Tuesday, May 23, 2017


Press release:

Actor Matteo Guidicelli, in cooperation with Sun Life Asset Management Company, Inc. (SLAMCI), will be launching a series of vlogs (Video Blogs), which aims to teach Filipinos about how investing can help make their #LifeGoals come true. 

Dubbed “Make It Mutual”, the vlogs will tackle topics relevant to personal finance, such as growing one’s money, beating inflation and investing regularly. To make it easy for the viewer to relate these to real life, the modules shall be demonstrated in themes familiar to them, like fashion and fitness, among others. 

All videos will be shared via social media to make it really accessible. 

“I’m thankful for the opportunity to lead another financial literacy campaign for SLAMCI. It’s definitely relevant and timely,” Mateo said. “I myself have life goals i’d like to pursue, and i’m happy to share that ever since i ‘made it mutual’ with SLAMCI, I’ve been well on my way to achieving all those goals. It would be great if more Filipinos can experience the same”.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Merck initiates campaign on International Thyroid Awareness week 2007

In time for the International Thyroid Awareness Week [ITAW] 2017, Merck, the leading science and healthcare innovation company has worked hand in hand with the Philippine Thyroid Association [PTA], Philippine Society of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism [PSEDM], and the Iodine Global Network [IGN], to raise consciousness and create more public awareness on thyroid diseases.

Thyroid disorders are some of the most common diseases worldwide. In our country, the case is about one in every 11 adults that suffers from goiter or other thyroid problems. It was also discovered that thyroid diseases are most common in women than in men. They are also at risk of hypothyroidism by 10 times. Studies also show that women who recently gave birth and those who are in the menopausal stage are more vulnerable.

You can have your thyroid checked and learn more about thyroid when you come and visit the International Thyroid Awareness Week 2017 on May 27, 2017, Saturday, at the Robinson’s Novaliches Trade Hall! There will be Free Thyroid screening, lectures and doctors consultaion plus other exciting perks in store for you. Best of all, they’re all absolutely FREE and it’s open to the public from 2:00 to 6:00PM!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

A Delicate Balance: A Window to the Batanes Way of Life

The popular images of Batanes are those of breathtaking verdant landscapes and blue waters, alternately agitated and calm. These northernmost Philippine islands have long been part of a traveler’s must-go-and-experience list.  But Batanes is more than just a weekend getaway.

“A Delicate Balance: Batanes Food, Ecology and Community” reveals why. A project of The Museo ng Kaalamang Katutubo (MusKKat), this handsome book explores how food, ecology, nature, and tradition, have shaped the Ivatan way of life in the last 4,000 years.  It also explains too that the Ivatan and the Itbayat, people of the Batanes, knew well how to husband resources through aeons, without depleting or otherwise compromising nature.  

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Coco Fresh Tea and Juice celebrates 20th year with a treat

Panda Milk Tea

Since the start of the milk tea craze here in Manila, I’ve always been fond of trying out milk tea places, be it the mall type ones or the hole-in-the-wall ones. However, only a few really stand out with their unique flavors or their exceptionally well done usual flavors. The tea competition is actually tough. 

Panda Milk Tea

My first encounter with Coco Fresh Tea and Juice was when they opened their branch in Gateway Mall, Cubao. The Taiwan-based franchise has come to the Philippine shore and it has so many branches across the metropolis. They’re offering different kinds of bubble teas.
If you’ll see a long queue near the escalator at the corner of Coco Fresh Tea and Juice at the Gateway mall, don’t be surprised. People don’t really mind the long lines just to get their fix of Coco Fresh Tea and Juice. 
Strawberrry Tea

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Edmark Philippines launches Troika, Cafe Power Black and N4s products

Edmark Philippines cheers as they welcome three new products: Troika Coffee, Cafe  Power Black and N4s

Filipino coffee drinkers will have another reason to rejoice. Edmark Philippines, the leading multi-level marketing industry with International Standard Operation (ISO) certified products recently launched two new variants of coffee and a sugar alternative drop. Edmark proudly brings the all-new Troika, CafĂ© Power Black and N4s [pronounced as Enforce]. 
Edmark International CEO Mr. Yap Wai Yen

Troika, is a premium gourmet coffee, an instant coffee made with ginseng, tongkat ali and ganoderma extracts. As we all know, ginseng has been used for thousands of years to further improve the overall health of human being. Ancient Chinese herbal traditions also prescribe that ginseng is effective for enlightening the mind and increasing wisdom. Ginseng coffee such as Troika promotes vitality and good health by overcoming general fatigue and increasing strength. Others also believed it is a pretty good aphrodisiac for the treatment of impotence. Another interesting note for this coffee is the presence of the active ingredient on ginseng called ginsenoside which has the power to sharpen the mind and memory as it helps increase concentration.  Coffee, of course is also known with boosting anti-oxidants that helps prevents certain cancers. 

Saturday, May 6, 2017

The Gardenia Pocket Sandwich: Pocketfull of Yummy Goodness

Yes, these Gardenia Pocket Sandwiches are Kyle's baon to guitar classes this summer

From the Vietnamese banh mi, the Indian vada pav and the Portuguese francesinha to the good old BLT and even ice-cream … the sheer choice of sandwich ingredients is an endless joy. Sandwich never fails to be the most convenient baon in school and perfect snack--you can bring it anywhere and enjoy it anytime. That's why it's such a delight to stumble upon Gardenia's Pocket Sandwich. 

Gardenia Pocket Sandwich actually makes sense for a bread company to come up with an interesting sandwich cut (Yes, dear, sans the brown part that we usually don’t eat!). No fancy bread shape, no color, but interesting taste can be found in the good old fashioned White Bread filling on a clear plastic pack. I won't delve too far into what the sandwich actually look here (you've got to buy the sandwich, you see?) but it is worth noting that it is so convenient plus it actually tastes good. 

Friday, May 5, 2017

Discover the Gift of a Lasting Love with a Francis Libiran Engagement and Wedding Rings


So you've finally found the woman of your dreams! Congratulations! You know she's the One and you wanted to spend the rest of your life with her. But of course, you wanted to put a ring on her finger. It's time to buy an engagement ring--and there are so many factors to consider and a flurry of engagement ring available, you guys will soon be into prime wedding planning. While choosing the right engagement ring is fretted and mulled over for months, its life partner, the wedding band can be something of an afterthought. But as a piece of jewelry, you know it's a piece you'll wear for the rest of your life, it pays to spend a bit of time finding the perfect rings for you and your fiancee. 

Well, if you ask my opinion, you'll never go wrong with a Francis Libiran. Celebrate your promise of forever with world-renowned designer Francis Libiran’s new wedding and engagement ring collection – Forever Francis Libiran.

Francis Libiran at work

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Free More Space + Storage made Simple with Loc & Stor 24/7

Lots of stuff, too little space: this is, unfortunately, a problem that almost every household comes up against at some point. There’s nowhere to store spices in the kitchen; shampoo bottles are falling off the shelves in the bathroom, your kids' old toys (that have some wonderful memories as well) and your wardrobe creaks from the weight of clothing you’ve stuffed in there. But for every problem there is always a solution — you just need to think creatively. Of course, you don't want your house to look cluttered, right? What if you can't truly just dispose all the items that you no longer need at home? That's where Loc & Stor 24/7 comes in, folks! 

In my desperate desire to seek a Zen-style minimalist home, I've stumbled upon Loc & Stor 24/7, a world-class self-secure storage facility in Pasig that offers affordable yet secure services in such convenient location. Oh, and yes, it's professionally operated patterned from those storage facilities found abroad. They build/convert/subdivide large buildings for the purpose of self-storage using steel partitions which provides as units ranging from 1.5 square meter lockers that can accommodate eight balikbayan boxes, to 18 square meter jumbo-sized units that can accommodate contents of half a 40-foot sea container. 

You've also got nothing to worry as they take your items in their climate-controlled top-quality facility. Finding a trustworthy storage unit is kind of like finding a trustworthy landlord, except you only really get to deal with the storage company once or twice when you sign up and move in. After that, you hopefully won't talk to them at all. You pay your rent, visit your storage unit when you need to get something or put something in, and that's all there is to it. However, there are some warning signs you should keep an eye out for to make sure your relationship with your storage company is a good one. With Loc&Stor 24/7, you're pretty much assured that you're in good hands. 

Fucidin® is Mom's Ally in the Fight Against Wound Infection

A wound is a break in the skin caused by a laceration (cut), abrasion (scrape), puncture, blister or incision (opening made during surgery or a medical procedure). Some wounds need stitches or glue to close them.

Caring for your child's wound is important to promote healing, avoid infection and minimise scarring. There are a number of things you can do to help your child's wound heal and prevent infection.

Different types of wounds require different dressing products and care. Your doctor or nurse will provide specific instructions and discuss a home dressing management plan. When it comes to caring for my child's wounds, I only trust Fucidin. I'll give you a little background on why I swear by Fucidin. 

Back in 2011, we almost lost Kyle (he was then around 8-years-old), my nephew who's almost like my son (I took care of him since he was a baby , up until now that's he's turning 15 by September). Kyle was ran over by an Isuzu car while he was crossing the street near our home. He had an avoulsed wound (an open wound) since the skin on his foot was practically peeled. It took a while before his wounds were healed. Before, we were cleaning his wounds with Sodium Hyperchloride (Yes, that's actually bleach!) together with another chemical (Sorry, I forgot what it was.) And I could vividly recall how my dear Kyle would scream at the top of his lungs each time the wounds' dressings had to be replaced. But thank God we were able to discover Fucidin. Kyle's avoulsed wound and his other bruises were able to heal faster. 

So when I was invited recently to an event by Fucidin, I said yes without hesitation. Most moms will agree with me that they'd do anything to care for  their child's health and well-being and to assure them to always be safe. Celebrity mom, Kris Aquino is like most of us. She too would fight against wound infection. In fact, during the said media event, Aquino said, "i have two boys and when they get a cut or a wound, I clean it with soap and water for 15 seconds. Then I apply Fucidin® agad,” she says. “Fucidin® is part of our wound care kit!"

Moms need to make sure the wound doesn’t get infected.  Infection occurs when bacteria enters the wound through a break on one’s skin. Bacteria may spread and lead to more serious diseases. Usually, the immediate response is to wash a wound well with soap and water. But cleaning may not be enough. It is also essential to apply a topical antibiotic like Fucidin® at the first sign of wound infection.

Fucidin ambassador Kris Aquino

Fusidic acid/sodium fusidate Fucidin® is a powerful antibiotic that is clinically proven against wound infection. It is fast-acting, working on the infection 2 minutes upon application and deep-penetrating, reaching the skin’s deepest layer 30 minutes after application. It also helps prevent bacteria from spreading.

Fucidin® comes in two variants. Fucidin® cream is ideal for exposed parts of the body like the face and hands, while Fucidin® ointment is ideal for dry, scaly or cracked lesions.

Fucidin topical ointment for wounds

Me and my family swear by Fucidin®  because it is clinically-proven, deep penetrating and powerful anti-bacterial solution to wounds/cut or abrasions. Cleaning wounds is never enough to prevent bacteria. It's always best to be safe than sorry. 

Fucidin® is from LEO Pharma, a Danish pharmaceutical company with a mission to help people achieve healthy skin. LEO Pharma is the pioneer in the development of fusidic acid. It has a wide range of products that are marketed in over 100 countries. LEO Pharma has more than 100 years of trusted heritage worldwide. 

Fucidin® is available in two variants: Fucidin ointment and Fucidin topical cream. It is available at leading drugstores nationwide. 

Disclaimer: I am not compensated for this post. Opinions expressed are 100% my own. 

Guide to the 3rd Argentine Film Festival 2017 at the Shang Cineplex

Argentina shares its passion for their favorite sport to the Philippines through the 3rd Argentine Film Festival.
This sport is at the heart of this Latin country’s culture and is an enormous source of pride. We may not know much about it but in order for you to understand their enormous love for the sport, you have to see it through this year's line up of films. Worry not though, you do not need to be a football fan to appreciate the films. Try to catch each films, it's open to the public, it's FREE admission. Just head over at the Shang Cineplex Cinema 4 from May 11-14, 2017.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Buddha Bar Manila's Eggsciting Magical Easter Holiday 2017

Buddha Bar Manila

Buddha Bar Manila, the world-class resto-bar lounge in Makati City was transformed into one magical fantasy land last Easter Sunday for their Magical Easter event. Who would have thought that a resto-bar for adults can also accommodate kids on a special Sunday for an afternoon of fun treats? Well, it was made possible with Buddha Bar Manila's Magical Easter Sunday.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Swiss Family Film Festival: Free Movie Screenings for the Family at the Shang

As part of the celebration of the 60th year of good diplomatic relations between Switzerland and the Philippines, the Swiss Embassy Manila proudly presents the first ever Swiss Film Festival which will feature family-friendly quality Swiss films with English subtitles. It's another reason for movie buffs to be happy about. What's more, the Swiss Film Festival, just like other annual international film screenings will be held open and FREE to the public! 

Yes, you're reading this right. Shangri-La Plaza, the metro's lifestyle and shopping destination and the home of international film screenings, will once again be the venue and host on the upcoming first Swiss Film Festival in the country. 
Swiss Ambassador the the Philippines, Ms. Andrea Reichlin

In partnership with the Embassy of Switzerland and Shangri-La Plaza, the first ever Swiss Film Festival will be held for two consecutive weeks beginning from April 28 to 30, 2017 and from May 5 to 7, 2017 at the Shangri-la Mall's Cineplex Cinema 4. 

It will be featuring three of the best Swiss films with family-themed movies such as Heidi, the award-winning film Vitus and Rascals on the Road. Shangri-La Plaza and the Swiss embassy Manila presents these inspiring and timeless classic stories for kids and kids at heart to enjoy and be able to relate with.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Mega Prime Golden Corn Kernel and Cream Style Cream Makes Summer Fun and Exciting

With summer's arrival, the pursuit of refreshing drinks to quench your thirst has never been more urgent. I'm sure most moms will agree that we can all feel the debilitating heat of the sun. Well, I've recently discovered Mega Prime Whole Kernel Corn and Mega Prime Cream Style Corn. These are new products which we've found out can help us alleviate the heat by coming up with a refreshing summer drink/smoothie. 

Forgo those dangerous detox cleansers, all you need is a blender to begin with and a can of Mega Prime Cream Style Corn. Your kids might also be able to lend you a hand while doing this special smoothie. Corn are known to be loaded with nutrients such as Ferulic acid, cancer-fighting beta-carotene, vanilic acid, coumaric acid, caffeic acid and syringic acid as well as other key phytonutrients provide by corn. Corn is also a good source of panthothenic acid, phosphorus, niacin, dietary fiber, manganese and vitamin B6.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Shangri-La Plaza's Chocolate Wonderland

One of the many attractions at the Shangri-la Plaza's Chocolate Wonderland is a huge chocolate decor fountain

If you're a chocolate lover, you'll surely be amazed with the ongoing Shangri-La Plaza's Chocolate Wonderland happening at the metro's top lifestyle destination, the Shangri-La Plaza Mall in Mandaluyong. Upon entrance, you'll be welcomed by a gigantic chocolate fountain decor along with a huge ice cream on for lots of photo opportunity. Be ready to be transported to the wonderful world of chocolates that kids and those kids at heart will surely enjoy.

Huge ice cream great for photo opps

Another place where you can have your photo taken

Chocolate is a food derived from the beans of the tropical cacao tree (Theobroma cacao), much of it grown in western Africa where high temperatures and rainfall provide perfect growing conditions. The chocolate you eat is produced from cacao beans in a multi-stage process. After harvesting, the beans are allowed to ferment, then dried, cleaned, and ground to produce a paste. This is then pressurized to form two ingredients known as chocolate liquor (also referred to as "cocoa liqor" or "cacao liqor") and cocoa butter. Different types of what we call chocolate are made by blending the liquor and the butter in varying proportions. The finest dark (plain) chocolate is made with at least 70 per cent cacao liquor and butter, while milk chocolate is made with only 50 per cent. White chocolate is make from cocoa butter without added cacao liquor.
From imported one like Marks and Spencers, chocolate bars are made available for everyone

You’ve probably read that chocolate affects your brain by causing the release of the “happiness neurotransmitters” – serotonin, dopamine, and endorphins. Just like coffee, chocolates are good source of polyphenol antioxidants. 

Shangri-La's Chocolate Wonderland began last Easter Sunday and you better hurry because it will end this coming April 23, 2017! It's really worth checking out. The festival is filled not just with chocolatey goodness to sink our teeth in but stuff to keep you entertained like jugglers, musicians, magicians, stilt-walkers and dancers to add more magical experience to the Willy Wonka-chocolate-one-of-a-kind-place. 

Villa del Conte chocolates in their signature orange and brown boxes

Almond Roca from Candy Corner

Specialty truffles in chocolates

Shangri-La's tenants Candy Corner, Epicurious, Marks & Spencers, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Rustan's Supermarket, Villa del Conte and Wicked, including Shangri-La's premiere hotels EDSA Shangri-La Manila, Makati Shangri-La and Shangri-La The Fort, as well as international brands Toblerone, Cadbury ans Kinder Chocolate Cereals also participated in the said chocolate fair. 

Kid's favorite Kinderjoy Mascot

Chocolate Polvoron
Local chocolate enterprises and chocolatiers are also very much represented in the chocolate fair. The country's very own Theo & Philo, Malagos Chocolates, Coco Dolce, Hiraya Chocolates, Cacao de Davao, Chocoliz, Top Chefs, ChocoATBP, Cocoa Monster, Machiavelli and Manila Chocolatier, NIJI Desserts, Choco-Liquor Cakes by celebrity Maricar Reyes-Poon, BiteSize PH, Truffles by K, Hungry Pac, Agueda Manila, Raneese PB Cups, TsokoFino, Ginto Premium Chocolates, Shorts Gourmet and CMBV Confectionaries. 

Matcha lovers will be glad they've got Matcha Oreo Barks being sold too.

Cacao from Davao is also a hit

There will also be games and free sampling of chocolate confections, activities, demos and workshops to look forward to. You may join the workshops on April 22 with the Chocolate Praline Making Demo by Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts at 3:30PM, Truffle Making Workshop by Wicked follows at 5:00PM; Chocolate Tasting Workshop by Hiraya Chocolates at 6:00PM. And on April 23, there will be another Chocolate Praline Making Demo by Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts at 3:30PM and Matcha Chocolate Making Workshop by Top Chef follows at 5:00PM. 

Also in line with the CSR of Shangri-La Plaza, together with the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Shang also took the chance and treated children from 4Peace Mandaluyong Chapter with special lunch, goodies, plus a delicious brownie decorating workshop. 

So, what are you waiting for, grab this chance to visit the Shangri-La Plaza's Chocolate Wonderland from April 16-23, 2017! See you there!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Ice N Cream by Novotel Manila Opens

Ice N Cream by Novotel opens this April 16, 2017
Ice cream lovers unite! Ice N Cream by Novotel gives ice cream fans an exciting news to be happy about. Novotel Manila Araneta opens Ice N Cream, the newest ice cream destination to beat the summer heat! Starting this April 16, 2017, which falls on the Easter Sunday--Ice N Cream launches their awesome flavors and they're so generous that they're giving free complimentary scoop of ice cream for every ice cream scoop purchase. This promo begins from the store opening, April 16 up to April 29.

The delightful way to create your ice cream at Ice N Cream by Novotel Manila

Monday, April 10, 2017

Introduction to Crystals: How Crystals Help Empower You

Money Magnet Charm

Interested in crystals and curious about how you can harness some of their power in your own life? Join Ms. Sylvia Mariano of Minex Crystals—a leading expert on crystals—for an exclusive seminar to learn how to use crystals to attract true love, be a money magnet and give solutions to other problems. Just register on their Facebook page to snag your free spot. 

For thousands of years, ancient civilizations have used crystals to release mental, physical and spiritual blockages. Since crystals come from the earth, when they're placed on your body, they help you connect to the planet's healing energy, leaving you feeling more relaxed and balanced. Each crystal has unique properties and energies to heal different aspects of your life.


Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser: Go deep with the science of gentle Not all skincare brands are made equal

Cetaphil Oily Skin Cleanser

I have a very sensitive skin. My skin pretty much reacts almost anything I slather on it. Skin reactions such as skinbumps or skin erosion. During the summer and the cold holiday season, I'd experience skin flushing with itchy overly dry skin. After consulting with m derma, I've found out I have this skin condition called rosacea. That's how I discovered Cetaphil. Since then, it's been part of my daily beauty routine. My dermatologist then had recommended for me to use Cetaphil cleanser because it won't be harsh on my sensitive skin.

Saturday, April 1, 2017


With four new eye-catching colors, Banana Peel flip flops, the local flip flop concept store in the Philippines, introduces its next new attraction—the Hopscotch Collection for kids.

The Hopscotch collection is all about fun as kids get to choose from a variety of bright colors (Knucklebones/Mustard Yellow, Spud/Black, Simon Says/Bezique Green and Cariboo/Pink) to match their personalities and energy. Kids are always up for excitement and adventure and Hopscotch flip flops are designed to go along with them, wherever they go.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

PowerClean Chemicals by Oxychem Product Review: Effectively cleans and affordable high quality cleaning product


Cleaning dirt from clothes can be difficult for working mothers

Whether you go with old-school bleach or earth-conscious bi-carb soda, finding a surface cleaner as well as trusted household cleaning materials  that actually produce satisfying results can really be difficult. Fact is, sorting through shelves bulging with big claims and cool packaging of cleaning products in the market today, it’s revealed that price is rarely an indicator of its performance.

Coming home and seeing all these kitchen mess seems like hell right?
I spend a lot of time in the kitchen (I think we all do) but sometimes cleaning up can feel like a chore. We also don’t have a dishwasher, since I am forever washing dishes. There are a lot of companies that use strong chemicals and detergents in their products that isn’t great for the environment—or your skin. I recently stumbled upon PowerClean Chemicals by Oxychem.

Collectors Hive: A site exclusively for all collectors and enthusiasts

I have a confession to make: Only a few people who are really close to me knows that I am a certified toy collector. Consequently, over the years, I have amassed toys: from my McDonald’s Happy Meal items, stuffed toys, rugged dolls, Cabbage Patch Kid dolls, to cute little trinkets among other things. These toys help me alleviate my loneliness on being alone. One of my biggest worries, however, is that if I should expire soon and my loved ones discover my toy collection after my demise, they will surely be shocked. 

I recently learned about Collectors Hive, an online portal made exclusively for collectors by collectors themselves. It’s made to address the needs of hard core collectors. Collectors Hive provides a venue for active collectors to keep valuable memories and in the process create a wholesome atmosphere for fellow collectors. Regardless of what you collect, whether it's a stamp collection, postcards, Gundam toys, die-casts, Coke items, Barbie dolls, Santa Claus items etc.--there'll surely be something interesting that you'll definitely find at Collectors Hive. 

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