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Reyna ng Aliwan Press Conference | Press Release


 MANILA: 23 April 2015 – Hotel Jen Manila hosted the recently concluded press conference for the Reyna ng Aliwan Pageant finalists. The Festival Queen Competition is one of the attractions in the Aliwan Fiesta 2015 at CCP Complex, Manila. The Aliwan Fiesta is now on its 13th year and is presented by the Manila Broadcasting Company and the Cultural Center of the Philippines, in cooperation with the Cities of Manila and Pasay. Over 5,000 delegates from various regions will showcase Filipino design and craftsmanship.

Recently rebranded as Hotel Jen Manila, the Traders Hotel Manila is the first to welcome the Hotel Jen brand in the Philippines. Catering to a new ‘Jeneration’ of independently minded business and leisure travellers, the brand has launched ten Hotel Jens in major cities in the Asia Pacific.

HJM_Reyna ng Aliwan Press Con

Mr. Edward Kollmer, General Manager of Hotel Jen Manila and Mr. Ruperto S. Nicdao, Jr., President of the Manila Broadcasting Company together with the 21 Reyna ng Aliwan Pageant finalists.

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The 21 finalists of Reyna ng Aliwan Pageant.

HJM_Reyna ng Aliwan Press Con (2)

Mr. Edward Kollmer, General Manager of Hotel Jen Manila and Mr. Ruperto S. Nicdao, Jr., President of the Manila Broadcasting Company together with the 21 Reyna ng Aliwan Pageant finalists.

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Hotel Jen Manila’s colleagues with the 21 Reyna ng Aliwan Pageant finalists.

Hotel Jen Manila Welcomes New General Manager | Press Release



 MANILA: 27 April 2015 – Hotel Jen Manila (formerly Traders Hotel, Manila) is pleased to announce the appointment of Edward Kollmer as the hotel’s new General Manager. Mr. Kollmer is responsible for overseeing the entire hotel’s day-to-day operations. With a wealth of over a decade of hospitality experience, he brings a tactical approach to revenue management and operational excellence for the recently rebranded hotel.

His passion and drive to achieve excellence in operations and progress in business development continues to inspire the team to embrace the values and vision of Hotel Jen and live Jen’s dream for guests which is to start with anticipation and end on a high.

Prior to his appointment, Mr. Kollmer was the General Manager of Thistle Johor Bahru in Malaysia for three years. He also worked as a General Manager for Thistle the Royal Trafalgar Hotel, Grosvenor Hotel, Thistle Marble Arch in London and Holiday Inn Rochester UK.

An Irish national, Mr. Kollmer graduated from Shannon College of Hotel Management and completed his master’s degree from the University of Buckingham in the United Kingdom.

Located on Roxas Boulevard, Hotel Jen is just about 20 minutes away from the international and domestic airports and it’s 30 minutes away to the Makati Business District. Just next door are the country’s premier conference and exhibition facilities: the Cultural Center of the Philippines, Philippine International Convention Center, World Trade Center and SMX Convention Center. But life should never be all work and no play—Malate, the entertainment district is only a short walk away.

For inquiries, please call (632) 795 8888. Visit  In the social media channels, Hotel Jen Manila is on Facebook (/HotelJenManila), Twitter (@HotelJenManila) and Instagram (@hoteljenmanila).

Hotel Jen Manila’s General Manager, Mr. Edward Kollmer


Hotel Jen Manila’s General Manager, Mr. Edward Kollmer


Eat Your Peas, Love Your Lentils

For some people, the most interesting thing that they remember about peas is in one scene of

Cartoon Network’s animated series, The Powerpuff Girls. In this early episode, Supper Villain shown in

1999, the new next-door neighbors are invited to the girls’ for dinner. The neighbor, Harold, then

orders, “Eat your pea, Professor!” in what now is one of the most famous – and funniest – scenes of The

Powerpuff Girls. It is a memorable scene because The Professor, a grown man, tried in an excruciating

way to eat and swallow one small pea.

A lack of information makes peas much maligned and there is much to clear about them. Like

The Professor, there are people who find it difficult to eat their vegetables. But unknown to many, peas

(and lentils) are two of the healthiest foods on the planet. They may be small in size, but they are a

powerhouse when it comes to diet and nutrition.

Dried peas, lentils, and chickpeas are called ‘pulses’. These are their seeds and members of the

legume family that are packed with protein, fiber, anti-oxidants, calcium, and iron. According to the US

Dry Pea and Lentil Council of the USDA, pulses are everything on one plate: they deliver great flavor

that’s not only nutrient-dense, but also gluten-free with low allergen and low glycemic responses. They

are one of the greatest additions to any diet, but especially for those who are diabetic, those who have

heart problems, and those who are trying to lose weight.


Legumes use nitrogen from the atmosphere to make protein. They are a valuable equivalent to

animal protein but have the added benefit of being low in fat and less in calories. In comparison, a 6 oz.

cut of steak provides 40 g of protein, but also 38 g of fat (14 g saturated fat) while a cup of cooked lentils

gives 18 g of protein and only 1 g of fat. This is not surprising, considering lentils are the third-highest

sources of protein, by weight, of any legume or nut (next only to soybeans and hemp).

Protein is an important cell builder of the body. It is crucial in building muscle and tissue, the

parts of your body you need to move and lead an active lifestyle. When choosing sources of protein, it is

essential to select lean, nutrient-dense food like beans, nuts, and whole grains. Dried peas and lentils

are available everywhere, any time of the year, and so offer one of the most inexpensive sources of



Fiber is important because it helps clean out one’s digestive system. Along with an adequate

intake of liquids, fiber flushes out unwanted toxins from the body. Soluble or dietary fiber reduces the

risk of developing many diseases and conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and constipation. And

because fiber-rich foods fill one up quickly, there are less calories consumed.

Fiber is found mainly in legumes, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. The more you eat, and the

more active you are, the more you need fiber. Here are the recommendations for adults of the Institute

of Medicine regarding daily fiber intake:

Age 50 or younger: 

Men 38 grams

Women 25 grams

Age 51 or older:

Men: 30 grams

Women: 21 grams

*Institute of Medicine, 2012 

Peas and lentils provide one of the highest amounts of fiber. A cup of cooked split peas gives

16.3 g of fiber, while a cup of cooked lentils has 15.6 g of fiber. To compare, the traditional source of

fiber, cooked oatmeal, contains 4 g of fiber.


Peas and lentils like beans and other legumes are rich in phytochemicals. These antioxidants

help in defending the body against the effects of free radicals, and slow down aging and breakdown of

body processes. Studies show that a diet high in antioxidants from fruits and vegetables is linked to a

reduced risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease.


These are just a few of the health benefits from consuming peas and lentils. Considering how

small they are, it is easy to dismiss them as a good source of nutrients but studies from all over the

world show that peas and lentils are two of the healthiest foods one can eat.

In the Philippines, Easycook brand of US No. 1 grade peas, lentils, and beans are the highest

grade. These are best in quality – they have bright uniform color, uniform size (for even cooking), and

have no visible defects like cracked seed coats and foreign materials. In other words, the more uniform

the color and size, the higher their grade will be. They meet specifications and standards set by the

USDA for both growers and consumers, and for local and international consumption, and these US No. 1

grade peas and lentils are the only ones provided by Easycook.

Easycook peas, lentils, and beans are what Filipinos need for a fit and healthy lifestyle as they

are rich in protein, fiber, antioxidants, folate (iron), and calcium. Easycook variants include yellow and

green split peas, lentils, great Northern beans, pinto beans, and light red kidney beans and are available

in leading supermarkets like SM, Shopwise, Rustan’s, Landmark and Cash & Carry.

On December 21, 2013, recipes creatively using peas and lentils were demonstrated by Filipino

master chef Ojie Reloj at a media event. Chef Ojie is an architect by trade so he knows to meld function

and beauty while emphasizing the importance of using local resources, which he also does in his

cooking. Some of the recipes he loves include Lentils a la Mongo (prepared the same way as mongo,

using lentils as a healthy mongo replacement), Lentils or yellow split peas empanaditas, and Lentils and

Pesto Macaroni Soup.

Because of their high nutrient content, peas and lentils are recommended for everyone. They

are the smart alternatives for a healthy and robust lifestyle. This is one of the best health advices: eat

your peas, love your lentils!

Easycook peas, lentils, and beans are distributed in the Philippines by Ideal Macaroni and

Spaghetti Factory Inc. For more information, please go to their website