Valerie Tan

Val is a tv and events host from Manila. She is a segment host and producer of Trending on News To Go, GMA News TV. Being a Filipino-Chinese herself, she also hosts lifestyle program CHInoyTV 菲華電視台 which airs simultaneously on PTV-4 and Living Asia Channel.

Some of Val's more memorable moments were being nominated as Best Morning Show Host at the 2013 Star Awards for TV for GMA News TV's "Kape At Balita", and as Best Lifestyle Host at the 2009 Star Awards for TV for Q-11's "The Beat".

Her modelling career has been fruitful, having done lead roles for tv commercials that aired in the Philippines, Cambodia and USA.

Her passion for beauty is undeniable, resulting to this blog and her enterpreneurial baby, GlamBox Airbrush Cosmetics, which was awarded the Most Outstanding Makeup Brand for 2011 by Top Brands Awards.

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Browhaus, the one-stop brow and lash grooming salon, launched its latest eye makeup products last week at Niner Ichi Nana in Fort.

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Made in Japan, the Precision Eyeliner and the Clump-Free HD Mascara aims to prettify our peepers.

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The Precision Eyeliner is eye defining, smudge-proof, long-lasting, and can be easily removed with warm water. It’s available in Intense Black and Deep Brown.

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It comes in a felt-tip for smooth and precise application. Thus, you can create the eyeliner look you want just like what you see in this picture.

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The waterproof HD Mascara, on the other hand, gives a long-lasting curl effect and contains clay minerals for glossy, weightless finish.

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I eagerly tried out all products, starting off by applying a very thin line on my upper lash…

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I curled my sparse lashes and applied the HD mascara…

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I then applied a thin line of the eyeliner in deep brown on my lower lash.

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The HD Mascara did its job well but what I loved the most among all the three products is the Precision Eyeliner in Deep Brown.

The term “Precision” to describe it is very apt. It went on smoothly and produced a very natural effect.

Applying the liner in Deep Brown shade on my lower lash defined my eyes without the heavy eye makeup look. This is better than any of the gel, pencil and liquid eyeliners I’ve tried for my lower eyelash.

The Precision Eyeliner in Deep Brown will for sure be a part of my daily makeup regimen from now on. =)

Browhaus, 2F Serendra Bonifacio High St. Bonifacio Global City Taguig; 4F Greenbelt 5 Phase 2 Legaspi Street, Ayala Center Makati; 3rd Flr, Abreeza Corporate Center JP Laurel, Bajada, Davao City; Fs 417& 418 Lucky Chinatown, Reina Regente St. cor Dela Reina St., Binondo, Manila; 5th floor Mega Fashion Hall, SM Megamall Epifanio de los Santos Ave (EDSA)

Here I am with the people behind Solar Solutions, a social enterprise that provides advice on the deployment of renewable energy. The solar panel in the picture is only P15k. 

Know more about solar power in my Trending report-

In this month’s box, the girls behind BDJ put the focus on our crowning glory- the hair! Inside the box are amazing treats to keep our mane in tiptop shape. 

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Starting off with the L’Oreal Professional Mythic Oil Nourishing Masque. It has a Paraben-free formula with Argan Oil and Cotton Seed Oil to balance the hair’s natural oil levels. 

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Enriched with a special blend of Avocado and Grape Seed Oil, the L’Oreal Professional Mythic Oil cares and pampers all hair types. 

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The easy to apply, non-drip cream formula of Garnier Color Naturals assures a natural looking and long-lasting hair color. 

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For our other beauty needs, the bold and luxurious shade of the Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick shine does the trick. 

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For the skin, Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate promises supple and glowing skin with just one week of daily use. 

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The Fan Di Fendi fragrance has a perfect combination of fruity, floral and musk notes for a fresh, ultra-feminine yet delicate scent. 

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Plus, Blo vouchers!

Can’t wait to try these new products. This month’s BDJ Box was definitely a treat! =)

Get your own BDJBox at www.bdjbox.com 

The current attention on Pope Francis is causing a renewed interest in the life of his spiritual father, St. Ignatius of Loyola.  A simple internet search on St. Ignatius shows 3,540,000 million entries. However, the same search for a film on his life yields a mere 217,000 entries.  Even a search on Amazon reveals only two DVD movies based on his life. 

In Jesuit-run schools it is not much different. A survey made by Jesuit Communications Foundation (JesCom), a media organization in the Philippines that produces audiovisual materials for education and evangelization, revealed that in Ateneo de Manila University –the leading Jesuit-run school in the country—the only film about the saint available for students to watch is an old black and white film made in the late 1940s.  “El Capitan de Loyola” was produced completely in Spanish  with only English subtitles.

With such a great need to retell St. Ignatius’ story to a modern public, JesCom decided to do a full-length feature film project entitled “Ignacio: The First Jesuit.” 

A Film with Depth

JesCom will shoot the film in the places associated with St. Ignatius: Montserrat, Manresa, Pamplona and Loyola in Spain. Through meticulous rendering of costumes, materials used and the prevailing culture during the life of St. Ignatius, “Ignacio” will evoke the exciting atmosphere of 16th century Spain and Europe.    

The film will capture the zeitgeist of the time, when the continent was full of superpowers fighting over uncharted territories. Spain, which would eventually be the leading superpower at the time, was bringing Catholicism to Mexico and Latin America, eventually reaching the Philippines and Asia.   

JesCom brings in years of experience into the making of the film, having produced award-winning documentaries and shows such as “Ang Aming mga Sala,” “Kwento ng mga Peregrino,” “Maging Akin Muli,” and “Kunin Mo, O Diyos.”

JesCom tapped in-house Creative Director Pauline Mangilog-Saltarin and Production Manager Ernestine Tamana as producers of “Ignacio.”  Pauline and Ernestine represent the skills and experience of JesCom in more than 50 documentaries and projects and awards that range from the Telly Awards, Japan Prize, International Festival of Audiovisual de Barcelona, XXIX International Catholic Film and Multimedia Festival in Poland and the homegrown Catholic Mass Media Awards.  For “Ignacio,” they gathered an award-winning team to effectively capture and portray St. Ignatius’ life. 

“We have the passion to bring Ignatius’ story to life and I think the whole team is committed to make this project a huge success,” observes Paolo Dy, “Ignacio’s” Director, in an interview. 

This is Paolo’s feature film directorial debut, after a history of winning Anvil Awards almost yearly, the Gold Quill Award of Excellence, Bogen Imaging Short Film Competition in New York and Babelgum Online Film Festival.

He is joined by scriptwriter Ian Victorino who has made powerful scripts on film and television such as “Bayani,” “Sakay,” “Katipunan’” and “Rekorder;” Fritz Silorio, who won the Gawad Tanglaw Awards, Star Awards and Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences Awards for his production designs is Production Designer;”and, Larry Manda, whose latest film project “Norte , The End of History’” showed his mastery and talent to wide critical acclaim, has agreed to be Director of Photography.

To watch the concept teaser, visit  http://vimeo.com/102310177

To watch the teaser and AVP, visit http://vimeo.com/102143386

Indiegogo: Fund Ignacio:  The First Jesuit

“Ignacio” will cost an estimated US$ 675,000 or Php 30,500,000 to produce. JesCom hopes to raise 80 percent—around US$ 560,000 or Php 24,400,000—from donors. The remaining 20 percent will be spent on production costs and the full expense of Post-Production. It will cost roughly US$ 140,000 or Php 6,100,00, and will be sourced through social media or what is known as crowdfunding. 

On July 31, 2014, JesCom celebrated the Feast day of St. Ignatius of Loyola by officially launching its worldwide crowdfunding campaign on IndieGoGo, a popular crowdfunding site for non-profits, startups and individuals.

Crowdfunding is a recent development where people and organizations from any part of the world can make a donation through social media platforms in support of causes or projects.  For Ignacio supporters, contributions can be anywhere between US$ 5 to $ 10,000. Each level of donation comes with a reward from the film producers.  These include eposters,  digital copies of the DVD  and original sound track, and special mention in the credits of the movie. 

To help with their IndieGoGo campaign, visit www.tinyurl.com/ignaciomovie

For more information, visit the “Ignacio” website at http://jescom.ph/IgnacioMovie or contact JesCom at 4265971 to 72 and esablan@admu.edu.ph.  

Those interested to join active discussions on the film’s development can go to IgnacioMovie on Facebook.  On Twitter they can follow the conversation on #IgnacioMovie, #Jesuits and #AMDG.

               “Ignacio” will premiere in the Philippines in August, 2015.

Wearing Maldita

Upon the invitation of Gov. Manay Cely Wong and the Catanduanes Tourism Office, ChinoyTV took a 60-minute plane ride to feature the different sights and activities there.

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Here’s a rundown of where we went and what we did in Catanduanes-

1.Nahulugan Falls

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Located in the town of Gigmoto, it is one of the town’s treasures.

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Its waters beautifully cascade on three tiers, creating spectacular sprays. The cold water is great for a relaxing dip on a hot day.

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2. PAGASA - DOST Weather Radar Station

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One of the most advanced radar station in the world, it aims to mitigate the impact of typhoons in our country.

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Panoramic views of nature can be viewed from the ground of the radar station.

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3. Puraran Beach

From September to October of every year, the Puraran Surf Camp in Puraran, Baras becomes a host to advanced surfers and serious seekers of stoke.

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A sumptuous meal of seafood amidst the serenity of the mountain and cove view is perfect.

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4. Abaca Paper Production

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Catanduanes remains one of the biggest producer of abaca.

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We were shown the step-by-step process of making abaca paper and the different products made from it.

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6. Abaca Silk with Billy Apanti

From abaca paper to abaca silk.

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We met Mr. Billy Apanti, the sole supplier of abaca silk to renowned fashion designer Dita Sandico-Ong.

Now I do not wonder why abaca silk is a bit more expensive. Our trip to the workshop area showed me how intricate it is to produce it!

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It takes more than a day and several working hands to weave abaca silk.

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7. Pandan Town Fiesta

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Pandan is a municipality in the province of Catanduanes. We were lucky to experience a small town fiesta.

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There was singing, dancing, eating, and whole lot of positive vibes!

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There’s a whole lot more we went to- more food, more sights and more fun! Tune it to ChinoyTV for our two-part Catanduanes special.

Part 1: August 24 Sunday 10am

Part 2: August 31 Sunday 10am

ChinoyTV airs simultaneously on PTV-4 (free TV) and Living Asia Channel (Global/Destiny 88, Sky/Home 99/113).

Special thanks to Gov. Manay Cely Wong, Pandan Mayor Joseph Wong, Jardin Wong, and the Catanduanes Tourism Office

Some information and photos grabbed from Catanduanes Tourism Office website and Facebook page, www.catanduanes.gov.ph

I’m happy to share with you a new organic skin care line that’s 100% natural, 100% holistic and 100% good for your skin-

Neutra Organics

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They have several products that’s worth a try. 

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Rosewater & Sea Salt Vitamin Toner

Made of pure rosewater petals and green tea extracts, it can be used everyday to tone and balance skin’s PH with its anti-ageing properties and green tea aroma. 

I spray it on my face throughout the day when I feel my skin needs a boost. It instantly refreshes and revitalizes my skin. Plus, the scent is so relaxing. 

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Hair Vitamin Serum

I spread one drop all over my hair and it made my hair look soft and shiny, like it was straight off a shampoo commercial! Be careful though, don’t put too much or your hair might look oily. 

This can also be used for thinning hair or even for eyebrows and eyelashes to make them grow. Just use your old clean mascara wand to apply. It has natural oils of grapeseed coconut, aloe, castor and ginger. 

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Neem Balm

Use for any skin problems, even eczema and psoriasis. It has healing properties, with tea tree oil, neem oil, avocado oil and more. 

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Hand Sanitizer 

It contains aloe vera and witch hazel that cleans without the chemicals. It doesn’t feel heavy and sticky on the palm. It has a light fresh scent that lingers on the skin. 

My favorites so far are Rosewater & Sea Salt Vitamin Toner and the Hair Vitamin Serum. <3

I’m looking forward to more products from them as they are expanding their line and launching an artisan collection soon. Exciting! 

Neutra Organics, IG: @neutraorganics, +63917-4300115, neutraorganics@gmail.com 

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Wearing Maldita

Hair and makeup by Jane Lee

Hosting GMA News TV’s Learniversity for the third year in a row. First stop is University of Sto. Tomas!

Shorter and darker tresses c/o Jeffrey Alejandro 

Wearing Maldita

Hair and makeup by Jane Lee