Saturday, December 7, 2019

Cultivate a Love for Reading this Christmas

Stuck for present ideas this Christmas season? I have discovered stacks of enthralling stories for the festive season as well as books featuring the works of renowned National Artist for Painting, Benedicto Cabrera--better known as BenCab through awesome concept coloring books, writing, and spot the difference activities, finger puppet and paper doll dress up. These are sold by CANVAS (Center for Art, New Ventures and Sustainable Development. They have an array of selections by age or by child's interest.

I read once that a child who reads is a child that leads. Encourage a love for reading in every child. Help your child to know sounds, words and language, and develop early literacy skills. Learn to value books and stories. Spark a child's imagination and stimulate curiosity. By gifting a child with books, you help a child's brain, develop his or her social and communication skills. 

CANVAS also has specific story books geared towards those 9-12 years olds. They even have something for the adults too. Art aficionados will be happy to note they also have titles which they can add to their personal collections. Multi-awarded writer and Philstar Columnist, Butch Dalisay has his book called "Why Words Matter," his reflection is complemented by lyrical artist Marcel Antonio. "Nadia and the Blue Stars" is about a tale of hope and has been used for psychosocial therapy to help children who were forced to flee their homes, either by man-made conflict or by natural calamities and how they dealt with the trauma. There's also "Ang Aklatang Pusa" written by Palanca Hall of Famer Eugene Evasco with artworks by award-winning painter and sculptor, Jared Yokte.

Aside from books, you can also find cards, journals, fans, notepads, art magnets and limited edition art prints, and stickers to collect at CANVAS' online store where you will surely find something that will catch your fancy because they truly have something for everybody. You can avoid the hassle of Christmas shopping at the comfort of your homes with just a few clicks on your mouse. All you need to do is to log in to to get these exciting products. 

You may even request for personalized and customized items for corporate gifts, all you need to do is order ahead of time and order by bulk so that they can accommodate your requests. 

The best part about buying books here? For every purchase of an activity book, two copies will be donated and given to underprivileged children. I mean, how good is that? You have given more opportunity for children to learn through reading as well as help others through sustainable living. The more you buy, the bigger contribution you would have in inspiring children to learn to love reading. 

Other interesting books worth mentioning are "RizalPabeto," a published book in celebration of Rizal's 150th birth anniversary. It is a collection of award-winning poet, fictionist, playwright, and essayist Vim Nadera's poems about our National Hero, Rizal. Using the letters of the Alphabet, he wrote a poem on each letter while the graphics are interpreted by prominent contemporary painter, Elmer Borlongan in the tradition of letras y figuras.

CANVAS makes beautiful artwork from waste materials by upcycling them. Discarded old tarpaulins are given a new lease on life and re ncarnated them into wonderful new products such as this tarpaulin bags. 

Upcycling, in case you don't know is the creative process in which one transforms by-products m waste materials, useless, or unwanted products into new materials or products of better quality and environmental value. Meanwhile, recycled art is a creative work that's made from discarded materials that once had another purpose. Artists who make recycled art take those materials and make em into something new. 

And here's the good news for online shoppers of the said site: Because  it's Christmas, the website is running a seasonal promo of Buy-One-Take-One on books if you use the discount code: L4JPASKO2019 before you check out. Isn't that a good deal? Since it's the season of gving, what better way to buy more so that you'd be able to give more without spending as much. The more you buy, the more you are also helping CANVAS with their advocacy, thereby making a huge contribution to the "One Million Books for One Million Filipino Children" campaign of the organization which aims to inspire children to develop a love for reading. 

The brainchild of this project is the non-profit organization CANVAS which has produced 30 titles since year 2005. "When companies and individuals buy from us, they are also helping us with our advocacy," says Gigo Alampay, CANVAS Founder and Executive Director. To date, they have given away more than 250,000 books to communities from Ifugao to Basilan. 

So far, they have partnered with both individuals and organizations who work directly in the field and with communities all over the country. They make it possible to reach as many kids and give books in all corners of the Philippines. Communities visited by horrific disasters, both natural (such as Typhoon Yolanda) and caused by man (like the conflict in Zamboanga) are some of the beneficiaries of this initiatives," shares Alampay.

So what are you waiting for? Start shopping and help spread the love for reading while saving both time and money as you make your shopping online with these awesome and one-of-a-kind products. Take advantage of the discount code we've given you above, 😉😍

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Build your family an affordable but better home in Bellavita

Growing up in an extended family feels good but just like all of the things in the world, it also has its downside. I grew up in a house with my family, my grandma, grandpa, my cousins, my aunt and my uncle in law. Yes, we are an extended family. At a young age, my mother got pregnant with me. My father, which was then a college student at that time has no investment, yet. By the time I came into this world is the best time of their life but then, the problem is, where will my family live? My aunt, the breadwinner of their family, which has no established family by that time, offered my parents to live with her together with grandpa and grandma.

Yes, the extended family feels good. You always have your family together in one place but as to what I have experienced, you will never have your own space. That is why I worked hard to buy a house so that my own built family will never have to experience that, especially my children. 

Then, with just one click away at, we have found an affordable house and lot where my family will surely create memories. The one that will surely fit me and my husband's lifestyle and income.

With Bellavita, you will never regret anything. From security to transportation accessibility, they got it here. And I am proud to say that investing in Bellavita will always be one of the best decisions my husband and I have ever made in our family.

Monday, December 2, 2019

The importance of having a travel insurance for Schengen Visa Holders in the Philippines

Traveling abroad may seem pretty daunting. But more so if you'd be traveling in a country which requires to get you a visa. Acquiring a visa especially if it's a Schengen Visa (if you're interested to go to any part of Europe) may require much from you. Buying insurance for an international travel is critical. Most people might ask, "Is it really something that we need?" "Is it really worth it?" You may sound skeptical about its importance. 

There are many types of insurance plans available in the market today.  As a traveler, you have to make sure the ones you'd be having fits you to a T. You have to consider a lot of factors in order for you to understand before you make a purchase. 

How expensive it is to have a travel insurance? It actually depends upon the insurance company you choose but the average rate of premiums range from 50 Euro to 55 Euro [that's roughly Php3000 and above] for the Php2.5Million insurance coverage. 

Schengen visa

Friday, November 29, 2019

#SpeakOutListenUp: Avon Philippines empowers women against gender-based violence

Violence against women
Gender-based violence (GBV) or violence against women and girls (VAWG), is a global pandemic that affects 1 in 3 women in their lifetime.
The numbers are staggering:
  • 35% of women worldwide have experienced either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence.
  • Globally, 7% of women have been sexually assaulted by someone other than a partner.
  • Globally, as many as 38% of murders of women are committed by an intimate partner.
  • 200 million women have experienced female genital mutilation/cutting.
Unfortunately, the Philippines is said to be one of the most dangerous places for women in Asia. Rape happens every 72 minutes, and at least 1 in 20 women aged  15 to 49 experienced sexual violence. Of all Filipinas who have been harassed, half of them took it and seemed to have accepted them as it is. It's such a grim that reality stories such as these are oftentimes ignored, ridiculed or discredited. 

An initiative by the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts in partnership with Avon Philippines shows 16 Days of Activism where for 16 days, orange has been chosen as a symbol of a brighter future where women won't fear violence in their own homes, streets or online. The said color shows solidarity with women all around the globe. Avon is going orange across its social media platforms starting November 25 (UN's International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) to December 10 (Human Right's Day).

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Bioessence Celebrates 25th Anniversary with Gatsby Themed Party

Bioessence  at 25
The country's leading non-invasive skin care center recently celebrated its 25th year anniversary with a Gatsby themed party held at the Cities Events Place in Quezon City. Known for its skin care, slimming and spa services for Filipinos, Bioessence started from a very humble town of Marfori in Davao City by a renowned dermatologist Dr. Emma Beleno back in 1994. 

Here, let Dr. Emma Beleno share with you how her small skin care business started small and grew bigger  through all these years with her and her team's hardwork and perseverance. 

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