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Swimming the Speedo Way

by guest
Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015
Posted in Shopping Diaries, What's Up |

A lot of hype surrounds sneakers nowadays—athletes use it for their games, runners use it for their races, and others use it for fashion. These sneakers are both functional and stylish at the same time. But what if you’re a competitive swimmer or a beach lover getting ready for summer? Worry not because Speedo’s Spring/Summer 2015 Collection combines style and functionality in their pieces, which they showcased last February 18 at the Glorietta Activity Center.

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Speedo caters to all swimming enthusiasts—may it be for competitions, fun, fitness or health. The SS 2015 collection highlights the use of different prints, graphics, and color combinations in their swimwear. The Competitive Collection, with its high-stretch fabrics, is perfect for all swimmers who are gearing up for their races. The Play and Fun Collection, with its onesies, bikinis, and tankinis, is perfect for people who are planning to go to the beach and flaunt their style.

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The Fitness Collection, with its Pinnacle Kickback and Pinnacle V Jammer, boasts of additional compression panels for a tighter feel that helps engage core muscles. The Speedo Sculpture Collection is perfect for those who want to shape up and highlight their curves naturally.

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So whether you swim to compete, to have fun, or to stay fit and healthy, Speedo has the right swimwear for you. Visit their store and get one (or two or more) of their fun and vibrant Spring/Summer 2015 collection!

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Tricia Quintero, Candy Council of Cool 15

Now Brewing: Coffee at J.Co

by guest
Thursday, February 26th, 2015
Posted in Candy, Candy Bites |

What do you drink a cup of coffee for? Productivity? Relaxation? Creativity? It can be for a lot of things, but Maxene Magalona, J.Co’s newest brand ambassador, looks for warmth and energy in her cup of coffee to help her get through her days.

She shared during the JCoffee Media Launch at Glorietta 2 last February 18 that a cup of her favorite JCoccino, JCoffee’s take on cappuccino, helps jumpstart and fuel her throughout the day. What she likes best about JCoffee is the variety of its flavors. They even made a counterpart of the Avocado Dicaprio donut – the Avocado-flavored coffee.

JCoffee takes pride from their hand-picked Indonesia-grown Arabica beans from Sumatra and Sulawesi which they use in brewing their coffee. They also boast of their skillful and creative Coffee Experts who not only can brew your coffee to perfection, but can also make it aesthetically-pleasing by decorating it through latte art. I personally saw how these coffee experts create those cute designs when they did a demo right in front of us. It not only tastes delicious, it also looks beautiful!
So head to the nearest J.Co store (or their soon-to-be-opened lifestyle cafe at Forbes Town Center) and get a lovely combination of freshly-brewed coffee and delectable donuts, like Maxene’s favorite combo, the JCoccino with the Alcapone donut or my combo, Avocado coffee and Tiramisu donut.

Riana Lago and Tricia Quintero
Council of Cool 15

Confessions of a New The 1975 Fan

by guest
Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015
Posted in Candy, Spotlight |


When I found out I was going to attend The 1975 concert, I wasn’t exactly thrilled. I was there for work—and I had no prior knowledge of their songs or what genre they played. I presumed that they were some upbeat boy band that would bleed my ears dry from cliché. Needless to say, I was proven wrong.

Ambient music filled the air, while eager fans screamed in anticipation. My curiosity grew by the minute as the show’s imminent beginning was closing in. Finally, the lights dimmed, and the room was slowly filled with the chords to the opening song—it’s called “The City” as I later found out—and the crowd quickly sang along.


I was taken aback! I didn’t expect these young musicians who hail from the same city as The Smiths, and even the Bee Gees, to be capable of such spine-tingling, hair-raising, and dare I say, sexy music. The 1975’s style is also reminiscent of Icelandic band Sigur Rós’s ethereal sound mixed with pop-rock influences. This was the band’s first ever arena show—and they seemed to have a good time. All throughout, they were able to perfectly synthesize upbeat songs you can sing-along to with very ambient, slow, and emotionally taxing numbers. Kudos to that amazing, amazing saxophone that made hearts melt—mine, at least. The pacing was incredible, and it was evident in their set that The 1975 are an experimental band. By the concert’s end, I was converted.



Hi, I’m Yael—now a certified addict. I am listening to “Medicine” as I try my darndest best to close this entry. Oh, and Matty is running in my head: shirtless, taking a swig out of his wine bottle, singing in between relentless drags of his cigarette.


photos by Chaco Cruz

Japanese Street Dance Invades Manila

by guest
Tuesday, January 27th, 2015
Posted in Spotlight |

Konnichiwa, Candy Girls! We were invited to The Japan Foundation, Manila  street dance show “Dance Dance Asia – Crossing the Movements” the other week at the RCBC Plaza. #DanceDanceAsia aims to support Asian regional dance companies who specialize in street dance (hip hop, contemporary, and jazz). Minutes before the show started, I was giddy with excitement (fangirl mode: ON). Although I can’t dance to save my life, I enjoy watching people who are good at their craft.

Tapdancerize opened the show with a mood-boosting routine. A live band then started playing jazz music, and Tapdancerize continued wowing the crowd. Tokyo Gegegay was up next and they had this cool classroom set-up on stage. Their performance kept me on the edge of my seat! These awesome gals had several costume changes and the whole performance was a feast for the eyes. They also gave us a good laugh at some parts! S**t Kingz came next and they are the epitome of cool! These guys boast clean and sharp moves while dancing to funky tunes. During my interview with them, they said that Filipino dancers are talented and surely have a shot at the global scene, so go do yer thang! —Macee Rosimo, Candy Council of Cool 15








Photos courtesy of The Japan Foundation, Manila

The Ultimate Selfie Phone

by guest
Friday, December 19th, 2014
Posted in Spotlight |

The Lumia is back with bigger, better and bolder features! Last December 10, members of the press were given an exclusive sneak preview of the brand new Microsoft Lumia 535 and Nokia Lumia 735 at the Amber Ultra Lounge in Bonifacio Global City.

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We were ushered into booths to take selfies in front of walls with photographs taken with the Lumia and upload them to our respective social media accounts to be able to get the chance to go home with a brand new phone. Candy Cutie Alex Diaz, who introduced the speakers of the day – Gary Chan and Microsoft General Manager Karel Holub, hosted the program. Gary and Karel walked us through the various new features of the Lumia, including the wide-angle 5mp front camera that was specifically designed for Skype video calls and selfies in mind. Alex demonstrated some of the features—he was able to video call his mom via Skype during the program!

But aside from the amazing camera, we were all excited about how functional the Lumias are, especially for students who are constantly on the go. The phones come with the Microsoft Office Suite pre-installed and since most students use Word, Excel, and Powerpoint, it’s easy to get homework done even when you’re far away from your computer!

Even though a lot of us didn’t win a Lumia 535 at the event, we didn’t go home empty handed; everyone was given loot bags with Microsoft goodies and a Selfie Pod–a perfect match for the ultimate Selfie phone!

The Lumia 535 is now available for only P5,990 and the Lumia 735 is available only at Globe free at Plan 1299.

Vivien Nelsen
Council of Cool 15

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Swimming the Speedo Way

by: guest, 2015-03-03

A lot of hype surrounds sneakers nowadays—athletes use it for their games, runners use it for their races, and others use it for fashion. These sneakers are both functional and...



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