradition named “Pasko sa Bluewater”
The eyecatching menu promised a delightful evening ahead

By the way, for those out of the loop, degustation is a French culinary term that refers to sampling an array of small dishes served one after the other. The term also encompasses ideas like savoring of food with all the senses, appreciation of ingredients and the chef’s technical skills and enjoying food with good company. Last Friday’s  degustation involved sampling small portions of some of the featured chef’s signature dishes in one sitting.

Filipino knick knacks for that unique Pinoy Christmas flavor

 great conversation pieces


Everyone could feel the coming of the holidays with the very Filipino Christmas decorations and conversational centerpieces that bedecked the dining tables.  The gustatory experience at the resort's Aplaya Restaurant which started promptly at 7 pm was a very creative 12-course Filipino-inspired degustation celebration capped by Pepita’s Lechon de Leche. 
The iconic tartanilla takes the spotlight

Dedet  dela Fuente also known by food enthusiasts as the Lechon Diva behind the popular Pepita’s Kitchen in Makati was in her elements that night. Funny, endearing and warm, she welcomed all guests including the top mavens of Bohol’s travel and tours industry by sharing the story behind Pepita’s Kitchen and gave the proper introductions as each dish was served.

 Dedet dela Fuente, The Lechon Diva” shared her passion for food at
the Bluewater Panglao event

We started the whole shebang with a lambanog shot into the martini glass, where it magically melts actual pink cotton candy. It was surprisingly delicious and set the tone for the rest of the evening.

Among the memorable dishes was the Hiplog which combined hipon  (or shrimp) in itlog na maalat (salted egg) sauce. The shrimp is coated with rich crab fat butter and topped with bits from the salted egg. 
 Jo Philipps, Paolo Rigotti and Juriz try their hand in preparing the “Tuslob Buwa”
Bluewater top honcho Margie Munsayac looks on
Most of the curious guests including yours truly stood up to help prepare the “Tuslob Tuwa” at a cook-it-yourself station near the dining tables.  We also had the “Sipit sa Sarap” , huge crab claws  with aligue sauce.

Before we were treated the ultimate treat, we were served the perfect palate cleansers, refreshing ice candy in ginger and kalamansi flavors that rid traces of the previous dish.

Baked lechon bread becomes hot conversation piece 
Finally,  we were served the “Pepita’s Lechon de Leche”, stuffed with truffle rice and served with divalicious labuyo sauce. The crispy lechon skin is brushed with gold powder and you can’t help but notice the dish has a miniature Philippine flag stuck to it. Well, it is a Philippine pride after all after being awarded in London as “The Tastiest Dish in Asia”

 The Lechon de Leche stuffed with truffle rice 
Because of a prior engagement, I wasn’t able to wait for the dessert. Anyway, there’s plenty of opportunity though for this holiday season, Bluewater Panglao will be showcasing g the best of Filipino culinary treats as well as its array of international cuisine. After all, what is Christmas without the overflowing food and drinks ?

All in all, it was one of the best gustatory experiences I’ve ever had. Good food, delightful company and the most cozy Christmas ambience. The perfect way indeed to kick off the holiday season!

See you at Bluewater Panglao this Christmas!

Friday, November 17, 2017

Miss Baguio is Miss Silka Philippines 2017

Nineteen year old Andrea Fe Gomez of Baguio City was crowned Miss Silka Philippines 2017 at the conclusion of the exciting and star- studded pageant held at the Activity Center of Market Market today.

Ms. Gomez received P150,000 in cash plus gift certificates, merchandise and an endorsement contract with Silka for 2018. Her chosen charity will also receive P100, 000 cash donations.
 Andrea Fe Gomez is Miss Silka Philippines 2017
Named 1st RU was Miss Silka Quezon  Ashanti Shaine Ervas, 19 years old, 2nd RU was Miss Silka Cebu Nicole Borromeo, 16 years old and 3rd RU was Miss Silka Cagayan Valley Nikita Pearl Teichmuller, 19 years old.  
L-R: !st RU, Miss Silka Philippines 2017, 2nd RU & 3rd RU

Cosmetique Asia Corp., makers of Silka beauty & skincare products, is behind the annual beauty search that gathers more than 30 regional and provincial winners.
 The queen in her gown and swimsuit

Bohol’s Sheena Marie Licong in the Swimsuit Competition

the girls moments before the announcement of winners

Hosting the pageant were actor Mikael Daez and 2014 Miss Universe- Philippines MJ Lastimosa. Amazing celebrity guests such as the handsome Sam Concepcion and Silka Ambassador Yassi Pressman were among the performers.

Photo Credits: Silka Skincare FB Page

Will Sheena Marie Give Bohol Its First Miss Silka Philippines Crown Today?

Today, November 17, we shall find out if Sheena Marie Amper Licong will give Bohol its first ever Miss Silka Philippines crown. After arriving in Manila last Nov 14, Miss Silka Bohol 2017 plunged head- on with the series of activities leading to the coronation scheduled today.  
 Sheena Marie for Miss Silka Philippines 2017
The 19 year old BS Physical Therapy student competes with more than 30 provincial and regional candidates from all over the Philippines for the honor of becoming Silka beauty & skincare products’ image model and product endorser. 
 Sheena joins other Silka beauties for a Showtime guesting

Bohol’s highest placement since it sent a candidate in 2008 is 1st Runner Up courtesy of Geraldine Bernido Topsnik in 2015.  Bohol’s 10- year participation in the nationwide beauty search has also yielded a Top Ten finish in 2013 and a 3rd Runner Up placement in 2012. 
 Bohol's bet holds her own during presscon
Calling all Manila- based Boholanos to cheer for Sheena Marie as she competes for the title of Miss Silka Philippines 2017 today at the Activity Center of Market! Market! at The Fort, Taguig City, 2pm.

 Good luck Sheena Marie!

Hosting the pageant are actor Mikael Diaz and 2014 Miss Universe- Philippines MJ Lastimosa. Amazing celebrity guests such as the handsome Sam Concepcion and Silka Ambassador Yassi Pressman are among the performers.

Please continue to show your love and support for Sheena!

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Alturas Campus Icons 2017 is On!

Alturas Mall was abuzz with activity one sizzling afternoon as close to a hundred male and female headturners from Bohol’s campuses showed up for the screening of official candidates fort Alturas Campus Icons 2017. 
This year’s official candidates for Alturas Campus Icons 2017

Applicants cooled their heels while waiting for the results

Billed as Bohol’s grandest interschool personality searches, the beauty & personality competition will highlight Alturas’ 32nd anniversary. Thirteen males and 14 females made the first and final cut.
CMM, University of Bohol, BIT & St. Mary’s Academy

STI, Cristal E, DCPNHS & EnScieMa

LSNHS, HNU, BWS & Sacred Heart Academy

Bohol Wisdom School, Holy Name University, DCPNHS, University of Bohol, BIT, ENSCIEMA, STI, Cristal E and schools from Jagna, Loon, Tubigon, Guindulman and Calape are among the participating schools.

 Your Roving Eye with AGC's PR guy Ritchel Mutia

AGC Auditing Team made sure that the results were accurate

The judging panel with event host Ferome Almine

Your Roving Eye, Miss Silka Philippines 2015 1st RU Geraldine Topsnik & AGC’s top marketing guy Ritchel Mutia composed the judging panel that selected the official candidates.

VOTE for your favorite campus icons through this link:


Sunday, Nov 19, 3 pm, Alturas Mall for the Talent Competition 
Friday, Nov 24, 8:30 pm, Bohol Wisdom School Gym for Pageant Night

Admission is free

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Jason & Bam: Their Love Story

Although Bam was the quiet and reserved type, she was a campus figure who made heads turn. She eventually came out of her shell, joined Miss Bohol where she was named Best in Swimsuit and made it as top finalist.

Jason was the smart guy who loves algebra yet he was the gregarious and sociable type who had a lot of friends. He was drawn to her quiet demeanor and she to his brains and friendly ways.

So how did the two end up as lovers and who will be exchanging lifetime vows before God, family and friends on November 18?

Here’s their story as  shared by the bride herself:
 “It was back in 2006 when we first met. We were both freshmen students at Holy Name University.  We were classmates in various subjects. It wasn’t exactly love at first sight but more like destiny. In fact, it was our mutual friends who played Cupid by trying to find a way for him to get my phone number.
 The couple: Then & Now
Unfortunately, my mobile phone wasn’t working that time so he had to wait patiently until he would be able to reach out. I was surprised one day when I got a text message from him and from then on we started communicating. The casual and friendly hi’s and hellos became more serious and took a deeper tone. We became lovers and best friends at the same time. “
Beautiful pre- nup photo
Those years in college were some of the best in our lives until graduation day came. Jason had to leave Bohol and follow his family in Manila for good. I went to Cebu to look for a job so we had this long distance relationship thing for four years. We knew that it wouldn’t be easy. We’ve been through a lot of odds in our relationship and our love was tested but we proved to each other that it’s worth it. Distance taught us the definition of patience, devotion and commitment.
In 2013, I decided to go abroad to seek for better opportunities and after a year of work, we realized that we both wanted to be near each other and so Jason followed me to Singapore. Finally, the long distance affair and the long wait were over.
The surprise proposal

Ten years after we first met, Jason surprised me with a sweet proposal over dinner in a restaurant in Thailand where we had our vacation. It was indeed an evening that was totally unforgettable. I was crying the whole time not only because it was so unexpected but also because it’s every girl’s dream to be married to the guy they’re in love with.   
The engaged couple 10 years after they first met
After everything that we’ve been through, we can now look back onto our experiences in life and truly say “we survived”.
Coordination & Styling: Josh Buma-at | The Serendipity
Photos: Mark Ramasola | Artline
Make-up: NinaJasmine Cadelina
Hair: Nayr Shufa Sines

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Remembering the Late Paula, Ellen, Marcel, Suzette & Marecor

As we mark All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day, we also remember some of our former Miss Bohol queens who have gone ahead to the Great Beyond.

PAULA  RAAGAS- VALLES. Paula (better known as Paulita and Daday) Baura Raagas was born on June 6, 1922 in Maribojoc, Bohol. Known for her striking beauty, winsome charm and intelligence, she was crowned Miss Bohol on May 4, 1941 at the young age of 18  and just a month away from her 19th birthday.

1941 Miss Bohol: Paula “Daday” Raagas- Valles (June 6 1922- July 8 2012)

She later on married her childhood sweetheart Dionisio Valles also from Maribojoc. She served as Municipal Mayor of Maribojoc from 1978 to 1986.

She passed away on July 8, 2012 at the ripe old age of 90 in Metro Manila (Thanks to Allouie Jumawan Escabarte)

ELLEN CAMPBELL. The tall and tantalizing Ellen “Jick Jick” Campbell of Tagbilaran City bested a field of 34 of the most beautiful and accomplished young women of the province.
1977 Most Beautiful Boholana: Ellen Campbell (1959 – 2001)
Mostly coming from the most socially- prominent families, the ladies had been chosen to represent their respective municipalities, the capital city, colleges & universities, socio- civic clubs and business organizations in the 1977 Most Beautiful Boholana Pageant.

Ellen "Jick Jick" Campbell passed away in Feb 26, 2001 after losing the battle with the big C.

MARCEL GATAL- DIEGO. Marcelina Marcel Orimaco Gatal was Your Roving Eye’s sister. Prior to winning the Miss Young Bohol 1983 crown, she was a popular DJ and newscaster of DYRD & KISS FM and had represented the province in the 1982 Hiyas ng Silangan- Pilipinas pageant where she was named Miss Talent and a Top Ten finalist.

1983 Miss Young Bohol: Marcelina Orimaco Gatal (1963- 2016)

She lost her four- year battle with breast cancer complicated by lung cancer on November 2, 2016. She was 53 years old.

SUZETTE AUZA GARCIA. Just two weeks after Marcel Gatal’s demise, another beautiful angel named Suzette Auza Garcia also went ahead to the Great Beyond. 

As Binibining Talibon 1992, Suzette represented her municipality in the 1992 Miss Bohol Pageant where her beautiful angelic face, charm & wit made her one of the favorites to win the crown. 

True enough, she emerged 2nd RU to Celevel Ranoco of Jagna and she was also selected as Best in Filipina Costume.

1992 Miss Bohol 2nd RU: Suzette Auza Garcia

Suzette who has been based for years in Dubai succumbed to complications from lung cancer and left behind an only daughter Reina.  She was in her early 40’s when she passed away on November 15, 2016

MARECOR RECIO- BOLIGAO. She would always be remembered as one of the loveliest Miss Bohol winners after she was named 2nd RU to Mellanie Wallace in Miss Bohol 2000.  

2000 Miss Bohol 2nd RU: Marecor Recio- Boligao

It was  in September 2010 when news of the violent and senseless murder of businesswoman and former Miss Tubigon Marecor "Coi" Recio and her husband Alphonsus "Dodo" Boligao shocked the pageant community in Bohol.

They were on their way home on board their car when ambushed by still unidentified assailants. Marecor who was due with her third child reportedly tried to shield her husband from the killers but it was a futile attempt. She was only 27 when she met her untimely demise.  

Dear readers, do spare a minute of silence for the eternal repose of our beautiful queens who are now safely in the warm embrace of our Creator in heaven where there is no pain & sorrow and where the sun shines gloriously all day long.

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