Teacher Eats: Have Locally-good Chocolates this Christmas with Hiraya Artisan Chocolates

Taking local Chocolates to the next level this Christmas. As Hiraya Artisan Chocolates is now available to get your chocolate cravings locally-good. HIRAYA is an ancient Filipino word which means “the fruit of one’s hopes, dreams, and aspirations.” This Filipino bean-to-bar chocolate came from a company who sources cacao directly from local farmers, following sustainable, socially conscious practices, and fair trade principles to the country. 

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The mission, more than giving locally-good chocolates to people, is to improve the lives of our cacao farmer communities through direct and fair trade. Which as to date, they have one (1) community composed of 58 farmers in Brgy. Malabog, Davao City. Their vision is to produce a strong brand of fine quality chocolate and chocolate products. This makes them very locally-good. 



Hiraya Chocolates


  • 72% Dark Chocolate Single-Origin Davao (85g)
    * Flavor Profile: fruity with just a slight hint of bitterness
    * 100% locally sourced ingredients, all-natural, hand harvested cacao
    * No preservatives, no additives, no artificial flavors, suitable for vegans
    * SRP: PHP180.00
  • Hiraya x Kalsada Chocolate Bar with Coffee Nibs (70g)
    * Flavor Profile: strong and robust coffee notes
    * Featuring premium coffee beans sourced from the highlands of Sitio Belis, Benguet Province
    * Collaboration with Kalsada Coffee—a social enterprise
    based in Manila and Seattle that promotes specialty coffee from the Philippines
    * SRP: PHP200.00

To a locally-good chocolates for Christmas, there’s no better way to have it than have it with Hiraya Chocolates.  


Contact them at: 
 Office c/o Roots Katipunan Unit 106 FBR Arcade Bldg.,
317 Katipunan Avenue Loyola Heights, Quezon City
Mobile: Arvin Peralta 0917-8511685
Email: hirayachocolates@gmail.com
Online: www.hirayachocolates.com
Social Media
instagram @hirayachocolates

Teacher Insights: Make Lifestyle Update with the new LG InstaViewTM Door-in-Door

Entertaining comes easy with the right technological products. This holiday season, make sure to enlist the right refrigerator that will transform you into the best host; the LG InstaViewTM Door-in-Door® (DID), party planning and entertaining becomes easy. With a state-of-the-art mirrored glass panel, checking the fridge for ingredients that you have to buy at the grocery is as easy as taking a peek.


You only have to knock twice to see inside the easy access compartment without ever opening the door, reducing cold air loss to help keep food fresher .

longer. The LG InstaViewTM DID® is also equipped with the SpaceplusTM Ice System. The door-mounted slim icemaker provides 20% more storage space, so you don’t have to lose your cool about running out of ice during a party. Furthermore, fresh produce stays fresh longer with the Moist Balance CrisperTM.

Specially designed by LG, the Moist Balance CrisperTM is an innovative lattice-patterned box cover, which maintains the moisture in the food and vegetable section at the optimal level. This way, impromptu dinner parties can be hassle free. For more information about the LG InstaViewTM Door-in-Door®, please visit http://www.lg.com/ph/refrigerators/.

Teacher Insights: OPPO supports Miss Possibilities in stopping the use of the “R” Word

Miss Possibilities, the first pageant in Asia for children with special needs, just recently crowned Miss Possibilities 2017 Jennica Garcia. Despite having cerebral palsy, this did not stop Jennica in achieving her dreams by finishing a degree in Finance Accounting and passing the teacher’s licensure exam. OPPO fully supports the Miss Possibilities Foundation in its aim to raise awareness for equal treatment. One of their strong advocacies is to end the use of the “R” word due to its defamatory and ­­­­unethical meaning.

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The pageant is in its 3rd installment since 2015, and it has become a tradition for the special needs community to gather together for one special night to celebrate their achievements, talents, and importance to the society. With its core theme “Beauty Knows No Boundaries”, it also featured the overwhelming support of influential celebrities who joined the special fashion show with children from the special needs community in their French themed outfits.

OPPO Philippines supported all pageant contestants by giving them their own smartphones to enable them to capture moments and share their experiences online as they too, have the equal opportunity to explore and ­­­­experience the social media world.

“We fully support the advocacy of Miss Possibilities Foundation in giving people with special needs equal treatment in society today. The aim of ending the use of the “R” word is very admirable and should be encouraged as this is a start to having a better future for our society,” said OPPO Philippines’ PR Manager Eason de Guzman.


“Miss Possibilities Foundation gives those with special needs a platform to be celebrated without being judged or excluded because of their differences. We cherish those differences and would like to thank OPPO Philippines for doing the same. Thank you to OPPO Philippines for making this opportunity and experience possible for people with special needs and their families,” said Suzanna Yuzon, Founder and President of Miss Possibilities Foundation.

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Miss Possibilities will continue their advocacy in 2018 with more medical missions, workshops, and other programs for families with special needs. To show your support, you may go to their official Facebook page facebook.com/misspossibilitiesph and personally message for donations, volunteerism, or any gesture of help.

For more exciting updates, you may also visit the OPPO Philippines’ Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/OPPOPH/­

Teacher Eats: Make your Christmas Celebration Ideally Good with Marriott Hotel Manila

The festive season at Marriott Manila this year is nothing like you have ever seen or tasted before. Expect bizarre indulgences to be out of the ordinary. ‘Tis the time to tickle your imaginations and appetites as Marriott takes the Yuletide cheers to a world of fantasy.

Let it Snow Sweets & Treats

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Chocolate Santa carvings made out of 100% Swiss chocolates.

Are you dreaming of a chocolatey, sweet and nutty Christmas? Marriott Café Bakery glistens with a bunch of decadent chocolates, cakes and more. Much loved holiday goodies get a retro-futuristic twist, inspired by the steampunk culture, that are available starting November 6. 

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Banana Load with walnuts, Harvey Bristol infused Fruit Cake and Cinnamon Raisin Bread.

Freshly baked pastries come in an assortment to go with the cold BER months: Marriott’s signature Banana Loaf with walnuts (Php200), Cinnamon Raisin Bread (Php200), and traditional Fruit Cake infused with Harvey Bristol Cream Sherry wine (Php550). Travel through taste with delicacies from other countries such as the Scottish Dundee Fruit Cake (Php300), the German Stollen Bread (Php500), and French Madeleines (Php 300/6 pcs). Every sweet tooth will be in for a treat over the luscious bundles of Macarons (Php1,200/24pcs, Php700/12 pcs, Php370/6pcs) and Chocolate-coated Marshmallows in vanilla, strawberry and pistachio flavors (Php 350/6pcs). Gingerbreads get funkier with red velvet flavoring; enjoy either a stylish 60-gram Gingerbread man (Php65) or 715-gram Gingerbread Chalet (Php 780).

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Quella Chocoalte Mousse.
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Red Orange Hazelnut

Best news of the season is how Marriott makes chocolates for everyone. From Vegan Bars (Php350) to healthy bars like Coconut and Mango Bars (Php 320) and nut-load Mendiants (Php 350/6pcs), there’s definitely an excuse to devour chocolates. Using the finest Swiss chocolates, these holiday characters are hard to resist: Santa on Sleigh (Php350), Big Belly Santa (Php330) and Snowman (Php430).

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Gingerbread Chalet in classic and red velvet flavors.
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Quella Chocoalte Mousse.

Adding more sparkle to their collection are their round and log cakes with unique flavors. Included in their decadent list are Earl Grey Charlotte (Php 1,200), a cake made for royalty with earl grey tea and orange twist; Red Orange Hazelnut (Php 1,200), inspired by Santa Claus bursting with orange hazelnut and salted caramel; Quella Chocolate Mousse (Php 800), a layer of hazelnut meringue covered with luscious chocolate; and Mango Passion Vanilla Roll (Php 800), is white Christmas dream made of vanilla inside and out.

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220g Chocolate Snowman comes in milk, white and dark variants.

Be Your Own Santa

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Premium Hamper that overflows with spiced walnuts, mango chocolate bars, chocolate santa, gingerbread man, banana load walnuts, assorted cookies, parmesan cheese, Dilmah tea bags, signature spice from Cru Steakhouse, and a bottle of Canyon Road red wine.

Marriott Manila makes gift-giving this season easier and fancier. Prepare that nice list, and think twice, because these Marriott hampers are creatively designed to covet this season. It comes in two sizes. Premium Hamper for Php 3,988 is overflowing with spiced walnuts, mango chocolate bars, chocolate santa, gingerbread man, banana load walnuts, assorted cookies, parmesan cheese, Dilmah tea bags, signature spice from Cru Steakhouse, and a bottle of Canyon Road red wine.

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Deluxe Hamper that overflows with assorted cookies (6pcs), red velvet gingerbread man (3pcs), big belly chocolate Santa, dilmah tea box, holiday madeleins (6pcs), cinnamon raisin bread, coconut chocolate bar and pickled lady chili finger.

Deluxe Hamper for Php 2,500 is packed with cookies, red velvet gingerbread man, chocolate santa, madeleines, cinnamon raisin bread, coconut chocolate bar, pickled lady chili finger dip, and Dilmah tea box.

Feast to Impress

It’s the season of endless festivities and parties, at home and at work. Skip the preparation hassle and bring magic easily to your tables with gourmet foods to-go that are complete with appetizers and desserts. All you have to do is pick from either Smoked Bone-in Ham or Whole Roasted Turkey.

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Smoked Bone-in Ham (7kg) with sidings: thyme roasted baby potatoes, organic market vegetable medley, baked potato provencal, and creamy potato and bacon salad, garlic gravy and pineapple sauces, and homemade apple and pumpkin pies.

The 7-kg Smoked Bone-in Ham worth Php 5,500 comes with a kilo of thyme roasted baby potatoes, medley of organic vegetables (young corn, green beans, carrots and cauliflower), baked potato provencal, duo of creamy potato salad, and sauce options of mushroom gravy or pineapple. Plus, two delectable apple and pumpkin pies.

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Whole Roasted Turkey (6kg) with sidings: kilo of buttery whipped potatoes, medley of organic vegetables, Brussel sprouts with bacon, wild mushroom and pine nut rice pilaf, duo of penne and sundried tomato salad, pecan and pumpkin pies, and cranberry and mushroom gravy sauces.

Meanwhile, the 6-kg Whole Roasted Turkey for Php 6,500 includes a kilo of buttery whipped potatoes, medley of organic vegetables, Brussel sprouts with bacon, wild mushroom and pine nut rice pilaf, duo of penne and sundried tomato salad.  It comes with pecan and pumpkin pies, and cranberry and mushroom gravy sauces. This is how you host a stylish feast the Marriott way.

On Christmas Day

Holidays are meant to be spent with loved ones.  The merriment begins with a sumptuous dinner buffet on Thanksgiving Day, November 24, for Php 2,950. Indulge on a hearty brunch on all Sundays of December for Php 2,600 (11:30am to 3pm). Wake up to a worry-free Christmas Day by bringing your celebrations at Marriott Manila as well. Have an exceptional Christmas Eve dinner buffet for Php 2,950 (6pm to 10:30pm) and Noche Buena Buffet for Php 1,650 (11:30pm to 1:00am).

Your Home for the Holidays

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West Wing Premium Room with balcony.

Embrace the spirit of Christmas by spending priceless time with family and friends while basking on Marriott’s 5-star facilities. Starting December 9 to 30, you may already avail of their Holiday Room Package for Php 12,888++ inclusive of overnight accommodation in a deluxe room, breakfast buffet for 2 persons and Php 3,000 dining credits that can be used in any of their outlet or purchase goodies from their Christmas Train. Upgrade your room to their new Premium Room at the West Wing for only Php 1,000 or Premium with balcony for Php 2,000.

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Holiday pastry traditions: gingerbread man in classic and red velvet flavors, and madeleines.

For more information on Marriott’s Christmas offers please call 988 9999 or visit www.manilamarriott.com. To join ongoing conversations, like Facebook.com/MarriottHotelManila, follow @marriottmanila on Twitter and @manilamarriott on Instagram.

Teacher Beauty Finds: Have A Wonderful and Beautiful Christmas at SvelT’i’s

It’s Christmas time and you know what it means: STRESS CAN BE ALL AROUND. Shopping frenzy, Metro Manila traffic and all events you need to attend, what more can stress you more. With all of these, it might take its toll on your skin, it might ruin your health also.