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(Should Have Been) Bloggermail Friday 10

September 12, 2016

Bloggermail Friday should have been published last Friday but I only found the time today. 

Here are some of the awesome press kits I received + the promos and news from your favorite brands. 

Lipsticks from SM Lipstick Festival


Girls cannot have enough lipsticks! These lipsticks are love! If you guys haven’t checked out the SM Lipstick Festival, you still have time to do so until September 28th! Get a chance to take home freebies or score discounts up to 50%! 
Quaker Oats Breakfast Kit


I always love receiving items from brands we use and consume at home! My mom’s diet is full of Quaker Oats and she is more than happy to receive this kit! I will write a separate post about the kind of breakfast I eat at home and how we eat Quaker Oats! 
Beyond the Box Comic Book Compilation


Beyond the Box continues to pursue their mission of inspiring creativity through modern technology. The brand recently published a unique comic book compilation in collaboration with graphic designer Dan Matutina and some of country’s foremost comic book artists – Harvey Tolibao, Manix Abrera and Mervin Malonzo.

About the Artists

Harvey Tolibao was the son of the proverbial “starving artist” who refused to allow his children fall into the same fate. Fortunately for the rest of the world, Tolibao inherited his father’s love for art and pursued it with enviable passion. After working several jobs for many years, Tolibao knew that his heart belonged to the comic world. “I would draw on tissue, on the backs of paper plates and McDonalds, Jollibee… I drew on everything,” he shared.

He finally started his career in 2006, by pencilling and inking the 12 th issue of Dark Horse Comics’ Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. He has also penciled and inked Iron Man: Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. Annual for Marvel in 2008. Today, Tolibao is a cover artist at Zenescope Entertainment, a comic book artist at IDW Publishing, an artist at Nautilus Comics, and a cover artist for DC Comics with covers for Green Arrow DC 52, Green Lantern Movie Prequen Sinestro, and Green Lantern New Guardians.

Filipinos have the uncanny ability to find humor in even the hardest of times, and Manuel “Manix” Abrera gets that. Best known for Kikomachine, a strip found on the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Abrera’s work tells the stories of Filipinos’ everyday adventures in a comical way. Published from Monday to Saturday, the comic is dedicated to encouraging readers to laugh off life’s problems. His life motto sings a similar tune. “When you really love what you are doing, no matter what challenges life throws at you, you pursue it,” he says emphatically. His work has appeared in ten compilations published by Visprint and his webcomic News Hardcore! appears weekly on GMA News Online. He also has silent comic/graphic novels titled “12” and “14”.

Mervin Malonzo is jack-of- all trades, master of all. He is a freelance designer and cartoonist who dabbles in illustration, video & animation, print, and comics. But comic art has a special place in his heart. “Comics are different from other art forms—they have their own unique language that you can play around with,” he confides. Malonzo is known for writing and drawing the National Book Award-winning comic TABI PO, a graphic novel about Filipino horror culture and folkore. He has also collaborated with writer Adam David on another title called ANG SUBERSIBO, a comic adaptation of Jose Rizal’s Noli MeTangere and El Filibusterismo.

I am so excited to be holding this limited edition book – BEYOND which is created using iPAD pro! I am envious of people who have talent at drawing and sketching. My 11 year old niece is gifted with such talent and I heard she even creates comic books. 🙂

Cheers to this amazing project Beyond the Box. Get this book in stores while supplies last!

BLK 513 Private Taste Test Invitation


One of the cutest and healthiest invites I received! Yes, BLK513 has finally opened in SM North EDSA. Check out the Private Taste Testing + my thoughts on their Dark Skim Cup!

#BringOuttheSwag Event Invitation with Paolo Avelino


Nope. I didn’t receive Paolo Avelino in the mail. I missed the event too. But if you guys got curious what went down during the event, check out the hashtag #BringOutTheSwag
Thank you for the invite Havas Ortega!

#PiattosTime Kit

The new Roast Beef Piattos is really good!

Pangkabuhayan Showcase indeed! Thank you for always sending me my favorite snacks Jack n Jill! I didn’t need to include the name to know it is from Piattos! I just have to look at the shape of the box!

Here’s the fun part, Piattos is giving us a chance to win Go Pro Camera and a trip to Southeast Asian Country for two – Bali, Hong Kong or Bangkok.

All you need to do is upload a 15-30 second video entry showing how you level up the Piattos Time. The video should be uploaded on your personal social media account – Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram with hashtag #PiattosTime with a short description.

Check out for rmore information. You have until November 16, 2016 to join!

Thank you once again to our PR friends, partners and brands! Keep the #bloggermail full and coming!

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