Tita of Manila

by dyan
November 1st, 2014
Posted in Let's Talk |


In two days, I’ll be turning 26, one step closer to becoming a full-fledged member of the #TitasofManila. Oh, who am I kidding—I am a tita of Manila! My tita habits include going home early to relax and watch my shows, packing my weekend with daytime activities, and basically treating myself right. Last Saturday was the height of my tita-ism: I was up at 6 am to catch up with friends over breakfast at Salcedo Market, where I bought an “unkillable” plant. Then I headed to the Sola Musica book launch of four amazing Summit authors, including Candy EIC Marla. Around 3 pm, I found myself shopping for lettuce and secondhand books at Muni Market in Capitol Commons, and by 6pm I was in bed, napping to recharge for a night of binge-watching. #YOLO.

But hey, that SNL bit has a ring of truth. “You only live once, that’s the motto, so take a chill pill and ease off the throttle… Just take our advice and hide and scream YOLO to the sky: You Oughta Look Out.”

Peace out.

Happy Halloween, Candy Girls!

by ayessa
October 31st, 2014
Posted in Candy, Candy Rap |

We hope you’re all having a blast today because it’s that time of the year again when you can scare people, have so much fun, and dress up like your favorite characters or icons—Halloween! But please, please remember to be kind and gentle still especially to kids. They’re not big enough to handle anything too scary, like The Exorcist level scary. Also, be generous in giving people treats and candies (especially if it’s Candy‘s November issue with Bella Thorne on the cover, which is out in bookstores nationwide now!) because it’s a time for sharing, too.

Need more tips to survive and have fun today? Here’s a treat: Our beloved spooky characters from Hotel Transylvania 2 are here to give you a few reminders.

Happy Halloween, girls!


Hotel Transylvania is set for release in September 2015.


Happy (almost) Halloween!

by kaye
October 26th, 2014
Posted in Spotlight, What's Up |

Fun Fact: Halloween is my favorite not-holiday. Every year, my sisters and I veg out on the couch with a gratuitous amount of candy and junk food, and a queue of classic spooky-but-not-scary movies. If you’re thinking of doing the same, here are some of my favorite Halloween movies:



Beetlejuice. Lydia Deetz (Winona Ryder!) is a young goth girl who befriends the Maitlands, a recently-deceased couple of ghosts who want to scare the Deetzes out of their house. Unfortunately, she also gets mixed up with the devious Beetlejuice, whose plans for Lydia are a little more nefarious.

My favorite scene: The dinner party and the last scene because shoe-horned dance sequences are THE BEST.



Hocus Pocus. The Sandersen sisters are three witches who like to suck the lives out of children to preserve their youth. When they’re captured and hanged, they declare that they’ll be summoned back to earth by a virgin who’ll light the black flame candle. 300 years later, Max Dennison attempts to impress the Halloween-obsessed Allison… by lighting the black flame candle.

My favorite scene: When Winifred Sandersen sings “I Put a Spell On You” and curses the townsfolk into dancing until they die (except—spoiler alert!—they don’t actually die)



Practical Magic. Sally and Gillian Owens come from a long line of witches, and all the men who fall in love with them are doomed to die. After Sally’s husband dies, all she wants is a quiet, normal life with her two daughters but Gillian brings trouble in the form of an abusive boyfriend that the sisters must handle. This is a little bit more mature than the first two, but it’s still a nice movie to watch with your sister.

My favorite scene: Quiet and reserved Sally stops gardening to run into the arms of her would-be husband Michael because ~magic~. The best part? It all happens to the tune of “This Kiss” by Faith Hill, one of the most kilig-inducing love songs of my generation.

Got any Halloween classics to recommend to me? Leave me a comment! :)

Class Act

by marla
October 24th, 2014
Posted in Candy, Candy Bites |

Okay, okay: we know this blog has been looking more like a food blog than a lifestyle/fashion/beauty blog lately. But we can’t help it—the universe just keeps showering us with delicious things! So while we do apologize for the barrage of food posts, here’s another treat for your taste buds, but one that’s entirely different from your usual restaurant or cafe experience: a super informative, super fun wine and cheese class!

French Cheese at Lepicerie

French Wine and Cheese classes (1)

Though we definitely don’t encourage #YOLO binge-drinking (responsible girls are the coolest girls!), a bit of a buzz—with the permission of your parents, of course, and with a designated driver to make sure you get home safely—wouldn’t hurt if it means you get to experience Sofitel Manila’s extremely cool private wine and cheese class. I got a preview of the class last night (Candy Girl Verniece Enciso and I giggled all throughout the wine tastings), and aside from getting my fill of the best wine and cheese selection in the country, I learned so much #impressivestuff that makes for pretty interesting dinner party conversation topics. For example: Did you know that “a good year” for wine is determined by international critics, and differs for every wine-producing country? Did you know that, contrary to the popular belief that only red works, many kinds of white wine can be paired with cheese? And did you know that the dragonfruit wine, fermented locally in Ilocos, is a sweet, refreshing, candy-colored drink that’s actually pretty good?

If you’re up for a unique cultural experience and a gastronomic treat rolled into one, sign up for Sofitel Manila’s private wine and cheese class (it’ll be held at the Spiral Cheese Room—more than enough reason to go!) with your friends, or better yet, with your mom and dad for some major family bonding. Classes will be from October 27-31, and you may call 832-6988 to inquire about fees and reserve a slot.

Happy weekend, everyone!


But most of all, we love each other. That’s the quote from TV show Madeline that has stayed with me through the years, combining all my favorite things and reminding me of those 12 little girls in two straight lines.

“In two straight lines, they broke their bread”—aaand we’re back to my obsession. My friends know how much I love bread that they’ve dubbed me “Dyan Valdyan” because if I were to go to jail, they say it would be for stealing bread!

Kidding aside, all this bread talk brings me to Gardenia’s Next Big Sandwich Hit, a sandwich-making competition that took place last weekend. It’s amazing how the participants shook things up and created edible art that you can even DIY at home.


Healthy Box Sandwich from La Consolacion College, first runner-up


Tuna and Shrimp Tempura Overload Sandwich from Philippine Women’s University, second runner-up


Pan Fusionado Sandwich from National University, grand prize winner


Yum! Baon inspiration, anyone?


Photos courtesy of Gardenia. 

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Tita of Manila

by: dyan, 2014-11-01

  In two days, I’ll be turning 26, one step closer to becoming a full-fledged member of the #TitasofManila. Oh, who am I kidding—I am a tita of Manila! My tita habits...



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