Third season of Food Hero set to raise the bar in 2016!

Asian Food Channel and Food Network’s hunt for the next food host is expected to draw fierce competition across Asia-Pacific 

The digitally-enabled competition expects to surpass past seasons’ participation numbers and increase engagement among food lovers in the region

Come 23rd May, the search for the region’s best home cook and host kicks off in Asia as Food Hero returns in its third season. Building upon the momentum and success from previous seasons, the digitally-enabled competition will look to crown one winner who will go on to host his or her own Asian Food Channel and/or Food Network programme.

“As the leader in lifestyle programming with two dedicated regional channels focused on food, we are always looking to grow our pool of on-air and digital talent. Continuing the Food Hero competition is not only a great platform to uncover fresh talent, it is also a great way for our viewers to connect over the common passion point around the love for food,” said Carl Zuzarte, Senior Vice President of Programming and Production at Scripps Networks Interactive, Asia-Pacific.

Food Hero 2016 – 5 Simple Steps to Participate! 

  1. From 23 May onwards, interested participants can download the Food Hero mobile app from either App Store (on Apple) or Google Play (on Android).
  2. After downloading, participants will be prompted to register their information to sign in.
  3. The mobile app provides instructional videos and tips on how to shoot and submit a winning entry. Participants can also draw inspiration from various recipes from past contestants and watch previous Food Hero winners share their food story.
  4. Participants can record their entry that best demonstrates their cooking and hosting skills.
  5. They can then upload their video entry and also view submissions by other participants.

Food Hero S3 Infographic_PH

Upon closing of competition on 21st August (three months period to submit entries), a panel comprising of production and creative experts will evaluate the entries based on the participant’s personality, on-screen appeal and their creativity in producing original and engaging content. Top entries will be shortlisted to participate in a series of culinary and travel-related challenges to better evaluate them in ‘live’ scenarios.

Last year, Ili Sulaiman from Malaysia and Debbie Wong from Hong Kong overcame fierce competition and was crowned Food Hero 2015 champions, joining the likes of TV hosts Sarah Benjamin (Singapore) and Michele Lean (Malaysia) who won the first edition of the competition.

“The moment I realized I wanted to make a career out of food was probably when I saw Martin Yan on TV and I remember thinking that’s exactly what I want to be. Someone who’s passionate about food and sharing their food story with the world,” said Wong, who has since hosted a number of Food Network productions like Food Wars Asia Season 2 and Kitchen Quickies.

“I took part the first time around and I didn’t get through but being the winner for Food Hero last year has opened many doors for me and given me the confidence to host my own shows and better run my own establishment,” said Sulaiman who owns ‘DISH by Ili’, a food delivery service providing wholesome and nutritious meals in Malaysia.

Starting today, interested participants can visit and sign up for the Food Hero mailing list to receive the latest updates and exclusive content leading up to the competition.



Kix “R U Tough Enough?”

KIX and Daniel Matsunaga want to know:  R U Tough Enough?  If you think you are, then time is running out on your best chance to prove it.  KIX is currently recruiting tough Filipinos to participate in a one of a kind competition to find the toughest Filipino of all in “KIX R U Tough Enough?”.

KIX RUTE Support Photo

The Contest is open to all legal residents of the Philippines, males and females aged 18 years old and above who exude toughness – physically strength, mental endurance and emotional resilience.

To join the contest, entrants must first apply online at Those interested have until August 07, 2015 to apply.  Shortlisted participants will be invited for a closed-door audition on August 16 which will determine 10 finalists who will compete in a final showdown at SM Megamall on September 5, 2015.

The final showdown is an obstacle course with challenges that will test each contestant both physically and mentally. Out of the 10 finalists, only one man or woman will walk away with the title of “The Toughest Pinoy” and the grand prize of PHP 250,000.

RUTE is co-sponsored by Fisherman’s Friend, supporting partners SM Megamall, SM North EDSA, Gold’s Gym, FHM, Mellow 94.7, Men’s Health, Beer Below Zero, Columbia Sportswear, Mountain Hardwear, National Book Store, Pacific Xtreme Combat and Pilipinas 911; official media partners are Skycable, Cablelink, Destiny and Cignal.

Details and the terms and conditions of the competition can be found on the contest website  You can also follow the competition via KIX’s social media accounts on Facebook:, Twitter:@KIXAsia, and Instagram:@KIXAsia.

KIX is available on Skycable Ch.63, Cablelink Ch.220, Destiny Cable Ch.10 and Cignal Ch. 133.

Per DTI-FTEB SPD Permit No. 8060 Series of 2015. 

About Kix:

KIX is the ultimate destination for action entertainment in Asia. KIX offers action fans a high-octane blend of programs including sports, blockbuster action movies, hit action series and cutting-edge reality shows. With first and exclusive premieres every month, KIX guarantees you non-stop adrenaline-pumping entertainment. So get into the action with KIX!   

153 Tween Girls joined Total Girl Model Academy 2015

Total Girl Philippines, the first and only lifestyle magazine for tween girls, successfully staged the 2015 Total Girl Model Academy on April 19, 2015 at the Glorietta Activity Center, Palm Drive, where aspiring young models, ages 8 to 13, went through a series of workshops before the go-see finale.

The hopeful participants received a passport upon entering the venue, which guided them through the different stages.  Each stage was led by professional mentors who helped them hone their styling and modelling skills.


1st Stage:


Styling Studio where they discovered their own style, with the help of Raizel Dy, a fashion stylist and make-up artist who worked in some of the country’s fashion magazines.

2nd Stage:

Participants proceeded to the catwalk class where they flaunted their styles through ramp modelling, proper posture, and personality coaching with Ning Corteza, an instructor of runway modelling, imaging, and visual posing.

3rd Stage:

They learned basic camera posing where they found their best angle with the help of Photography Coach Heidi Aquende, a commercial and editorial photographer.

4th Stage:

Aspiring models were given a chance to practice what they learned from the previous stages. The photo booth produced “comp cards,” otherwise known as model’s set cards, for participants to take home as souvenirs.

5th Stage:

The final test of this event: the go-see. Here they applied to everything that they’ve learned from the entire workshop, in front of a panel of judges.

From more than 100 young hopefuls, the editorial team of Total Girl will choose 10 winners to be featured in Total Girl’s September 2015 Fashion and Beauty issue. Aside from being featured, the winners will also get special prizes from the sponsors. Though the winners were not yet announced on the event itself, they will be contacted by the Total Girl team in the following days.

Total Girl Model Academy is a great opportunity to empower young girls to live their best tween lives ever- being confident, cool, and fun! This is definitely one memorable summer experience for all who joined as they learned, stylish ideas that would help them shine bright.

For updates on the Total Girl Magazine, like on Facebook and follow @TotalGirlPH on Instagram. Total Girl is available on newsstands and in bookstores, convenience stores, and supermarkets nationwide. A digital edition is available for download through Apple Newsstand, Buqo, and Zinio. For more details, visit


Summit Media is the largest magazine publishing company in the Philippines, with more than 20 titles under its belt to cater to individuals with different lifestyles, attitudes, and passions: Candy, Cosmopolitan, Disney Junior, Disney Princess, Elle Decoration, Entrepreneur, Esquire, FHM, Good Housekeeping, K-Zone, Men’s Health, Preview, Real Living, Smart Parenting, Sparkling, Top Gear, Total Girl, Town & Country, YES!, and YUMMY. Summit Media, for the 9th year in a row topped the nationwide TNS-Trends Newsstand Survey conducted in 2014. Summit Media titles led in all their respective categories, making Summit Media the leading consumer magazine publisher in the Philippines not just in terms of number of titles and advertising sales, but in circulation per category as well. By creating magazines and platforms that are relevant, affordable, and of world-class standards,Summit Media has changed the way Filipinos read.

A feat to remember: Jolly University Grand Culinary Challenge

Participating in a culinary competition against other schools is definitely something students, who aspire to be a cut above the rest, is sure to remember.

A learning program by Jolly, one of the leading brands in canned fruits and vegetables, Jolly University encourages students to LEARN essential industry skills, CREATE career milestones, and SHARE inspiring values with others.  Already in its second year, Jolly University includes a series of School Tours and intra-school competitions, a weekend Boot Camp, and the culminating activity, Jolly University Grand Culinary Challenge which happens today at Midtown Atrium, Robinson’s Place Manila.

The twelve teams of Jolly University Elites will compete against each other in a live Grand Culinary Challenge where they will come up with the best dishes using JOLLY products that can be an actual food business start-up.  These dishes are supported with a business proposal which they created during the Jolly University Boot Camp.

Today’s Jolly University Grand Culinary Challege judges include renowned Chef Sau del Rosario, Food Magazine Editor-in-chief Nana Ozaeta, and Fly Ace Marketing Manager Theresa.  The criteria for judging will be based on Product Output 30%, Leadership and Group Dynamics 20% Presentation and Delivery 20% and Results from the Jolly University Boot Camp 30%.

The winning teams will receive cash prizes amounting to Php 15,000 for the Grand Prize winner, Php 10,000 for the 1st place winner, and Php 5,000 for the 2nd place winner.   Apart from this, winners and the participating schools will receive special prizes from Solane, Fujidenzo, Uratex, and Chef’s Classic.  The Grand Prize winner will be featured in some of the country’s best selling food magazines and will also participate in several projects with the Jolly brand including R&D and recipe development among others.


Jolly University Culinary Challenge Winners

From the recent Jolly University tour, Jolly has chosen the winners from each university to compete for the grand spot on March 7: The Jolly University Grand Culinary Challenge.  Those champions from different universities are now considered as the “Jolly University Elites”.

Here’s the complete list of the Jolly University Winners:

#1 San Sebastian College

Winning Group: San Sebastian Dream Team

Team Members: Miguel Rubio, Zen Otppus, Gia Paduada

Winning Recipes: Fruitty Oreo Smores and Pork Humba with Corn and Mushrooms

#2 Technological University of the Philippines (TUP)

Winning Group: La Winima

Team Members:  Wilnor P. Bataller Jr., Nieliza T. Beriso, Marvic A. Malenab

Winning Recipes: Jolly Seafood Rice Mix and Jolly Fruitty Custard

#3 St. Louis College Valenzuela

Winning Group: Spice Team

Team Members: Cindy Dawn Dayao, Lester Libres, Shelly Villanueva

Winning Recipes: Chicorn Pasta and Bread Cocktail

#4 Perpetual Help College of Manila

Winning Team: Jonelta Manila

Team Members: Kid Christian Santos, Charles Noel Magsino, Leslie Dianne Rilloraza

Winning Recipes: Crispy Bagnet in Creamy Mushroom and Corn Sauce and Jolly Coffee Jelly Salad

#5 Far Eastern University (FEU)

Winning Team: Team Rush

#5 Far Eastern University (FEU)

Team Members: Raymond Stewart Cailles, Rolando Mendoza II, Marvin Jake Del Rosario

Winning Recipes: Jolly PaBurrito and Peach Sansrival

#6 Universidad de Manila

Winning Team: Team Ace

Team Members: Abraham O. De Robles, Maria Rochelle P. Comandante, Denis D. Sarmiento Jr.

Winning Recipes:  Mushroom Hardinera and Maja Cake Homemade Mashed Potato

#7 Colegio de San Juan de Letran

Winning Team: TEAM and BABIES

Team Members: Ancel Jeff Beso, Cyril Jerome Manning, Queen Mary Anne Boliche

Winning Recipes: Crispy Chicken with Mushroom and Oyster sauce and Mandarin Crumble Pie

#8 Arellano University

Winning Team: SUPAH BIG TRIO

Team Members: Jessa C. Paradero, Diane Ross A. Trinidad, Romelyn M. Maron

Winning Recipes: Creamy Beef Veggie in Corn Husk and Creamy Peach

#9 La Consolacion College

Winning Team: Team Makeyatoh

Team Members: Aurelio Lacuna, Arvin Baltazar, and Dustine Aldrich Renze Furio

Winning Recipes:  BBQ Pork Tenderloin with Corn Skewer and Peach Pasta with Cheese and Strawberry Topping

#10 Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP)

Winning Team: Dream Team

Team Members: Arnel Lontac, Allen Cristofer Backong, and Bryan Jabon

Winning Recipes:  Cheesy Bacon Chicken Champ and Pav-love-a

#11 University of Santo Tomas (UST)

Winning Team: Team Epicure

Team Members: Christopher Elijah John Asiddao, Rian Wilfred Cajiles, and Monique Siguenza

Winning Recipes:  Chicken Samosas with Jolly Mixed Mushroom, Water Chestnut, Garbanzos and Cheese and withJolly Mandarin Orange Chutney and  Lychee Panna Cotta Crusted with Jolly Corn Graham Crust and Topped with Gelatin Peach

#12 National University (NU) – School Tour will be on February 27