Saturday, December 16, 2017

Edmark International launches ED2E Cashless Mobile App

Edmark International launches ED2E mobile app

Edmark International has been a pioneer multi-level marketing and a well-loved brand in the industry in their 25 years of existence. They have provided opportunities for Filipinos as well as further improve the health conditions of Pinoys. With a vision to alleviate existing health conditions aside from providing business opportunities in the MLM industry, Edmark recently held an Expo as they launched the ED2E mobile app at the World Trade Center last December 11, 2017. 

One of the many advocacies of Edmark is to help alleviate obesity

Edmark helps in the fight against obesity
With all the Edmark executive present during the media briefing, the ED2E Mobile app is meant to be convenient for cashless transactions among members of the Edmark family. 

Edmark International executives during the press conference

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Great Coffee comes in Great Taste Muscovado Brown Coffee Mix

Great Taste Muscovado Brown Coffee Mix

I'm such an avid coffee drinker so each time there's a new variant from my favorite coffee brand, I really get excited to try them. I love to drink my cup of coffee first thing in the morning because it perks me up and allows me to stay awake and energized as I do all my tasks for the day. Great Taste Coffee gives coffee aficionados like me a reason to be happy about as they introduce a new coffee variant called Great Taste Muscovado. It's a richer and creamier coffee experience which I believe any coffee drinker would be able to enjoy. 

Rich and creamy coffee experience is achieved in Great Taste Muscovado Coffee

So what is it about the new Great Taste Muscovado Coffee that makes it more exciting? Lemme' count the reason why. (Just from my personal opinion)

Panasonic Corporation Donates 2,550 Solar Lanterns

Despite of the advancement in both Science and Technology, it comes as a surprise to learn that 1.2 billion people worldwide still do not have access to electricity. As part of its global initiative, Panasonic Corporation (PC) made a commitment to do its part to alleviate health and economic difficulties through their 100,000 solar lanterns project. 

Panasonic Corporation recently donated 2,550 solar lanterns to 10 humanitarian and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in the Philippines. The latest donation drive has brought this initiative to its 5th year with a total of 12,264 pieces of solar lanterns. 

Mr. Hayashi and Mr. Okuda of Panasonic 

A hand-over ceremony attended by more than 50 guests was held at Panasonic Manufacturing Philippines Corporation (PMPC) in Taytay, Rizal graced by DSWD-Disaster Response Assistance and Management Bureau Director Felino Castro V (10th from left); PMPC President Shinichi Hayashi (holding a solar lantern board); and PC-CSR & Citizenship Group, Program Management Section Leader Haruhisa Okuda (8th from right).  Other members of PMPC management include Executive Director Masaru Toyota (4th from left); Executive Director Yoshiyuki Takahashi (7th from left); Assistant Director Marlon Molano (2nd from right); Assistant Director Robert Pacheco (1st from left); and Air Conditioner Business Division Head Harry Sarmiento (2nd from left) with the officers and representatives of the 10 recipient-humanitarian and non-government organizations: Center for Excellence in Special Education (Stepping Stone) Foundation; Conrado and Ladislawa Alcantara Foundation; Davao Medical School Foundation - Institute of Primary Health Care; Interfaith Partnership for the Promotion of Responsible Parenthood; Jesus V. Del Rosario Foundation; Josefa Segovia Foundation; Konkokyo Peace Activity Center Information Office; Philippine Business for Social Progress; Pilipinas Shell Foundation; and Pambansang Kilusan ng mga Samahang Magsasaka (National Confederation of Small Farmers' and Fishers' Organization).

2017 marks the final year of the said Project. To date, over 92,000 lanterns have been donated through 131 humanitarian organizations in 30 countries since its debut in 2012. It also coincides the first half-century in business operation of Panasonic Manufacturing Philippines Corporation (PMPC) while next year will be the centennial or 100 year anniversary of Panasonic Corporation (Japan). 

The donation ceremony was held at Panasonic Manufacturing Philippines Corporation (PMPC)in Taytay, Rizal graced by DSWD-Disaster Response Assistance and Management Bureau Director Felino Castro V; PMPC President Shinichi Hayashi; and PC-CSR & Citizenship Group, Program Management Section Leader Haruhisa Okuda.  Other members of PMPC management include Executive Director Masaru Toyota; Executive Director Yoshiyuki Takahashi; Assistant Director Marlon Molano; Assistant Director Robert Pacheco; Refrigerator Business Division Head Angelo Tamayo; and Air Conditioner Business Division Head Harry Sarmiento.

"Today’s donation marks the 5th of such efforts in the Philippines under the “Panasonic 100 Thousand Solar Lanterns Project,” which is one of the clear manifestations of Panasonic commitment to serve society and help improve the lives of people along with the aspiration of having a world where “no one will be left behind” and in pursuing ‘A Better Life, A Better World’.  Since the time the Project was introduced in the Philippines, we continue to receive positive feedbacks and testimonies that serve as inspiration for us to strive for more, exerting our best effort to carry out our responsibilities as corporate citizens,” said Mr. Hayashi, PMPC President. 

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Cine Latino Free Film Screenings at the Shangri-La Plaza Mall

Just as we all thought that the Free Film Screenings Festivals were all done as the year is about to end, comes the very first Cine Latino Film Festival! Yes, it is the very first Latin American Film Festival which will be held from December 6 until 10, 2017 at the Shangri-La Plaza Cineplex in Mandaluyong City. 

Here are some of the films you guys shouldn't miss! Check these out:

Movie Title: El Hijo de la Novia (Son of the Bride)

Year: 2001
Duration: 124 min
Director: Juan José Campanella
Genre: Drama, Comedy
At age 42, Rafael Belvedere is having a crisis. He's overwhelmed by his responsibilities. He has achieved success, but continues to live in his father’s shadow. Just when Rafael feels most alone, a series of unexpected events lead him to reevaluate his life. A minor heart attack forces him to slow down and a reunion with Juan Carlos, a childhood friend, helps Rafael to reconstruct his past and look at the present in new ways.

Movie Title: Esperando la Carroza (Waiting for the Hearse)
Year: 1985
Duration: 87min.
Director: Alejandro Doria
Antonio Gasalla, China Zorrilla, Luis Brandoni, Julio De Grazia, Betiana Blum,Juan Manuel Tenuta, Mónica Villa, Cecilia Rossetto, Enrique Pinti, Andrea Tenuta,Darío Grandinetti, Lidia Catalano, Juan Acosta, Miguel Ángel Porro, Clotilde Borella
Genre: Dark Comedy
It tells a story about Mamá Cora, a woman in her eighties, her son's wife wants her out of the house as she is driving her mad. Mamá Cora tries to help unfortunately everything she does, she does it wrong. The family goes through lots of troubles trying to solve what to do with Mamá Cora. While all this happens, a confusion makes the family believe she dies.


Movie Title: Cidade de Deus (City of God )
Year: 2002
Duration: 129 min
Director: Fernando Meirelles
Alexandre Rodrigues, Leandro Firmino, Phellipe Haagensen, Douglas Silva,Seu Jorge, Jonathan Haagensen, Matheus Nachtergaele, Jefechander Suplino,Alice Braga, Emerson Gomes, Luis Otávio, Babu Santana, Gero Camilo
Genre:Drama, True story
Cidade de Deus (City of God) is a housing project built in the 1960's. During the early 80's became one of the most dangerous places in Rio de Janeiro. The tale tells the stories of many characters whose lives sometimes intersect. However, all is seen through the eyes of Busca-Pé, a poor black youth too frail and scared to become an outlaw but also to smart to be content with underpaid, menial jobs. He grows up in a very violent environment but Busca-Pé soon discovers that he can see reality differently than others. His redemption is that he's been given an artist's point of view as a keen-eyed photographer.

Movie Title: 2 Filhos de Francisco (2 Sons of Francisco)

Year: 2005
Duration: 115min
Breno Silveira
Angelo Antônio, Dira Paes, Márcio Kieling, Thiago Mendonça, Paloma Duarte
It tells the rags-to-riches story of two poor rural boys who grew up to become one of Brazil’s biggest sertanejo (the national "country" music) singers, Zeze di Camargo & Luciano.


Movie Title:  Subterra
Year: 2003
Duration: 108min
Director: Marcelo Ferrari
A story of a workers' uprising that took place in what was, at the time, the largest coal mine in the world. The quest to improve conditions both spiritual and material begins in the heart of one courageous man. But while the bosses plan the expansion of their vast empire, the workers experience an awakening, and begin to demand change.


Thursday, November 30, 2017

Nippon Paint Philippines Names Asia Designer Award 2017 Winners

Young architecture and interior design students were recently challenged during this year's  Asia Young Designer Award (AYDA), a prestigious design competition pioneered by world-renowned paint manufacturer, Nippon Paint (Coatings). A decade of holding this competition as part of the company's CSR (corporate social responsibility), it is Nippon Paint's vision to further encourage the future generation of design professionals to develop their God-given talents as well as express their creativity and passion for design. 

Nippon Paint executives and industry practitioners recently announced the Gold winners during its awarding ceremony held on November 24 at The Elements in Eton Centris, Quezon City. 

This year's theme was dubbed as: "You for Tomorrow: Future Living as Envisioned Today." For 2017, Nippon Paint has received over a thousand entries from hopeful participants who are students in different colleges and universities nationwide. The said theme tested each participants' technical ability and skills of young architects and interior design professionals to create concept that fulfill the need of the future dwellers. 

The Nippon Paint Young Designer award or AYDA began back in 2008 in Malaysia. It has  now expanded to 15 countries namely: Philippines, Singapore, Bangladesh, Thailand, Pakistan, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Vietnam, China, Japan, and Hong Kong, Sri Lanka, India and Taiwan. For AYDA Philippines, the said prestigious contest started three years ago and has been growing its popularity and participation nationwide.

For 2017, the panel of judges were composed of renowned and distinguished Filipino architects and designers from the industry.  It also had  renowned Malaysian Architect Boon Che Wee, Director of GRA Architects Sdn Bhd and President of Pertubuhan Akitek Malaysia (PAM), and award-winning Singaporean Interior Designer David I. Tay, Principal of ETHOSpace Pte Ltd. and recognized as one of the leading designers in Asia, as its first  ever regional judges in the history of AYDA.

All entries were screened and judged accordingly until they had chosen the 10 finalists  in the two categories: architecture and interior design. Gold and Silver winners, as well as Special Awardees in Best Design Innovation and Best Color Concept were also selected. Judging was presided by Architect Consuelo “Peach” Buencamino (Head Judge) and Architect Nina Bailon-Arce (Co-Head Judge), Architect Maria Benita Regala, Architect William Ti,Jr, Architect Boon Che Wee, Architect Veronica Villanueva, Architect Jose Ramon Carunungan, and Architect Chona Ponce; and, Interior Designer Wilfrid Magcase (Head Judge) and Interior Designer Michael Pizarro (Co-Head Judge), Interior Designer Belen Morey, Interior Designer Cynthia Almario, Interior Designer Ivy Almario, Interior Designer Cara Marie Marcrelo, and Interior Designer Rachelle Medina and Ms Mel Reyes  for the Architecture and Interior Design categories, respectively.

Sunday, November 26, 2017



Press Release: 

International football super star Cristiano Ronaldo, a Herbalife Nutrition-sponsored athlete since 2013, was recently named “The Best FIFA Men’s Player” for the second consecutive year.
The award was determined through a combined voting process that included the votes of team captains and managers from national teams all around the globe, an online public ballot of football fans, and votes by a select group of global media representatives.

“Cristiano proves once again that his dedication on the field and commitment to nutrition has elevated him to the top of his game, earning him one of FIFA’s top honors, The Best Men’s Player Award,” said Rich Goudis, CEO of Herbalife Nutrition.

Ronaldo, named the most famous athlete in the world by ESPN, adds to other major awards and accomplishments in 2017.  He won the 2016/17 UEFA Men’s Player of the year for the second consecutive year, after once again leading Real Madrid to the UEFA Champions League title and finishing as the top goal scorer, as well as helping his team win the Spanish La Liga cup.  In 2017, he also became the first player to score 100 goals in UEFA Champions League and European competitions.  He currently holds four Ballon d’ Or titles, the annual football award presented by France Football, and is in the running this year for his fifth.

Herbalife Nutrition-sponsored athletes use Herbalife® products before, during and after training and games. As part of its ongoing commitment to improving sports nutrition and performance, Herbalife Nutrition launched Herbalife24® CR7 Drive in collaboration with Cristiano Ronaldo, a sports drink designed specifically to meet the nutritional needs of the global soccer legend and benefit athletes of all levels.

Herbalife Nutrition supports more than 190 athletes worldwide. To learn more about Herbalife Nutrition sponsored athletes, visit To receive the latest company updates from Herbalife Nutrition, follow @HerbalifeNews.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Philcare's ER Vantage: Affordable Emergency Care for All

With the goal of making sure every Filipino can get adequate healthcare services, Philcare has come up with ER Vantage prepaid cards. Somehow, this takes away one's worries of increased hospitalization costs, especially during  times of emergencies.  It is Philcare's initiative and effort to reach out to more Filipinos who still can't afford to have their HMO coverage. 

Philcare's ER Vantage cards are both available for adults and kids.

Cliche as it may sound, but while it is true that nowadays, it is indeed, "Bawal magkasakit." Ironically, based on a survey, only 4% of Filipinos enjoy HMO coverage and most of them get such benefits from their employers. Unfortunately, for the typical hard-working Pinoys, they aren't simply prepared if and when a major health crisis does occur. 

I am speaking based on my family's own personal experience back in the summer of 2014, where me and my mom suffered from an ATV vehicular accident in an adventure theme park in Porac, Pampanga. Since I am working freelance, I did not have an HMO to begin with. It was truly heartbreaking going through that ordeal and because I did not know where could I get all the expenses needed for my Mom's hospitalization and operation since she has fractured her femur during that accident. I remember I had to knock on the hearts of people in order for us to get by. Looking back now, I regret not getting an HMO or at least a prepaid health card like Philcare's ER Vantage. 

ER Vantage Plus prepaid cards are available in ward, semi-private and private

Medical costs can be very expensive. In case of health setbacks, you need to have the right financial solutions so you can focus on recovering as soon as possible. 

When you're sure that your health is covered, you can focus more on the most important aspect: your own recovery.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Depression is a potentially deadly disease but we can fight against it

Life is full of ironies. Three years ago, when comedian Robin Williams hanged himself to end his suffering from drug addiction and chronic depression, everyone got the shock of their lives.  It was but a tragic way to bid his life goodbye. Despite of the glamour and glitz of Hollywood, Williams, who had rose to fame by making people laugh on his films chose to end his life by putting off his "jolly" mask and showing everyone his true emotions. This reminds me of Britney Spears' song entitled "Lucky". The said song rings true to Williams' life, it clearly states that despite the Hollywood fame, there's something missing in his life. Once the spotlights went off, he'd find himself alone and lonely. When he's all by himself, that's when depression creeps into him. 

"The truth shouts: No one is spared from depression."

Depression, a frequently misunderstood illness, seems to get media attention only when it's associated with a celebrity's death by suicide, or a celebrity makes controversial remarks about it. 

In the Philippines, depression was on the news because of now controversial remarks by comedian, TV host, and actor Joey De Leon. The veteran comedian gave such an insensitive remark that irked the public. He said: "Yung depression, gawa-gawa lang ng mga tao iyan. Gawa nila sa sarili nila." (Depression is something people make up. Something they do to themselves.) De Leon has since issued a public apology, explaining that he had wrong ideas about depression and that he was sorry for trivializing the pain of those suffering from it. 

There will really be times when we'd feel that the world will crumble before us. Personally speaking, I've had the worst time this year after having gone through a narcissistic relationship with my ex. So it's understandably so that for quite sometime, I really went through depression because at the time I really thought everything was my fault. I felt so worthless after i was devalued and then eventually discarded by him. But clinging on to God's promises, I know all these things shall pass. If it's not okay today, it's not yet the end. Eight months had passed since he left me hanging and totally left me as he blocked me off his life. I thank God for giving me the strength to carry on and I thank my family, my friends, and fellow bloggers for all the help and inspiration. It's true that there are still times when I feel sorry for myself, but still I am blessed to have been alive and enjoy the company of my loved ones. 

According to ManilaMed psychiatirst Tomas Bautista, MD, it's not surprising for someone like Joey De Leon to make incorrect, or even insensitive statements about depression, which is still a widely misunderstood and even stigmatized disease.

It’s a wake-up call. Persons like Joey de leon, whom we thought ay educated, ay wala palang alam sa depression. That’s one. Two, kasalanan ba ni Joey yun? E hindi naman niya specialty ang psychiatry.

So for his part, wag na sana siyang makialam sa mga bagay na hindi naman siya ang expert. Ayoko siyang i-bash. Kung tingin nya na-hurt niya ang mga depressed na tao then humingi siya ng tawad. Para naman sa akin, wake-up call talaga yun for everybody,” said Dr. Bautista. 

What depression means?

Dr. Bautista clarified that the word “depression” means two things. Usually, like Joey De Leon, many people think depression refers to the low, bad feeling we get when we go through loss, defeat, or feel frustration; the pain of separation, or loneliness.

In that sense, every person can get depression.  This type of depression can get really intense for example, when a loved one dies and a person grieves.

“ Pag nonpathological na depression, yes. Kasi ang depression is like you become depressed because you didn’t get what you want. Something happened that you didn’t expect. You lost somebody. May stages naman ang grieving, diba? End part ng grieving is depression and then acceptance na,” said Dr. Bautista.

This type of depression, no matter how intense or painful, eventually passes. It goes away, the person goes back to normal and moves on with his or her life.

This is not the case with pathological depression, which is not simply a bad feeling but an illness in the brain.  It can last weeks, months, years, or even a lifetime. If untreated, there is an increased likelihood that the depressed person may commit suicide.

Miss Asia Pacific International Returns

Forty-two beautiful women from different nationalities are vying for the much coveted crown in the search for the Miss Asia Pacific International 2017.  Hailed as the oldest beauty pageant in Asia, Miss Asia Pacific International began in as early as the 1960's. The good news is that it is now under a new ownership and management so we can all be assured there will be changes as well as more rooms for improvement. 

Purple Plum Fairy recently came to Edsa Shangrila Hotel to cover the press presentation of the Miss Asia Pacific 2017 candidates. The Miss Asia Pacific International 2017 is looking for women who would want to be the voice of beauty and harmony in diversity. They aim to empower women and to embrace and exercise their individuality, as well as encourage them to respect and appreciate themselves with confidence. This is not just another beauty pageant – this is a program that hopes to create ambassadors that ignite positive change in the global community.

Event's host Sam YG with Miss Asia pacific International 2016 winner Tessa Helena Le Conge from the Netherlands

Miss Asia Pacific International was in hiatus for a decade and was re-launched last year with the 22-year old Tessa Helena Le Conge from the Netherlands who emerged as the winner. The event took place at the renowned Sheridan Beach Resort & Spa in Puerto Princesa, Palawan. Now she is back in the country to turn-over the title and the spearheading of the organization’s advocacy to the next MAPI queen.

Miss Asia pacific International 2016 winner Tessa Helena Le Conge from the Netherlands 

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

HIV/AIDS amongst the Youth: An Alarming Reality and What We Can Do About It?

Purple Plum Fairy recently attended a round-table discussion on HIV and AIDS held at the Manila Medical Center(ManilaMed) Hospital with no less than Dr. Rontegene Solante, Infectious Disease Specialist. This initiative from ManilaMed is with regards to the 2016 National Study on the State of HIV Epidemic. 
Dr. Solante with the members of the media and Purple Plum Fairy herself.

As one of the country’s leading hospitals, ManilaMed is taking the lead on the issue of urban health, seeing that there is a need to address it in the midst of rapid urbanization and gentrification. I was surprised to find out that HIV had not only become prevalent amongst adults but more so with the youngsters. Yes, you’re reading these facts correctly. The youth aged 15-24 accounted for all new HIV diagnoses according to Dr. Solante based on a recent study by the Department of Health. 
Dr. Rontgene Solante, Infectious Diseases Specialist, Manila Medical Hospital (ManilaMed)

According to Dr. Solante, most of those new diagnoses amongst the youth (roughly about 81%) occurred among gay and bisexual males. Most likely out of any age group will be linked to care and have a suppressed viral load (that is, having a very low level of the virus in the body, which helps the person stay healthy and greatly reduces the risk of transmitting HIV to others). Addressing HIV in youth requires that we give young people the information and tools they need to reduce their risk, make healthy decisions, and get treatment and care if needed.

Mama Sita Foundation and Ateneo Celebrate Ilocano Cuisine and Crafts

Sweet Potato is the highlight of the night

Who would've thought that the mere Sweet Potato or locally known root crop Camote would be the highlight of the night when the Ateneo de Manila's students of SA 157: Introduction to Cultural Heritage under Fernando N. Zialcita, recently organized a special dinner featuring Ilocano cuisine? Camote was served in different ways that night. I never even thought there were a lot of other ways we could serve our good 'ol camote aside from having it boiled as it is or as camote cue.

Ilocanos are vegetable lovers

Ilocanos are known for their love for vegetables and root crops. They're vegetable-loving people and they would only include meats during special occasions where they serve some of the most popular Ilocano meat dishes such as igado, bagnet, dinardaraan, among many others. But then, these dishes are reserved for fiestas but aren't served during ordinary days. 

Ilocano Recipes for a Warmer Planet

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