Thursday, June 29, 2023

Thoughtful and Unique Gift Ideas for Every Occasion


Gift-giving is a wonderful way to express love, gratitude, and appreciation for the important people in our lives. However, finding the perfect gift can often be a daunting task. Luckily, in this article, we've curated a collection of thoughtful and unique gift ideas that are suitable for every occasion.

Handcrafted Artisanal Gifts

When it comes to gift-giving, handcrafted artisanal gifts have a special charm. These unique
creations reflect the skill, creativity, and passion of talented artisans. Consider gifting a beautifully hand-carved wooden sculpture or hand-painted piece of pottery as gifts for teachers. These gifts not only showcase craftsmanship but also add a touch of personality and authenticity to any occasion, whether you are shopping for a birthday or just for simple appreciative teachers gifts. By supporting local artisans, you contribute to the preservation of traditional art forms and promote sustainable practices.

Wednesday, June 28, 2023

7-Eleven invites Filipinos for a ‘grocery day’ with over 300 items in their anniversary sale

This 7-Eleven Day, convenience store giant 7-Eleven Philippines celebrates another anniversary by giving back to customers. The 24-hour, five-day birthday sale is scheduled for July 7 to 11. This is the brand's biggest party, with savings of up to 50% across over 300 item categories, as well as limited-time bargains on in-house favorites including Crunch Time Chicken, City Cafe, 7-Fresh Siopao, and Big Bite Hotdog.

As 7-Eleven continues to lead the market in store footprint, food innovation, and service advancements, 7-Eleven Day is yet another attempt to express gratitude to the brand's customers who continue to flock to the brand's locations.  Furthermore, 7-Eleven is positioning this year's event as a 'grocery day' for the general public, with significant discounts and promotions on pantry basics and personal care items.

Heart health advocates gain ground but fight for Trans Fat-free PH is on


They say a good start is half the battle, and with Department of Health (DOH) Administrative Order (AO) 2021-0039 going into effect on June 19, 2023, the campaign to eliminate industrially manufactured trans fatty acids is off to a solid start acids (iTFA) in the country has reached a watershed moment.

Enacted two years ago, AO 2021-0039 mandated food manufacturers to eliminate iTFA from their pre-  packaged and processsed products, with this policy coming to fruition on the 19th. Following the DOH's iTFA ban, the Philippine Heart Association (PHA) continues to be aggressive in the ongoing campaign for a Trans Fat-free nation, increasing awareness about the cardiovascular threat. On June 28, PHA Director III and Advocacy Committee Chair Dr. Luigi Segundo presented its weekly Usapang Puso sa Puso webinar.

Dr. Louella Santos, cardiologist and lipidologist and president of the Philippine Lipid and Atherosclerosis Society, explained the nature of cholesterol as well as the dangers of iTFA.
Total cholesterol is measured via a blood test and consists of three components: triglycerides, high-density lipoproteins (HDL), and low-density lipoproteins (LDL).

“Triglycerides come from sugar, flour, white rice, bread, and desserts to name a few. HDL is good cholesterol, LDL is bad cholesterol or Lechon de Leche, which we avoid because it clogs our arteries and could lead to either a heart attack or stroke.”

Citing it as the scariest type of fat, Trans Fats are produced by adding hydrogen to vegetable oils in order to extend the shelflife of products, thus the terms “hydrogenated oils” and “partially hydrogenated oils” seen in the ingredients of some products indicate the presence of TF.

Santos went on to say that foods strong in mono or polyunsaturated fats are what raise HDL levels, and that it is critical to get a lipid profile early on because high cholesterol is silent, appearing in symptoms such as fatigue.

Blockages can be fatal. Segundo, who echoed the importance of risk factor screening, stated that even if you don't feel anything out of the norm, getting tested is critical for preventative treatment.

He also stated that the PHA's Healthy Lifestyle Advocacy, 52100 (five servings of fruits and vegetables each day, no more than 2 grams of salt, an hour of exercise per day, no smoking, and no sugary drinks) is a feasible option. means of keeping the risk variables at bay.

“Risk prevention is comprehensive. 52100 is important, and even if cholesterol isn’t mentioned, 52100 addresses cholesterol issues through a healthy lifestyle.”

As a public interest group, ImagineLaw has been advocating for the total eradication of Trans Fat in the country, and has partnered with the PHA, government, and other Civil Service Organizations (CSOs) in their campaign.

Project Manager for the Trans Fat Elimination initiative Atty. Mikhail Millan spoke of how it was a “multi-sectoral effort” that led to the current ban. However, while the DOH AO has come to fruition, legislation that would completely outlaw TFs in the Philippines, remains under scrutiny in Congress and the Senate.

Both Senate Bill 1286 and House Bill 8128 (Trans Fat-Free Philippine Act) remain pending in Senate Committees. Atty. Milan referred to the ban on iTFA as “a victory for the Filipino Heart”, while the launching of the Bantay Kontra Trans Fat Network initiative of health advocates was also announced with the aim of monitoring compliance with the ban. He also called on all Filipinos to join in the efforts to enforce AO 2021-0039 by reporting any products or manufacturers that deviate.

“Two ways to report. The official one is on the FDA website for any violations, but we can also visit Trans Fat-Free Philippines on FB, to act as a hotline for any reports. Since June 19, we’ve received a lot of reports of possible violations. We need three things to send sa FB: name of store and city or municipality where it was bought, date, clear pic of the brand and the nutrient label of the product.”

For Segundo, a country free from the dangers of Trans Fat is a goal that everyone must come together to achieve; a vision that is all-encompassing.

Monday, June 26, 2023

Former “That’s Entertainment” Star Brylle Mondejar Releases New Single

Brylle Mondejar

Brylle Mondejar, a TV and film actor, recently released his first single "Bayaning Pilipino" on all major music streaming platforms. The song is the former That's Entertainment star's first ever. He made an attempt at releasing a song, and he couldn't have picked a better topic to sing about.

"Bayaning Pilipino" is a rousing musical tribute to Filipino workers abroad, recognizing their hard labor and sacrifice, unwavering determination to overcome obstacles and essential service to the country. He considers it as his contribution to the Philippines' economy. The song's publication a few days before the annual International Day of the Seafarer (June 25) is a deliberate attempt on Brylle's side to thank and respect the gallant and courageous seafarers, the men and women in the maritime business are frequently underappreciated.

Along with praising OFWs, the song aims to throw a light on the hero that dwells within every Filipino's heart. On this, Brylle shares, “We often hear people and even ourselves say
‘mahirap mahalin ang Pilipinas.’ But who else will love the Philippines? I choose to believe in the uniqueness of the talent and skills of Filipino workers. And I choose never to give up believing in the goodness of the Filipino heart. I hope this song becomes a reminder that there is much to love about the Philippines and about Filipinos.”

“Bayaning Pilipino” is available for streaming on Spotify, iTunes, and Apple Music.
Brylle Mondejar was among the teen stars who were part of the iconic talent reality TV show “That’s Entertainment”. He is currently part of the cast of GMA Kapuso network’s daily afternoon soap “The Seed of Love.”


Sunday, June 25, 2023

Petron introduces Fiesta Gas refillable LPG cylinder in Luzon


Petron and DOE officials present during the product launch at the Petron service station in Diego Silang C5 - (from left) Petron LPG Metro Area Retail Sales Manager Kristian Paul Dantes, Petron AVP for LPG Business Andrew Tan, Petron VP for Industrial Sales Virgilio Centeno, DOE-Oil Industry Management Bureau (OIMB) Director Rino Abad, DOE Senior Research Specialist Engr. Robert Cardinales, and Petron AVP for Service Station Group Michael Flores.

Following its triumphant debut in the Visayas last year, the new Fiesta Gas 170-gram in refillable cylinders, the latest innovation in the LPG category from industry leader Petron Corporation, is now available throughout Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon.

The Fiesta Gas 170-gram refillable cylinders are designed to be compatible with LPG-rated portable burners and grillers, and the packaging is composed of seamless aluminum alloy that can bear high pressure, in accordance with Philippine National Standards (PNS).

Tuesday, June 20, 2023

5 Foods That Help Relieve Bloating


Bloating is a common problem that can make you feel uncomfortable and can also take a toll on your confidence. And when you combine bloat and fatigue, it’s a recipe for wanting to stay in and avoid social interactions. Thankfully, some surprisingly simple changes to your diet can make a difference in how you look and feel. Check out this list of foods that could help reduce bloating and fatigue so you can feel like yourself again.

Saturday, June 17, 2023

Dairy Queen unveils cool new treats for the gigachads in your life this Father’s Day


Who comes to mind when you hear the word "gigachad"? There may be a variety of reasons why that would be their fathers for many people. Dads are protective and dependable breadwinners who also give their children an emotional and physical sense of stability. They merit a great present on Father's Day because of this!

Don't worry if you're still stumped as to what to get your dad for his special day—we've got you covered! Dairy Queen's new Father's Day Blizzard Cake and Father's Day Blizzard Topper - Amazing Blue Swirl are two limited-time deals that will make dad's day extra special.

The first is the Father's Day Blizzard Cake, which costs just P1199 for an 8-inch round cake! Enjoy a cake made entirely of ice cream, with a base of Dairy Queen's decadently creamy vanilla soft serve, a middle layer of the chain's renowned fudge and crunch, and a top layer of Oreo Blizzard. The cake is then covered in delicious blue frosting and finished with a quick massage tailored especially for him.

Tuesday, June 13, 2023

Home Credit Philippines eyes further growth with its acquisition by Thailand’s Krungsri, Japan’s MUFG


Home Credit Philippines ("HC Consumer Finance Philippines, Inc."), a leading consumer lending company, announced its new following the conclusion of its acquisition by Krungsri ("Bank of Ayudhya PCL"), Thailand's fifth largest financial group, and Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group ("MUFG"), Japan's global financial leader.

The transaction was finalized for EUR 406 million (PHP 24.4 billion). The final consideration is subject to a one-to-one adjustment based on the equity book value at the transaction's closure.

PPF Group, Home Credit Philippines' parent company situated in the Czech Republic, has agreed to buy Home Credit Philippines from MUFG and Krungsri. Krungsri owns 75% of the company, with MUFG owning the remaining 25%.

“We are pleased to announce the handover of Home Credit Philippines to our new shareholders Krungsri and MUFG, both market leaders in the financial industry. Together with our new shareholders, we are opening the next chapter for Home Credit.

The Philippines, building on the high performance that we have set over the past nine years. We are optimistic about our future together,” shared David Minol, Home Credit Philippines’CEO.

Saturday, June 10, 2023

Directions II - An Art Exhibit by Manila Vice Mayor Yul Servo Nieto at Art Gallery by The Manila Hotel


Directions Ii by Yul Servo Nieto

Actor/Politician John Marvin “Yul Servo” Nieto is publicly unveiling his most esteemed role yet, hosting his second solo art exhibition — which runs through at The Art Gallery of Manila Hotel starting June 11. Titled “Directions II,” it’s a collection of contemporary metal artworks that the actor/politician has made. We will highlight ‘Yul Servo’ the artist in this one-of-a-kind medium as metal artwork gets center stage.

Yul Servo doing his art work
Yul Servo is

Friday, June 9, 2023

Camella Manors Upstate launches Showroom with Dear Joe's 25th branch opening


The showroom of Camella Manors Upstate 

Camella Manors Upstate in Bay, Laguna proudly presented a significant achievement for the year with the recent grand launch of their showroom alongside the inauguration of the 25th branch of the first-ever letter-writing cafe in the Philippines, Dear Joe.

The milestone activity drew attention in the area, attracting a diverse audience of over a hundred individuals, including VIPs, valued business partners, proud homeowners, and enthusiastic investors.

The newly unveiled showroom holds importance as it serves as a dynamic space for sellers, where they can meet and answer potential investors' needs. Moreover, the showcase area provides both the sellers and investors a visual appreciation of the condominium unit they will be investing in. It offers a platform for potential buyers to explore the meticulously crafted living spaces and immerse themselves in the envisioned ambiance of this upscale residential development.

The esteemed presence of Vista Land Chairman, Manny Villar, and Vista Land Chief Operating Officer, Jerylle Luz Quismundo, added an air of prestige and grandness to the event. Their attendance symbolized the commitment of the company's top leadership to the success of Camella Manors Upstate and further heightened the significance of the occasion.

Camella Manors Upstate : Pioneering an Elevated Living in Bay, Laguna

Camella Manors Upstate is poised to revolutionize the concept of living, redefining lifestyle, and promising an enhanced quality of life. Nestled in the enchanting municipality of Bay, this resort-themed condominium community will provide residents with an unparalleled living experience. It stands as the first lifestyle vertical village in Laguna, offering dream spaces and an array of resort-themed amenities that amplify the already refreshing ambiance of the locale.

The newly unveiled fully-furnished condominium unit in Camella Manors Upstate showroom.

Wednesday, June 7, 2023

3 Best OGAWA Products for Father's Day Gift Guide: Treat Dad to the Ultimate Massage Experience


Father's Day is a holiday celebrated around the world, including the Philippines. It is a day to remember and commemorate our fathers, grandfathers, stepfathers, and other father figures in our life. Giving thoughtful gifts is one of the best ways to express our love and appreciation. And when it comes to father's day presents, OGAWA goods are ideal.

OGAWA is a well-known brand in the health and wellness market, providing high-quality massage chairs, foot massagers, and other wellness items. Their goods are well-known for their creative features, fashionable designs, and high performance. This article will go over the top three OGAWA goods that are ideal for Father's Day gifts.

OGAWA Master Drive AI Genuine Leather

The OGAWA Master Drive AI Genuine Leather is the epitome of luxury and relaxation. It is equipped with advanced artificial intelligence technology that can detect the user's body shape and adjust the massage accordingly. The chair has a total of 12 auto-massage programs, including deep tissue massage, Thai massage, and stretching, to provide a customized massage experience.

The Master Drive AI also has Zero Gravity, which raises the user's legs to the same level as the heart, decreasing spinal pressure and increasing circulation. In addition, the chair incorporates an airbag massage system that targets specific areas such as the shoulders, arms, and feet.

The Master Drive AI's sleek and sophisticated design makes it an ideal addition to any home or business. It is available in two basic colors: black and oyster grey. If you want to give your father the utmost in relaxation, the OGAWA Master Drive AI Massage Chair is the ideal present.

The Master Drive AI Black Genuine Leather will be priced at Php 430,000 (SRP: Php 549,000) and will be accessible for a 36-month installment at 0% interest rate for only Php 11,944 per month when purchased using major credit cards such as HSBC, Metrobank, Citibank, Union Bank, Bank of Commerce, BPI, and RCBC.

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